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What’s the point of spending hours and hours marking?

Many teachers feel it is their duty to dedicate their evenings to writing endless comments in their pupils’ workbooks – but, in reality, this is a very ineffective means of giving feedback, writes one teacher

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It has probably been true for much of my teaching career, but I rarely get a more sick feeling in my stomach than when I have pile of marking in front of me – especially on a Sunday night – and I’m convinced that much of my feedback will be ignored. I’m scared to think of the time I’ve wasted. And it is all done with the best of intentions, of course. We all want our classes to know that we care, to know that we read their work and want them to improve. It just seems like there is a disconnect between what we feed back and what they learn from that.

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