Okay, so first I am very scarce, dear readers. And then I pop back in periodically, write, and disappear again. And now I am blogging “shop”: in this case, something for the teachers among you.
Those of you who teach (especially in colleges) know that plagiarism is a serious problem, and teaching students what it is and how to avoid it is not as simple or straightforward as one might think. Students often do not know they are plagiarizing, by not citing or using sources correctly, and simply showing them the MLA works cited format in a writing handbook is not enough. We’ve all caught students who plagiarized part of even the most carefully-constructed assignment, at one time or another. Mike, at Vitia,suggests forcing students to quickly produce an essay by plagirizing net sources, in order to show them how not to plagizrize. Here, he describes the assignment in an entry wonderfully entitled “Let’s Plagirize,” and here, he gives a follow-up report. I think it is a cool idea with a lot of possibilities for adaptation in different fields of study.