Grading papers doesn’t have to be a demoralizing task that takes over your teaching and home life. In another grading post, I explain how representative sampling in grading can help you take a kid’s temperature, academically. Here I offer more general grading hacks.
Here are five tips that have helped me to improve and streamline my grading processes. I call them hacks because they are shortcuts to get to the same result, with less effort.
- Use speech recognition software instead of writing on papers to give feedback.
- Create a “comments and corrections” sheet.
- Grade on only one criterion at a time.
- Grade during commercial breaks! (applies to sports fans in particular)
- Grade papers with colleagues to establish standards and to stay on the same page.
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