Teaching With Trauma (2018)

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Teaching With Trauma

Author: Emily Donahoe


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My student has plagiarized her paper. Though I hate to be suspicious, her brilliant analysis is just a little too brilliant. She has lifted her writing from a website I explicitly asked my students not to use. My heart begins to pound. Why would she do this? How dare she think she could get away with it? I get irritated—then angrier and angrier. Partway through this episode, it occurs to me: “Your emotions are out of proportion to this. She’s a teenager who consulted the internet for ideas—you’re surprised? Yes, you must address it, but it’s not about you.” I get it, intellectually, but I’m still reeling.

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