What To Do When 50% Of Your Students Send In Copied Work? Guest post by: ALICIA ROTHERAuthor Bio: Alicia Rother is a freelance content strategist who works with small businesses and startups to boost their brand reach through creative content design and write-ups. Her area of expertise include digital marketing, infographics, branding, and SEO.Copied or plagiarized work is considered any work that contains the exact words or phrases written by someone else without mentioning the writer. Giving in plagiarized papers is, unfortunately, nothing uncommon for students, especially high school and university students. However, teachers have to cope with this problem properly and try to prevent it from happening or at least decrease the percentage of plagiarized work.How can you, as teachers, do this? As teachers, you know that students always look for the shorter and easier way of writing their papers. To speak the truth, you expect that some of them won’t even try to do the work themselves and will send in copied work, hoping that you won’t notice. But, the problem arises when an alarming 50% of your students plagiarize. That is a high percentage of plagiarism at school and it needs to be treated properly. In order to be able to do that, you have to find out what is the reason behind their plagiarizing. To identify the reason behind the big percentage of plagiarized work, you have to talk to your students openly. Ask them why their works are plagiarized. You might be surprised by the answers you get. There might be students who don’t know or don’t understand what is actually considered as plagiarism, or don’t know how to cite or paraphrase the sources they used for writing their papers. Once you know the reason, you can devote a few classes to teach them more about plagiarism

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