Tick-box marking isn't the best use of teachers' time
I hate marking. It is by far the least enjoyable part of my job. Give me a lesson on compound measures to prepare, a classroom to tidy, or even an angry parent to phone, but please don't sit me down at a desk with a red pen and a pile of books.
I feel I am completely wasting my time ticking, crossing and correcting work when in the end the students will just glance at the final mark, see how it compares to the person sitting next to them, and move on. Three hours of my life that could have been spent preparing better lessons.
Of course, I am talking here about one particular type of homework - the type that can be marked by ticks, crosses and corrections and is perfectly conducive to peer-to-peer marking, or getting students to mark it themselves. But by going down this route, it is undoubtedly more difficult to pick up on any difficulties. You also have the problem of students (and parents, in particular) wanting feedback solely from the teacher.
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