11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2013 3:07 PM by Jeanne Rogers RSS

What are your best tips for grading assignments?

Tammy Dewan Novice
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It is my neighbor’s first year of teaching and she spends hours grading papers (she would use the term “marking” papers in her Aussie accent) and is getting quite burned out. I know grading tips can vary depending on what grade level, subject area or type of assignment you are providing feedback but I thought I would pick your brains and see how many tips we can offer to my neighbor and other teachers.


One tip I can provide come from when I was teaching first grade. During reading centers the students would work on independent work while I was with a small reading group. To keep them on task and to earn their recess they had to complete various assignments. To help me monitor whether they completed their work and if they understood their work I would have students grade their own paper at a designated spot where they had an answer key and a red pen. After they graded their paper, they had to put it in a bin face down. Then on our way out to recess, I could grab the stack of papers and my grading clipboard and browse through the papers to see which students needed more help on that particular concept.


When I was browsing our Community I found the following helpful resources for grading.


Please share any tips for grading student assignments. Do you have an efficient process that makes your task of assessing students easier? How do you provide immediate feedback?

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