Making marking efficient and meaningful

Nicola Davison
18th October 2018
Teacher marking tools

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

Getting the right balance between time spent marking and offering quality feedback can be tricky. Luckily, we've got you covered. Check out these resources and help your students get on top of their progress. 

Speed up marking

Make the most out of technology by using an automated spreadsheet to calculate grades.

Markbook and Assessment Log Spreadsheet

This is a powerful spreadsheet markbook and assessment log. As a teacher, there are so many areas to assess and keep track of. This spreadsheet can almost do it all for you! All calculations update the overall mark, average, grade and percentage.

It has taken years of making changes and edits to come up with this final version.

This is best suited for teachers who have students for a number of subjects (eg infant/elementary/primary classes), but could assist year advisers in high school. Even if you wanted to just use one subject area, this will work fine.

What does it do?
- calculates averages
- calculates totals
- calculates term, semester and yearly marks, percentages and position
- produces a position/rank for terms, semesters, subjects and overall
- provides a grade (A-E) depending on your scale
- allows adaptable scaling of subjects (eg English worth 20% of overall mark, Maths 18% etc)
- seven subject areas available
- records spelling, homework and home reading, and provides a mark for behaviour
- provides a reward amount, depending on your scale
- most areas are adaptable for your individual situation
By pro_resources

Mark Book Spreadsheet - Calculates marks, means, weighted ranks, progressively weighted marks

This is a spreadsheet tool for recording marks. Just input your weightings, raw marks and so on into the relevant columns (formula is already set up, just needs adjusting to your specific needs) and you're ready to go.

This spread sheet calculates:
Weighted Marks
Progressive marks with weighting considered
Task Performance Ranks
Progressive Ranks

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Use a grid

Use one of the grids below as a guide to give marks and feedback, while allowing students to reflect on your comments. 

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

grid to help with marking & feedback

I use this once a term to give detailed feedback quickly to students. Do not try to use this every time you mark (as if you are like me and have about 300 students you teach it's too much workload wise). You could get students to use this as part of peer assessment based upon your feedback too.
I hope you find it helpful.
By leigh-canning

Add stickers

Print out these marking stickers and save time in giving feedback. Bonus point: they make you look cool. 

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 Suzanne Quinn

Marking stickers to speed up and encourage feedback

Marking code stickers that I use for all my classes. This speeds up marking and encourages feedback. Stick the codes key in student's book/ classroom wall. Print out and stick! Simples! Printer sticker paper can be purchased online (avery standard 5160).Images are taken from Microsoft Office Clip-Art collections.
By PlanMyLesson .

Marking Stickers to Encourage Feedback - 23 Template Bundle

Has that pile of books been sitting on your desk for over a week? Why not print out some stickers and get sticking! I use a range of stickers to encourage student feedback. It’s an excellent way to save some time but also encourage a dialogue. Credit to A. Wilkes for inspiration. You will require various label size papers but there are some standard envelope ones. Sticker sizes include: standard address label, 25x25, 64x64 and others. Comments are appreciated. This paper can be purchased online and put into any printer. Comments are appreciated. Images are taken from Microsoft Office Clip-Art collections and used in line with MS policy. Enjoy!

By maxblackburn

Marking Stickers (9-1) With Effort

Marking stickers with effort gauge, a level 9-1 thermometer and space for www, ebi and pupil feedback. Set up for 2 by 4 sticker sheets, but just as good on paper with a glue stick to hand.
By stephen2107

Encourage self-assessment

Motivate pupils to be independent learners by giving them the chance to self-reflect. For example, try a DIRT worksheet or hang a ticket tracker to let students display their work. 

DIRT Worksheet (A3 Double-Sided)

Need an instant DIRT worksheet/session?

This is for any GCSE (or exam) subject.
This download includes a generic (multi-subject) A3 double-sided DIRT worksheet and PowerPoint instructional slides.

DIRT stands for ‘Dedicated Improvement Reflection Time’ and the worksheet features a number of activities that encourage students to reflect on their work, their targets and how to improve.

The download also includes a 5-slide, fully-animated, PowerPoint presentation that can be integrated into your teaching materials or used as a session in itself. The Powerpoint features a number of activities for DIRT.

Both files are fully editable so that you can make any alterations or changes you might want to.

By godwin86

Independent Self-Assessment Tool

This is a great self-assessment resource for learners to showcase their understanding of the activity they are doing!

I hope that you find this resource useful in supporting learners to self-assess their ability to complete a task. It is also extremely helpful in identifying learners that could use some extra support in class – it has definitely helped me to help my learners! There is the option for learners identify an ability to be able to complete the task independently and support another learner - great for differentiation, including stretch and challenge!

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By Matthew White

Post it Note Self Assessment Exit Ticket Tracker Poster Template

This simple yet elegant poster with become the most interacted with component of your classroom! This template allows students to complete their exit ticket question, for any subject, on a post it note (with their name on the back which avoids student to student opportunities) and then put that post it note on this oversized poster. The product comes with two options; the first is an 8.5x11 option which can be put into a poster-making printer and the second is a 20x27 file which can be printed and patched together. Both documents are in microsoft publisher formats. I would also suggest laminating the poster for integrity and to ease the attachment with the sticky notes.

Students will love getting out of their seat, and will take great pride in their work being displayed each day. Students will also self assess and place their post it note under three categories which include, Content Master, I kind of get it but need a little help, and I'm struggling & don't understand. This self assessment component aligns to John Hattie's research for students understanding where they are in the learning process and is considered best practice.

As the teacher, you will be able to easily scan the poster for inaccuracies as well as easily create adaptive differentiated groups the following lesson or day based on groupings of post it notes. Additionally, you will be able to see how students feel about their work and the confidence they have on that specific content matter.

Be sure to check out my Exit Ticket Progress Monitoring Template.
By Hashtag_Teached

Student Self Assessment Mat

Guided self assessment mat for students. Encourages students to actively improve their work. Great as an extension task or to get students to check their work prior to marking.

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