Letâ€™s accept it, grading is the most difficult part of teaching. You must have spent many nights in front of a pile of papers with a big cup of coffee to carry you through the night. As if not enough, you have to do plagiarism check or make comments on each paper.
As an educator with many years of expertise, I assure grading can be an enjoyable process. You just have to add some variety into your standard teaching routine.
Here is how I achieved it:
Homework should not always be in written form
Writing skills is surely important for kids. Nevertheless, speaking is no less important. Urge kids to make presentations in classroom instead of writing essays from time to time. Do they need to write a review? Assign them to discuss the subject in classroom. This type of exercises will definitely help them master the art of debating too.Â
Grade in classroom
Grading in classroom saves teachersâ€™ time and helps students digest the topic. This is true of any subject. Kids made a mistake in a Math assignment? Explain it on spot and ask one of them to write it on the blackboard. They wrote a review? Checking their papers in classroom will bring forth a very interesting discussion. Effective!
Last but not least, classroom grading will allow you to comment instead of correcting. Easy for teachers, effective for kids!
Experiment with writing exercises
Never limit yourself to a single type of exercise. Your assignments should involve quizzes, reviews, presentations etc. This variety will be interesting both for kids and for teachers.
To sum up, you should do your best to make grading an enjoyable process for you.
Let apps sometimes grade kids on your behalf
Well, my list could not bypass this point. There are so many useful and engaging apps today that teachers have no excuse for avoiding them.Â
Effective apps make learning an attention-grabbing process for kids. Besides, many of them aim to ease teachersâ€™ lives. They grade kids, encourage them to study further and give teachers user-friendly monitoring panels. All we have to do is to check studentsâ€™ performance through visualized graphs and diagrams.
You can find my recommendations on some effective apps in this website.
LetÂ kids grade one another
Honestly, kids love â€œgradingâ€. It is fun for them. However, there is another reason why I urge to experiment with this point from time to time in classroom. This is the best method to help them with digesting the topic. As they have to grade, they need to fully know the topic. They will open the book, revise the lesson and then start checking.
As I started making likewise experiments in my classroom, I realized students have never felt so much responsible towards studies before.
To sum up, any job has difficulties. All we have to do is to overcome the difficulties and make it an enjoyable process. Right approach will be useful to both you and your students.