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Teaching Strategy Series: Grading Strategies for Teachers

Last updated on April 29, 2022

Hi teachers! Here’s yet another edition of our teaching strategy series. And this time around, we’re looking at grading strategies for teachers like you. Grading can be a complex and time-consuming process, and we want to ensure that you have it easy on your plate.

So here are some great strategies to save your time and help you grade efficiently.

1.      Divide the Papers You have to Grade

The key here is to set milestones. Divide your grading papers into sets and define a timeline by which to finish each and voila! You would have cleared your entire grading bundle in no time. To begin, map your time, say an hour, and figure out how many papers you could possibly grade in that time period. Divide your papers depending on this!

2.      Make Sure to Incorporate Breaks for a Successful Grading Strategy

Phew! We can’t emphasize enough on the importance of breaks. Without these, the quality of your grading would plummet and your students will lose out! So just like how you divided the hour into a certain number of papers, incorporate a ten-minute break between each hour you sit down to work. Relax or watch a funny video! Remember, the goal is to draw your mind away from grading and re-energize.

3.      Adopt Digital in Your Grading Strategy

Often, teachers are left with little space for commenting and justifying grades on paper. Think digital! When you use Google Docs or even Microsoft Word to grade, you can use the suggestion and commenting features to leave meaningful insights on why you graded the paper the way you did, how your students can improve, and even where they’ve exceeded expectations and performed very well. These insights can help your students improve and make grading a meaningful exercise for you.

Adopt the Above Grading Strategies, Save Time, and Improve Students’ Performance!

Yes, a few strategies can help organize the grading exercise and help you truly make a difference in the way you teach and grade! Let us know what you think below. What other strategies would you like us to cover?

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