I was subbing for a seventh grade English class somewhere. I was to give a pretest for spelling after the kids had finished their worksheet. I asked the kids to put their words away, to take the pretest.
As I was giving out the words along with sentences to go along with the word - I noticed one girl copying directly from her worksheet.
Now - it's always best to presume innocence - right?
"Dear - I think you need to put your worksheet in your folder."
"She's cheating." Another student was horrified.
"Just put it away." I said.
The young dear looked at me and announced... "We can look at these for our pretests - how else are we going to know how to spell them?"
I was not prepared for her to defend herself in THAT manner.
"THE pretest is just so you get an idea on what words you have a problem with." Another student suggested irritatedly.
"I'm not putting it away." She was stubborn.
"Ok." I said.
"YOU'RE going to let her cheat!" They were surprised.
"No." I was calm. I looked at the girl and said. "I'm going to write a letter to the teacher explaining what happened. I"m quite sure I don't want to argue about this"
Boy - did that sheet get put in her notebook quickly.
The rest of the class sighed in relief.
I went on to the next word.