Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Albert Einstein



Educator Management

Anthony Patete
Anthony Patete, "Dr. P"

Seneca the Younger:

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.


College Success-Online

I fully understand the pressures and stresses of attending class and juggling life.  This is why I include Reviews and instructive Announcements throughout the class to assist you in staying focus and managing your time. Having a plan and sticking to it is one key to success.

My recommendation is simple:

Monday, Tuesday- Read Chapters; Review Homework and Assignments for the week

Wednesday- Main post due; Submit one Reply post;

Thursday – Submit one Reply post;

FridaySunday- Reply posts to be uploaded; prepare Homework and Assignments for the week

Saturday-Sunday- Homework and Projects to be submitted; last day of the school week; last minute reply posts and homework to be submitted.

Tips for Success

Just as a reminder the most successful students in the online environment log on at least daily in order to stay ahead of the class assignments. With the start of a new class, you have an opportunity to correct any issues you may have had in the past. My suggestion is to submit posts on Wednesday/Thursday and Homework over the weekend.  That will allow you time to submit the final posts before day 7 and take any quiz.

Here are some additional tips:

A. Review Announcements posted by your instructor at the beginning of the class along with all additional weekly announcements. 

B. Read and follow all instructions; class participation is a key to success. 

C. Supplement your posts (Main and Reply) with material from the textbook. In this manner, you let the instructor know you have read the material and are now applying it to the discussion.  If you can, apply the learned material to the facts. The school has a section on this area which you should become familiar with for all of your classes.

D. Read and review the grading rubric (before and after submitting an assignment) and instructor comments to discover how you excelled so as to continue that behavior or where an error was made, so the error can be corrected.

E. Submit all assignments in APA format.

College Success Tip!!!!

To be successful in college requires dedication and organization of your school, work and family life. I suggest that you go to the link and watch several of the videos to guide you in this endeavor.  

“Dr. P”
Anthony Patete, JD, MBA


Plagiarism, Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing

Plagiarism is cheating!

If a student is suspected of plagiarism, then the faculty has discretion to take the following steps:

                  a. Treat it as a “teachable moment” and allow the student to correct and resubmit the work with or without point penalty.

                 b. Assign a grade of zero and give the student a warning.  Provide the student with information on plagiarism. If the student plagiarizes a second time, proper protocol dictates that it be reported to the University. Penalties include but are not limited to a failing grade for the class and/or dismissal.

The issue then becomes what is plagiarism?

In instructional settings, plagiarism is a multifaceted and ethically complex problem. However, if any definition of plagiarism is to be helpful to administrators, faculty, and students, it needs to be as simple and direct as possible within the context for which it is intended.


Definition: In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source.


This definition applies to texts published in print or on-line, to manuscripts, and to the work of other student writers.

Most current discussions of plagiarism fail to distinguish between:

1.     submitting someone else’s text as one’s own or attempting to blur the line between one’s own ideas or words and those borrowed from another source, and


2.  carelessly or inadequately citing ideas and words borrowed from another source.


Such discussions conflate plagiarism with the misuse of sources.


Ethical writers make every effort to acknowledge sources fully and appropriately in accordance with the contexts and genres of their writing. A student who attempts (even if clumsily) to identify and credit his or her source, but who misuses a specific citation format or incorrectly uses quotation marks or other forms of identifying material taken from other sources, has not plagiarized.

Instead, such a student should be considered to have failed to cite and document sources appropriately (“Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism,” n.d.).

Quotations, Paraphrasing and Summarizing

A discussion on plagiarism would not be complete without addressing quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing.

These three ways of incorporating other writers' work into your own writing differ according to the closeness of your writing to the source writing.

Quotations must be identical to the original, using a narrow segment of the source. They must match the source document word for word and must be attributed to the original author.

Paraphrasing involves putting a passage from source material into your own words. A paraphrase must also be attributed to the original source. Paraphrased material is usually shorter than the original passage, taking a somewhat broader segment of the source and condensing it slightly.

Summarizing involves putting the main idea(s) into your own words, including only the main point(s). Once again, it is necessary to attribute summarized ideas to the original source. Summaries are significantly shorter than the original and take a broad overview of the source material.

Why use quotations, paraphrases, and summaries?

Quotations, paraphrases, and summaries serve many purposes. You might use them to . . .

·        Provide support for claims or add credibility to your writing

·        Refer to work that leads up to the work you are now doing

·        Give examples of several points of view on a subject

·        Call attention to a position that you wish to agree or disagree with

·        Highlight a particularly striking phrase, sentence, or passage by quoting the original

·        Distance yourself from the original by quoting it in order to cue readers that the words are not your own

·        Expand the breadth or depth of your writing

Writers frequently intertwine summaries, paraphrases, and quotations. As part of a summary of an article, a chapter, or a book, a writer might include paraphrases of various key points blended with quotations of striking or suggestive phrases as in the following example:

In his famous and influential work the Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud argues that dreams are the "royal road to the unconscious" (page #), expressing in coded imagery the dreamer's unfulfilled wishes through a process known as the "dream-work" (page #). According to Freud, actual but unacceptable desires are censored internally and subjected to coding through layers of condensation and displacement before emerging in a kind of rebus puzzle in the dream itself (page #)(Driscoll and Brizee, 2011).


Council of Writing Program Administrators (n.d.). Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism:

The WPA Statement on Best Practices. Retrieved fromhttps://doc-08-38-docsviewer.googleusercontent.com/viewer/securedownload/irp7m2cq525f82c1b4p30fj1t1ch8c12/pgkke2bam3474a9a2eub36ni3fsc9gjp/1359147600000/Ymw=/AGZ5hq_iameJ14t-QZBLiUazI3j5/QURHRUVTZ2FkYTdHT1prZHAwaGVNWUJxQUJDcTR6MDRwNlplU2xiVjdMYVNxalFOQ3Q1aUt4Z09mMTFDQ3JYWm5oc0ZIdmhCR2I0eUFJMDNTcTNnNnpIZTJkQVFKNEhQV0ZxS0Y2RWFmYVZISEExVnhVc0h2a3JMejAtXzdtczg0ZURkeDRrRVFiNlM=?docid=8f2dd0607d82755b420941103af2890d&chan=EQAAAEpxfBRAzx/Puj356a%2BYI%2Bi7CThUhkFvzhJxKF5%2BcOXC&sec=AHSqidZfr4ljKOgU2X1JuNIbCN8Wj9323XrzjtsrfhG98fM-aj3LC4myvnJioeTcSfk_aSEbzR3J&a=gp&filename=WPAplagiarism.pdf&nonce=qv37o9j5q2gu6&user=AGZ5hq_iameJ14t-QZBLiUazI3j5&hash=7bnokka7s44svpfdi4hcrcheq83tit2d

Driscoll, D.L. and Brizee, A. (2011). Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing.

Retrieved from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/1/