I had three students who are apparently friends who decided to work together on their homework. I am not opposed to study groups. But when 30% or more of the answers are the exact same words, thereâ€™s a problem. And they missed the exact same five questions in the exact same way.
I called and left messages requesting call backs. I could have waited until tomorrow, but I didnâ€™t want them to collaborate (and risk another zero) on tonightâ€™s homework. Only one student called me back and she was none too happy. Her mother called me back also. Iâ€™m not allowed to speak with studentsâ€™ parents; itâ€™s against the law in Texas. That didnâ€™t go over too well.
I decided that I would offer them a chance to do one half of the work over, using different sections to answer the questions. I picked nine different sections, so that each student would have to work alone and their wouldnâ€™t be any accidental unauthorized collaboration.
Only one student called me back, though, and I am afraid all three of them will think I intended them to do the same three and not get back to me about what their actual re-work possibility is.
I donâ€™t want them to drop. They have great potential. I just want them to do their own work and not receive a group grade. I hope they wonâ€™t let this permanently discourage them from the class.
I called the student who did call me again. I left a message encouraging her to stay in the class. I hope she will.