The one thing we hear from teachers all the time is that grading takes longer than it needs to. We put together a few strategies for grading smarter - and faster. (Spoiler alert: it can also be totally paperless.)
Schedule Time to Grade and Hold Yourself to It.
Getting grading time on your calendar is one of the easiest ways to stay on top of a heavy workload. Similarly, setting a timespan for returning assignments to your class is a good way to hold yourself accountable to a schedule.
Use Your Students.
Working peer grading into your syllabus can be a slick way to encourage collaboration and save you lots of time. Pro-tip: peer grading works best for shorter homework assignments or at key milestones during bigger projects. It’s also helpful to structure peer grading sessions with a rubric or worksheet to refine feedback.
Rubrics Rubrics Rubrics.
Speaking of rubrics, they’re pretty great. Building one before you dive into grading an assignment can save you loads of time and allow you to grade more transparently. That’s why we’ve worked them into our powerful new platform. Your students know what you’re looking for, you know how to score each assignment.
Create a System. (We Can Help With That).
Two words: paperless grading. We’ve found that grading is the most efficient when you have an online workflow. That’s why we’ve combined our powerful MarkUp tool with custom rubrics. Assignments come in using Google Drive and you can leave feedback instantly.