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A student lied about an assignment recently and it has thrown me for a loop. I am disappointed. I've drafted that post three times today, but it's one that will need to sit awhile.
I keep coming back to consequences, character and compassion. How do we act compassionately while still teaching students that character matters.
When we lie we face consequences. When we cheat on our taxes or speed down the highway, we risks consequences. There's no sugar coating that truth.
High school students, like the rest of us, sometimes make bad decisions. Sometimes they act in the moment and don't realize the consequences (executive functioning after all isn't fully functional). Sometimes those mistakes are minor--on a scale of one to ten they fall at a five or below-- cheating on a homework assignment, making up an excuse or lying about why something wasn't completed. I don't think those are gateway "crimes", but I do think that they indicate a need for a change in course. They indicate a need for conversation and instruction. They are not life threatening mistakes like weapons, drugs, fights and the like, but they matter too.
So how do you shape students' characters? How do you turn mistakes into learning opportunities? Can we compassionately correct, in ways that teach instead of shame (as Pam said on Brian's post about a tech mistake yesterday). What would you do?
That's what's on my mind today. What about you?