I want you to take a minute and do the math on how much time you spend grading.
For one set of essays for me, I figured out once that if I spent ten minutes per esssay, it would take me a full twenty-four hours just to grade one class set. That was just for essays–the calculation didn’t include all the reading quizzes, warm-ups, and packets I had to grade as well. In addition to the time-suck all this grading induced, I was also burdened with carrying papers to and from school in a rolling crate, honestly many times just to return them to school again.
As I stayed in the classroom longer, I constantly looked for ways to save time, and one major area I addressed was in my grading. I’ve heard many educational gurus say it, but if the students are supposed to be the ones working so hard, why are the teachers the tired ones at the end of the day? And why don’t kids take our feedback seriously, using it to improve future work?
Easy–it’s because we’re the ones doing all the evaluation. If you’ve never thought about involving your students more in the evaluation process, or if you’re worried that kids can’t grade themselves accurately, think again. It worked in my classroom of high school students, and I know it can work for your kiddos as well.
In the video below, which is embedded from my weekly Facebook Live sessions I host each week at 8 PM EST, you’ll learn:
- The four ways student self-assessment can make your grading more effective and efficient
- Two resources for tips on quick-grading essays
- My simple student self-assessment method (tongue twister!)
Push play to watch, and I hope you’ll tune in live next week!
How have you used self-assessment in your classroom? How has it helped, or what pitfalls are you still trying to work on? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
With Tech and Twang,