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TEACHINGC SCENARIOSC WORKSHEET
Student Name:
Directions: Read each scenario and in the box below provide a description of an
appropriate response you could have as a professor in that particular situation. Citing
research, also include an explanation of why you would handle the situation in that
manner. Aim to answer each scenario in one or two paragraphs (answers can be single
spaced). c
1. A student approaches you in class stating she is in a hurry and wants to look
through a pile of exam papers to find her own rather than waiting for you to hand
back individual papers. The exam papers each include the student’s name and grade
at the top. Do you allow her to do so? Why or why not? If not, what would you do
instead?
In case a student would approach to me in class saying that she is in a hurry and wants
to look through a pile of exam papers to locate her paper instead of waiting for me to
hand over the individual papers, I would not allow her to do so. I believe that protecting
student private data including their marks or grades is my responsibility as a teacher.
Thus, to make sure that their privacy would not get violated because of the single student
I would not give her the permission. Alamleh has identified safeguarding of private data
concerning students as one of the major issues that exists in the current education system
(Alamleh, 2020). For preventing the privacy violation from taking place I would calmly
ask the student to wait since the class would be starting shortly and then she would be
able to see her exam paper. I would ask her whether she is feeling nervous about her
grades. If that is the concern then I would tell her it is a normal feeling and she could
review her exam paper like other students in the class.
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2. Near the end of the term, right before finals, a student comes to your office hours
to thank you for a great semester. He expresses gratitude in how you have helped him
personally realize some of his career goals and he wants to thank you by giving you a
$100 gift card to a local restaurant owned by his father. Do you accept? Why or why
not? If not, what would you tell the student?
I would really feel honored when the student would express his gratitude regarding how
I have helped him personally realize some of his career goals. However, I would not
accept the $ 100 gift card to a local restaurant owned by his father as a token of
appreciation. Acceptance of gifts by teachers from students has the potential to affect
their objectivity and it prevents the chances of treating all the students in a fair and equal
manner (Aydın et al., 2021). I would simply thank the student for being grateful and I
would explain to him that as a teacher it is my responsibility to help him progress
towards his career goals. I would tell him to stay focused as a student and continuously
work hard towards his dreams and ambitions.
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3. Your student tells you that she could not complete her research paper because she
had to take her very sick dog to the vet the day before. She requests two extra days
to hand in her assignment. How do you handle this excuse and why?
In case a student comes to me and asks to give her two extra days to hand in her
research paper which she could not complete because she had to take her very sick dog
to the vet the day before, I would try to be flexible and accept her request. It is true that
procrastination and delayed submission of assignments is unacceptable (Santelli et al.,
2020). However, the reason that she has given can give rise to life-or-death situation for
her pet. However, before extending the deadline I would take into consideration a number
of factors such as whether she has any evidence such as medical report to back up her
claim and whether it is her first tie asking for an assignment submission. If the excuse
that she has given is genuine, I would accept her request. I would also advise her to
work on her assignments beforehand so that she could avoid the last-minute rush in the
future. c c c
4. After you review the correct answers for a returned test in class, a student comes to
your office hours to dispute his grade. He states that he believes some items were
graded incorrectly and fears his bad grade will significantly hurt his GPA. How do
you handle this grade dispute and his concerns? Explain the reasoning behind your
response.
In case a student would come for disputing his grades, I would recommend him to sit
and discuss the answers that he has written in his paper. I would appreciate his effort in
reviewing his test paper and tell him that I would be willing to discuss the correct
answers with him so that we could work together to identify his mistakes. Regarding his
fear about his poor grades and how it could significantly hurt his GPA, I would tell him
that he could do better in upcoming tests and projects so that his grade could improve. I
would try to extend emotional support to him so that he would feel motivated. Teacher-
student interactions must be emotionally supportive so that students can be encouraged to
make the most of the opportunities that arise in the learning environment (Marsh et al.,
2009).
5. While you are giving a lecture, two students begin talking loud enough for you and
those around them to hear. How do you initially respond to this behavior and how
would you respond if the problem continues? Explain the reasoning behind your
responses.
While giving a lecture if two students begin talking loud enough for me and those around
them to hear, I would ask them whether their discussion concerns the subject that is
being covered in the lecture. If they respond in affirmative, I would ask them to have the
discussion aloud so that the rest of the class could also be a part of it. However, if they
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respond by remaining silent, I would ask them to pay attention in the class so that others
would not get disturbed because of their actions or behavior. However, in case the issue
persists and they continue talking and disturbing the class, I would tell them to come and
occupy the front seats so that I could keep a tab on their behavior. Throughout the
interaction I would ensure not to adopt a negative attitude since it could affect their
emotional state, confidence, and morale.
6. It is halfway through the semester and you are noticing a pattern with a particular
student. She consistently turns in late work or pleads with you for extensions due to
various random obstacles that always seem to occur at the last minute before
something is due. She expresses frustration at her “bad luck” in trying to submit work
on time. How do you handle this student’s future requests for leniency and how might
you advise her to help her be successful for the remainder of the term? Provide
support for your answer.
If I start noticing a pattern with a particular student halfway through the semester
regarding late assignment submissions or deadline extensions, I would ask her to meet
me at my office during the working hours so that we could discuss about her academic
situation. I would ask her to sit down and be honest with me about her delayed
assignments. I would tell her to be open so that I could help her in case she is going
through some family or personal problems. However, I would make it clear to her that I
could no longer accommodate her requests since it would be unfair towards the other
students. I would advise her to focus on time management by maintaining a diary or
journal while working on class assignments instead of blaming her “bad luck” for not
submitting work on time (Claessens et al., 2007).
7. It is the fourth week of the term and you have a student in your class who
consistently raises his hand to disagree with you at various points of your lectures.
You now notice that when this student raises his hand, his classmates begin to
murmur and roll their eyes. How do you initially address this behavior and how
would you respond if the problem continues? Explain your answers.
In case there is a student in my class who consistently raises his hand to disagree with
me at various points of my lectures I would consider it to be an act of disruption. His
behavior could adversely affect the learning environment and the experience of fellow
learners. Initially, I would try addressing this behavior by telling him that we all
appreciate his enthusiasm but we want other students to participate and share their
opinions as well. If his behavior continues, I would ask him to listen to the ideas and
perspectives of others to broaden his knowledge (Khasinah, 2017). c
I will tell the entire class that the entire class participation is expected and it should not
be restricted to merely any specific student alone. However, I would not be aggressive
towards the student as it could embarrass him.
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8. A student raises his hand in class to ask if you accept extra credit. When you reply
that you do not, he quickly becomes angry, raises his voice, and starts making
derogatory comments about you. How do you respond to this student’s temper in
class? How would you respond differently if the anger was expressed privately during
office hours instead? Explain your answers.
In case a student becomes angry, raises his voice, and starts making derogatory
comments about me after learning that I do not accept extra credit, I would tell him to
remain calm. I would further tell him to meet me after class if he wants to talk about it
further. I would not use methods involving punishment or aggression as it could
adversely affect the teaching and learning environment (Tran, 2015). In case the student
expresses his anger privately during my office hours instead I would respond differently
by telling him that I understand his frustration but he should approach the situation in a
more matured and sensible way. I would encourage him to discuss any matter that he
thinks might be adversely affecting his grades.
9. You are administering a test in class when you observe two students looking at each
other’s papers and presumably cheating. How do you respond immediately in the
classroom and would there be any further consequences after the test is over? Explain
your answers.
While administering a test in class if I observe two students looking at each other’s
papers and presumably cheating, I would walk over to their desks and tell them to focus
on their respective answer sheets while giving the exam. I would not want their actions
to act as a disruption for the entire class so I would not shout at them immediately in
the classroom. However, if I would see that their behavior continues, I would ask them
to meet me after the exam. During the private meeting I would tell them that according
to the academic policy that is followed in the institution, they will not be rewarded any
marks for the exam as they were caught cheating. Instead of only giving a warning, a
stern action would have to be taken with consequences (Štambuk et al., 2015). It would
help the students to learn from their mistake.
10. A previous student approaches you and asks if you would be willing to write her a
letter of recommendation to try to get into a master’s program. She acknowledges that
she could have done better in your class, but that she does not have many people she
can ask. You recall that this student performed below average, procrastinated, and
sometimes slept in class. Therefore, you do not believe you could write a strong
recommendation letter. Should you write a letter anyway? How do you respond to the
student and why?
In case a previous student who performed below average, procrastinated, and sometimes
slept in class approached me and asked if I could write her a letter of recommendation
so that she could get into a master’s program, I would gently decline. Writing a
recommendation letter on a student’s behalf is considered to be a vital mentoring task in
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the academic domain (Sarabipour et al., 2022). However, in the specific situation, I
would not have many positive things to write about the student because of her improper
classroom conduct. I would explain to her that I am not the best person who can write
it for her. Instead, she should look for some other professor who could write a strong
recommendation letter highlighting her strengths and competencies as a student. Based on
her behavior in my class, I would not be able to highlight her true competence in the
letter.
11. Choose one of the scenarios above and discuss the situation from a Biblical
standpoint citing at least one scriptural verse. How could Scripture inform teacher
and/or student behavior in the chosen scenario? Be sure that you are not simply
quoting Scripture, but that you are also providing application and discussion from a
Christian worldview. Note that a research citation is not required for this answer.
The situation that I have chosen involves the two students who were presumably cheating
in class. According to Proverbs 10:9, any person who acts in a dishonest manner mars
his integrity and credibility. When I would meet the students privately during my office
hours, I would tell them that any person who does something with integrity chooses a
secure path whereas anyone who adopts a crooked path is likely to be found out sooner
or later. I would tell them that since they have chosen to take the latter path, I would
not be able to help them in any manner other than deducting the entire marks for the
exam that they just appeared for. The purpose of using Proverbs 10:9 is to show them
that dishonesty can result in deviation from the right path and lead to serious
consequences.
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