How is everyone handling the ChatGPT issue? What do you do when you think a student used it to write their essay?

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I teach sixth grade, so the only way a kid is going to trick me is if they can program ChatGPT to include tons and tons of spelling errors, incorrect grammar, and incomplete sentences.


I said this to one of m colleagues who was saying she was worried about it. We teach middle school also, so the vocabulary that chat GPT uses would be way above my students' grade level

I’m encouraging the use of ChatGPT as much as possible. I’m hoping my student beat yours when they are competing for jobs, fame, and fortune if and when they get the opportunity.

Yours can run a foot race while mine drive the race car. Yours can read the map while mine use gps. Yours can type one paper at a time and then use the mimeograph for copies while mine have revised and printed long before.

Have I belabored the point enough? Technology solves problems. In this case, it’s is problem of time and resources. AI chat speeds up text creation and revision, and separately the search for and comparison of options. If you use it for other means, you are then wasting time in the long term.

So teach students to use it correctly and then they will have more time to slave away as gears in our economic system, generating more goods and services and contributing to the greater prosperity of our collective.

Or force them to do it your way. Hand them a quill and a candle while you are at it, and prep them for lives making matches.


This is someone who gets it.


Currently an aide, but when I become a regular teacher, I plan to have regular short responses and oral presentations. If they can't explain it, they probably don't know it.


Make them site the sources. We’ve blocked all their district chrome books and have a strict cell phone policy. ChatGPT doesn’t generate all of their grammar and spelling errors either.


Cheating has evolved over time but we're entering a new era where humans aren't even needed to cheat. Tests and homework can be sent to AI to complete. The only things students will learn is that AI can complete nearly anything.


I am using it to be constructive. Asked it to write physics problems, some of which were wrong, and had the kids solve them.

Two things:
The Chat GPT uses vocabulary that is beyond my students. If I saw a paper that I suspected they didn't write (ChatGPT or otherwise) I would ask, "Why did you choose this word in this context? It will be obvious that they don't even know what it means, let alone why it fits the context.
Another tip is that the sample essays I have seen from Chat GPT almost always uses Compound-Complex sentences, exclusively. No human student writes that way.

These are some great ideas. I need to do more follow-up with specific assignments. I love having more conversations in the classroom, plus it will help me uncover anyone who might have used the AI to do their work. What a wild world we live in.

My students write research papers that require proper in-text and bibliographic citations. I'm sure there is a way to make ChatGPT do this, but I haven't yet figured it out. The other writing my students do is in-class work on locked Google Forms on school Chromebooks. (They can't access other browsers.)

Chat GPT often gets citations wrong. An easier citation generator is Purdue OWL’s. It also doesn’t come with the added cheating capability. I always hope kids are also learning how to do them, not just how to generate them.

Paper and pencil….

Question, why is this all about fighting chatGPT? It’s a tool that will exist from this point forward. Shouldn’t we be training students to use it properly?

I disagree. The critical thinking comes from formulating the prompt. Also, I never use the initial response from chatGPT. The beauty of it is you can tell it to make changes, add a paragraph about XYZ, make the response from the perspective of a marine biologist, etc. I tell it to add sources in APA format, then I check those sources.


When I think a student used it for their essay, I will usually pull them to the side to further elaborate on certain points made in their paper to see if they can be as eloquent in person

Chat GPT scans the entire web and many pieces of literature to come up with it's responses. My students do not have the time or capability to read that many books or articles for a 500 word essay. If I see that there are too many ideas from different resources, then that is a red flag

You were right on this, and I was wrong. It takes only some simple hacks to get chatGPT to search up to date information on the web. My apologies for disagreeing. Please forgive my ignorant response.

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