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?
Tony Varrato is one of the panelists for the first Twitter Chat being held today, October 29. In his introductory presentation, he mentioned that he uses a tally sheet when checking essays to determine what the class needs additional work on. This would be helpful to do after students have self-checked their work or peer edits have been completed.
Not everything needs to have a 'grade'. Perhaps using a rubric and/or a check/check +/check - type system would work. I also would designate an area that I would specifically check, one week it might be spelling, another sentence structure and so forth.
Using Google Docs for writing allows on the spot/just in time correction with the collaboration feature.
I find the Original EZGrader useful when grading assignments. It can be found at Welcome to EZGrader!
I have been using E-Z grader for over 40 years, but now we have Synergy in my school where everything is computerized, including that test are 80% and other work 20%. BUT, there is always the time when I pull out that rectangular old friend. It gets me the grades that I need, and then I put it in Synergy.
Anyone else out there switching over to Standards Based Grading? Our district completely switched over this year. We take our evaluations directly from state standards. I work from rubrics designed from content area criteria and the curriculum units of study. Then we assign a 1-Does Not Meet, 2-Approaching, 3-Meets, 4-Exceeds, for each grading criteria.
If anyone has rubrics or ideas for that please let me know.
Has anyone looked at Mina P. Shaughnessy, Errors and Expectations (1977)--that really helped with looking at patterns, rather than just finding each "error". But I worry that at every level, it's all too easy to make everything about correctness, not content, thinking, and "lift"-creative spark, humor, energy, whatever makes a piece of writing worth reading. A simply correct text may get a C, which is fine, but that A and B, come from more than simply getting it correct.