Tips for Managing Your Grading Workload

Grading comes with teaching, and most teachers would rather not spend all evening with books after a hectic day of teaching! Grading is one of the biggest contributors to a teacher’s workload, but, there are ways to be more effective and efficient when it comes to your work.
Keep reading to discover our top tips!

Student self-grading

Where possible students can grade their own work. By reading out the answers students are able to self-reflect on their own, which allows for feedback right away.

Sources: Shutterstock, The Windsor Naysayer, Just Go Languages and Room 241.

Traffic lighting

A fast way of grading is using the traffic light system. Using the lesson objective grade the student’s work using red, orange or green depending on how well the student has shown they have met the objective. The color will indicate the student’s grade with a simple dot of color. This will help you save time!

Sources: University of Oxford, Cambridge Assessment, Bossy Smile and Teacher Tool Kit.

Grade with a colleague

Arrange some time to grade your student’s work with a colleague, you can get the most out of this time by encouraging each other to be productive and working together. This time can also be fun, it is an opportunity to share classroom experiences and tips!

Sources: McGill, Wise Geek, LinkedIn and Research Digest.

Peer grading

Peer assessment involves students taking responsibility for assessing the work of their peer against assessment criteria. This is a great method for collaborative working and time saving. Students can also gain a chance better understand the criteria.

Sources: Free Pik, Edutopia, Teacher Toolkit and Tes.

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