Making marking efficient and meaningful

Nicola Davison
09th May 2017
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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.

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.

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*This resource is being sold by its author

Do you have a resource that supports the marking and feedback process? Publish it on TES and send us the link for a chance to be featured!

This post was originally published on 20 April 2016, and was refreshed on 9 May 2017.

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