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Cut Down Grading Time with This 3-Step Homework Hack

Posted by Ryan O'Rourke on Apr 23, 2014 9:48:00 AM

homework hackStudents never appreciate working hard on a homework assignment, only to have it go ungraded for days, sometimes even weeks. It’s easy to get behind, but with this 3-step homework hack, you’ll be able to cut down on your grading time and get back to what you do best—teach.

Step 1                                             
A student collects the homework and, on a separate class roster page, marks a check next to the student’s name for an assignment handed in.

Step 2
The papers then go to another student who checks to see that the entire assignment was done. If so, he or she places a second checkmark on the roster. At this point, only papers with two checkmarks are on the roster. All others are incomplete assignments.

Step 3
The third check may be added in a number of ways: If the answers are either right or wrong, a key given to another student might allow that student to correct the papers. Or, papers may be redistributed to the class at large, with no one having his or her own paper, and corrected as part of the lesson.

Now that it’s time to record the grades, you have an easy way to assess each effort. If you substitute the checkmark for numbers 0-3 in your marking book, it will make averaging out a homework grade relatively easy.

This homework hack comes from the April issue of Think Teachers.

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Tags: student evaluation, grading, time management

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