Grading is the bane of my teaching existence. It seems there are always piles just waiting to be graded all the time.
I can see it now, clear as crystal. My students have just gone home and I return to my classroom at the end of the day to find huge, overflowing stacks of papers seemingly everywhere. They are toppling off of the turn in bins, piled on the small group table, and scattered across the floor. It has never been more tempting to scoop them all up and place them in the safety of the recycling bin.
Seem familiar? I have encountered this scene more times than I care to admit, but it seems no matter how much I tried to stay on top of grading it always caught up to me. Not going to lie. There were a few items that did happen to end up in the recycling bin, but that wasn’t truly an answer.
Instead I slowly had to figure out smart strategies that would keep the papers from piling up, and me from going insane. These strategies helped to tame the grading beast, allowed me to offer more prompt feedback to my students, and helped our classroom be a little less flammable. ?
#1 Only Collect What You Truly Want to Grade
#2 Use Technology to Your Advantage
#3 No More Lengthy Assessments That Require Grading
#4 Stay Organized and Consistent in Grading
#5 Make Grading Enjoyable
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