As the end of the year inches closer, is the pile of ungraded papers on your desk growing higher? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Most teachers struggle to find fair grading methods that are mindful of their students’ efforts, as well as their own time.
While all teachers must ultimately devise a grading system that works for them, you don’t have to recreate the wheel when crafting your own strategy. As you might expect, veteran teachers at your school are often a great source for ideas, and online tools that help you store and calculate grades can save significant amounts of time. If your grading strategy needs a revamp, check out some of the great online sources listed below for in-depth ideas and inspiration.
1) TeachHub offers practical advice to teachers of all levels, and makes a few specific suggestions for elementary educators. You’ll also find recommendations for online grade books that will save you time.
2) Edutopia suggests some unusual strategies that might refresh both you and your students’ perspectives on grades. The most interesting idea? Outsource your grading. You might be surprised in the quality change of students’ work if they know an administrator or another teacher will be reviewing it.
3) Longtime teacher Angela Watson shares her best practices for effective grading on her website, The Cornerstone for Teachers. Chances are a few of her strategies will work for you, too.
If you’re one of the lucky teachers who has found your grading groove, please share your tips in the comments section below.