Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain.
Academic Integrity is the commitment to honesty, trust, respect and responsibility. It means if you are given an assignment, a project, you will do it with honesty. You will not cheat or plagiarize the assigned work. It is the fairness to the learning environment. Academic integrity reflects your hard work and effort that you put in accomplishing the task that is given.
Learning echoes as growth in school. The more you learn, explore and research, the more you become aware of self and the world around. Academic honesty is the foundation stone for learning process.
If you are academically dishonest and cheat, you are depriving and cheating yourself of the opportunities to learn and grow. It erodes the values and principles ultimately leaving you with no shame or self-respect.
You as a student can avoid academic dishonesty by:
- Planning ahead and using the time wisely.
- Taking guidance from teachers.
- By learning beforehand.
- By testing yourself.
- By keeping track of your progress.
Moving up in higher grades each year demands a time for you to settle down. Transitions are smooth and easy for some students while for others they are stressful and way to demanding.
As we all know transition keeps on going, where we pass through numerous biological, social, environmental and psychological changes. Each stage has its own demand, where we seek opportunities to master and demonstrate new skills, where we want to make independent decisions, form social relationships with our peers and the people around. Transition brings with it more peer pressure, developmental differences, added responsibilities and much more.
We have to deal with new responsibilities, think of school achievement and success. The factors that help are motivation, self-concept, the readiness to take up new challenges, dealing with problems effectively, being innovative in our thought, and rigorous in our approach. And it would certainly not hurt us to get help from an adult.
Children earn status in school depending on their performance. They also experience failure and frustration, especially if they are less skilled than their peers. (The Development of Children Ages 6 to 14. Jacquelynne S. Eccles).
Never let yourself down, be discouraged, or frustrated, rather keep on trying, and do your best, and that too in order to achieve and excel.