Monday, September 9, 2013

It's Just Another Manic Monday

Thursday night I mostly lost my voice. It's not all the way gone. I sound like a bullfrog. I caught Daddy's cold + had allergies = my voice loss.

It's happened before. I called my doctor's office first thing. I told the nurse, "I really don't know if you can do anything for me. I think it's viral. I just need advice on getting through this. I have really bad allergies; when I get a cold on top of them poof my voice sometimes goes." She thought I should come in. I'm going in at 11. Luckily my doctor's office is 5 minutes from here.

Mica woke up with a stomach ache. He said he didn't sleep well all night. He would barely touch his breakfast. I said, "Mica do you need to stay home?" He said, "Yes." Daddy stayed home with him. Daddy's not busy at work right now. He likes just about any excuse to stay home. If it were up to him he'd go part time to work on artwork.

To top it all off I had to go in to one of my high level classes to have a little talk. I mustered up the very little voice I have to get out that it's not ok to write notes saying, "Plagiarism", and sticking it up on someone's work in the hallway. If they have a problem with artwork being plagiarized they need to come see their teacher, the education director, or the director of the school. In this case they had an assignment to change a logo. The logo was changed, not a ton, but it was changed. In the real world sometimes logos are not revised a massive way. More times than not they are changed slightly.

I took the president's wife over to look at it to see if she thought it was plagiarized? She didn't think so. This next part I didn't say to them, but thought it: Often times in cases where they don't change something as much as they could, it is reflected in their grading, which is no one's business.

Trust me in the past I have had problems with plagiarism. This is not one of those cases. It seems more to me like someone that is a really good, talented student, has their head a little high up in the sky. They scoffed at the fact that it wasn't totally new, and wrote what they did not once, but twice to stick it up on the wall.

It ended with the Education Director saying that they could be expelled by defacing property.

There you have it, I already played good cop/bad cop today.


8 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Plagiarism is such a trick thing since there are touchy grey areas. I always err on the side of caution and cite every single thing even if I'm just drawing my idea from that source.

Masshole Mommy said...

Maybe I am being a dope here, but how do you plagiarize art? Isn't all art subject to the artist's perception?

Theresa said...

I am with Robin here? I don't see how one could copy art and pass it off as their own?

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I had a couple of problems with students plagiarizing back when I taught college classes too.

~ Noelle said...

Oh no...
Hope you get to feeling better and get your voice back... I am sure that is really hard to deal with when you are teaching...
As for the student, I hope they learn, but glad to hear that there is a plan of action if it happens again...

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

And the year has just started!! I don't envy you having to put up with all the problems..... Get your voice back soon!!!

Leovi said...

Yes, some nice pictures! I like that beautiful church!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Oh boy, the joys and perils of being a teacher!

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