homework or a worksheet that is supposed to be some sort of study guide for a test.
When I inquire about this "borrowing" of other student's work, I'm usually given a strange excuse like, "Oh Mrs. so-and-so doesn't mind; it's just for review." I don't even want to know if this is true, as that would lead to an entirely different topic.
As I stroll around my study hall, I sometimes ask students about the homework or other activities they're working on, curious about what their traditional teachers are assigning. I may ask a student, "What's the purpose of this assignment?" Occasionally, I get a reasonable answer; others, I get a shrug and an, "I don't know."
If the activity is so ill-conceived that the student has no idea of its value, what incentive does he have to complete it?
Don't bad activities and homework encourage students to cheat?