Grading midterms, I have come across my first case of plagiarism.
It is always so disheartening.
And always so infuriating, because WTF -- it's like they don't even try hard.
"How will you know if we plagiarize?" a kid asked me before the exam, whereupon I shot him a pitying look.
"Oh, please," I said. "I'll know."
He looked dubious.
"Son," I said, "I've been teaching 26 years. I know what a freshman level essay exam looks like by this point. Believe me."
But they never do.