Making marking efficient and meaningful

Nicola Davison
15th September 2017
Teacher marking tools

Top tips, tools and templates to help you and your students get the most out of time spent marking

Oh, marking. It’s the bane of every teacher’s life. If only it weren’t quite so essential in helping pupils to reflect on their work and make progress!

Getting the right balance between time spent marking and offering quality feedback can be tricky. And we all know it’s almost impossible to get students to act on it. Luckily, help is available in the form of the Tes community, who have created these tried-and-tested resources to help you do just that.

Speeding up the marking process

At the start of the year, why not invest time by creating a coded bank of statements that can be stuck in the front of learners’ books? Incorporating comments and targets, this handy template can be easily adapted to suit your subject area. If you’re looking for an even simpler approach, try personalising these simple marking stickers.

When marking larger pieces of work, this feedback grid will ensure you’ve covered all points in detail. Similarly, fans of technology will appreciate this clever spreadsheet, which allows you to enter eight different success and target criteria to help you quickly generate individual reports.

Marking comments - a shortcut :-)

Following a Lat Blalock course, I thought I'd share this idea. Basically it&'s a list of comments (that can be adapted to your needs) to ease marking load. Pupils can stick this in the front of their books so that when you put A, E, P in teh margin (followed by a comment and / or focus for improvement) they can also check off your marking codes against the sheet and suggest their own targets.
By Juliet Davies

Marking Stickers

A collection of marking stickers that I have used very successfully in lessons. Some are even personalised (just change my name to yours). It can save a lot of time in writing comments in pupils' books!
By suziq1804

Marking and Feedback grid

A simple grid to provide feedback to students on a piece of work or work from several lessons. I use two highlighters - one for successes and another for next steps.

How to use
Change the topic title.
Work out the success criteria for the work and fill in the successes section.
Use the success criteria to create next steps criteria.

Provide students with the marking and feedback grid as success criteria for the task or series of lessons.

As students work have discussions with them on what they've achieved so far and what they could do to improve. At this stage I tend to highlight the successes and put an asterisk in the box of successes that they should try and do next.

Mark the remainder of the work, highlighting successes in one colour and the 'next steps' in another.

DIRT - give students an opportunity to complete the 'next steps' you've highlighted.

I tend not to give out the merits or grade until DIRT has been undertaken.

Students can use the marking and feedback grid to self and peer assess as well.

By Victoria1987

Book Marking Generator

This is an excel document I made that can be used to quickly provide written feedback and targets for an assessed piece of work. Simply input 8 different success criteria and 8 different target criteria and then use the excel document to generate a feedback sheet for individual pupils. I have left some example marking in to show people what the excel document does. Hopefully it will help people provide valuable feedback to pupils without it being massively time consuming. Please give feedback on this, as I am always trying to improve the resources I put on TES. *updated
By n22565277

Encouraging a student response

Originally designed for primary classes, these adaptable marking ladders help pupils to report their progress, as well as reflect on their finished work. Alternatively, these explanatory documents outline a system of interactive marking called ‘Think Pink’, which can be edited to suit different subject areas.

Getting students to engage in DIRT time needn’t be a chore with this feedback sheet. It not only encourages a student response, but also acts as a great way to show progress. Or, be even more explicit about the different stages of teacher/pupil dialogue with these well-structured sheets.

Marking Ladders

Marking ladders from “Classworks Literacy” at Nelson Thornes. I found them on the LGfL website and have been using for a while now. They really help the children to see the success criteria for written work. Topics also inlcuded: structure and punctuation.

By Slowcoach

Think Pink in Maths, a guide to interactive feedback marking

How to get children responding to and acting on marking?

Following an review that showed our Maths marking needed to be improved, I (as Maths subject leader) created a system called 'Think Pink' in which teachers highlight part of their marking in pink highlighter (something specific - a question, some corrections, an extension, an explanation) and the child responds when their book is returned in pink pen. We invested in a box of pink pens for each class, and the children love them and are eager to respond.

It has been in use for 18 months now, has been extended to English books and other subjects, and taken and used by other schools in our trust (including middle schools and secondary, not just primary). It was praised by Ofsted in a recent inspection as an example of best practice in interactive marking.

I've included final pdf files that you can print and use it exactly as they are, or Word versions that you can customise, add your school logo, and distribute exactly as you want it.
By DJGunn

Feedback Marking sheet

A feedback sheet where students can immediately create evidence of progress.
This is easily adapted to any subject, it currently goes from F-B as I'm using it for key stage 3, but it is easily amendable.
Complete their www, ebis and 'do now's on the left, then they complete their directed reflection and improvement time (DIRT Time) action on the right.
Stick it in their book, jobs a good'n.

Many more inexpensive and free resources at my shop: EC_Resources
Leave me a review and pick any other resource for free :)
By EC Resources

Pupil Feedback and Dialogue - OFSTED Criteria

Password only to modify. No password needed to open. If you want to modify then create your own! Two worksheets. 1st Blue worksheet to feedback to pupils on a specific peice of work and also allows pupils to self assess and give their own feedback. Second Yellow sheet is dialogue for pupils to complete when they have acted on the feedback from the first sheet. This will fulfil OFSTED outstanding marking criteria. We do this every 3-4 weeks at our Academy. This can be used for all key stages. Any questions please email.

By dradford

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