Day 3: Discuss one "observation" area that you would like to improve for your evaluation?
This is the 3rd day of the 30 Day Challenge from Teach Thought.
One area that I really want to improve this year is getting feedback to students quickly on lengthier pieces of writing (Domain 3: Instruction -Feedback). This is a goal for me every year and each year I improve, but I still believe I can do better.
As a high school English teacher who generally has 150+ students each year, it is often difficult to pass back drafts with comments on them in a few days. At my fastest, I can read and comment on a student's writing piece in 30 minutes. If I grade 10 pieces a day, it will take me five hours a day. At that pace, I can grade 150 pieces in 75 hours. I promise this isn't hyperbole.
I have tried several strategies over the years including staggering turn-in times for my six classes, only providing comments on first drafts, and using holistic rubrics. Of course, each year my students offer a much simpler strategy: stop assigning essays. Well, that isn't going to happen.
The last few years I have experimented with different technology platforms (Edmodo, Wikis, Comment feature in Word, etc.) to help me give feedback to students quicker. I have experimented with giving feedback orally and through stock comments.
Through each of these experiments, I find a technique or two that helps me get writing back to my students quicker. Yet, I still am not completely satisfied with my turn around time. So, I am experimenting again this year. Ever the optimist, maybe this is the year that I finally get it right.
What do you do to grade writing pieces quickly?