When do you prefer to get your grading done?

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  1. Teacher234

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    I am just curious.
    I prefer to get my grading done after school (typically four times a week). I have been doing this for about a decade and it works for me. However, I am curious....what works for you, in regards to grading?

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  3. Aces

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    Either during lunch or on Sunday nights. They turn in homework/tests on Mondays (subsequently when I return last week's) so I basically have an entire week to grade. For the most part it's all easily done.
     
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    Thank you for replying.
     
  5. Aces

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    Oh you have NO idea how much I cheat. The tests are all multiple choice, the answer sheet is one sheet. I have an answer sheet that has bold marks for the answers. Put the student test over the answer key, hold it up to the light. I have a glass table with lights underneath. Just mark the wrong ones, divide right by total, keep it moving.
     
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    This is what I prefer. Right now, however, I have an after school program using my room; they are waiting in the hall when I dismiss my class and are there until 6. It's so loud that I can't do my grading so I'm going in extra early to tackle it before school.
     
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    I grade most class work while the kids are working. As I monitor the room, I talk with the kids and get a good sense of what they are doing. I also spot check, too. Usually I do that during planning time, although I often have meetings or other things to do then. I only stay after one day a week. I stay on Friday. I don’t take work home.
     
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    4:15 in the morning. This allows me to focus solely on quality prep work during contract hours.
     
  9. Teacher234

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    I do not necessarily think that is cheating. I think that is a creative solution! Also, I hate multiple choice...just saying.
     
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    Thank you everyone for the replies.
     
  11. Aces

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    I hate tests in general and don't believe in them. So I try to make it easy on my self. They tell me all the time I should try having 3-4 versions of tests. Nope, I'm not. To deter cheating sure that's great but I give out tests on Thursday and they're due on Monday.
     
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    Our school district prohibits taking home tests, although we can assign projects that are test grade for students to work on at home.
     
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    I grade period 3's tests while period 4 is taking the test, and period 4 while period 7 is taking it, and so on. Then I usually only have 1 set of tests to do after school or the next day during a prep period. I try my best to post grades the day the students take the assessments so they get that immediate feedback. The only exception is sometimes last period gets pushed to the next day.
     
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    I try to grade exit tickets and classwork during my prep before I leave. I take tests and quizzes home since they take me a few hours to grade.
     
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    First thing in the morning before my double espresso wears off.

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    My preference is right after the papers have been finished, although it's not always possible. If my students are taking a test, I'll usually grade the previous class' papers when the next class is taking the test.

    Otherwise I grade during my planning period.

    I really try not to bring work home. It doesn't usually get done anyways.
     
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    I honestly have so much respect for you guys that can accomplish grading during the school day. I try so hard to get it done during the day but it's very hit and miss. I get distracted during my prep periods and after school isn't a great option either between useless meetings and theater practice.
     
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    It's mostly a goal for me and not something that always happens. But it does sometimes happen. I'm behind in grading right now.
     
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    Recently, I tried having the students bring their paper up to my podium immediately upon completion. I then graded the problems on the spot, recorded the score, and handed it back to the student before they returned to their seat. If a student had any incorrect answers, I circled them to redo; the student went back to correct them and then brought it up again for re-grading.

    Pros: instant feedback and mastery is achievable even if mistakes were made the first time.

    Cons: It tied me more to the front of the room than normal (can’t circulate as much to observe students’ progress and intervene)

    Anybody use this method regularly and have tips?
     
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    I like this in theory; how do you avoid a line of kids waiting for you?
     
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    I do lesson plans on my computer at home on Sunday nights but other than that I do everything during the school day. I get to school 30-45 minutes every day and usually can leave no later than 15-20 minutes after contract time at the end of the day. I hate bringing things home so I don't!
     
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    For the most part, kids got done at different rates, so it never got to more than three a couple times. And the assignment was very easy to grade in less than ten seconds (all numerical answers that are either right or wrong). It would not be manageable for grading in-depth things like proofs or written responses.
     
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    For multiple choice assignments, several of our teachers use Zip Grade. Students put their papers under a document camera and it grades them automatically as they turn them in.
     
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    I wish I did your method, but I feel better when all my papers from the day can be graded. I do not know why. I have tried to work on this for over a decade.....I still grade the same way. (I have been teaching for 2 decades, though.)
     
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    That would make my life so much easier, but I do not it think would work for elementary.
     
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    You could try having them raise their hand when they finish and then quickly going to their desk to grade the paper. It would let you circulate more.
     
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    Great idea!
     
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    I do some during my prep time. Tests, more time intensive papers I do at home...a
     
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    I usually grade during the same period that students take their quizzes and tests. Scores go in the same day. Homework assignments go in immediately after homework discussion — I just call each student’s name out loud and I enter in their marks, which are all peer graded. If I don’t finish by the end of the period, then I finish in my prep period immediately after class or after school. My schedule looks like this:

    1) AP Stats
    2) Prep
    3) AP Stats
    4) Prep
    5) AP Calc BC
    6) Prep
    7) Calc 3

    I love my schedule and it allows me to get everything done that day. Very, very rarely do I take my work home with me as I have plenty of time to get it done during the day. I do, however, answer emails over the weekend on occasion.
     
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    thanks for replying. It must be nice to have a prep/planning period after you teach a class. You might be jealous of my planning period schedule (this is sarcasm):
    8:00-8:45 Prep Time (before school)
    8:45 Students arrive
    8:45-10:45 Class
    10:45-11:15 Student Lunch; planning time
    11:15-3:00 Class, I occasionally can fit it a little prep time when students are independently working
    3:00-3:30 Prep Time (after school)
    3:30 Head home
     
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    Oof. At least you can begin and end your day with a prep. Also, why do you lesson plan so much?
     
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    I have three grades to plan for daily/weekly. I also use this time as lesson prep. Lesson planning tends to take me a little longer than other teachers. During those times, that is when I grade.
    The only good news is that I start work at 8 AM and end at 3:30 PM.
     

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