Here, in Part 2, we will look at the next tool needed to make online grading spectacular! And if Doctopus wasn’t a crazy enough name, how does Goobric sound? Doctopus and Goobric are a packaged deal. You can’t get to Goobric without Doctopus, and whether or not you are using Google Classroom for online submissions of work, trust me, you’re going to want to get your hands on Goobric.
After misplacing another student assignment, I was at my wits’ end. I work on a high school campus where teachers don’t have an assigned classroom. That means we move from room to room. Last year, I taught in two different rooms (Some of my colleagues taught in three!). Let me give you a snapshot of what it was like.
I would bring my load with me to each place. In classroom # 1, I would set up and teach for three periods. Then I would strike my workstation, and move it all to a common office all the English teachers shared, and set it up again to work on my prep period. Then I would strike it, move it, and set it up in Classroom # 2. Then I would strike it all and go home, usually setting up again to work on some open items left over from the day.
This was Monday through Friday. No wonder I lost papers! Midyear, I started getting desperate. I had to find a way to collect papers, keep a hold of them, and get the back to the students, all while on the move. I was past the point where I would let my skepticism keep me from trying online grading. So I started looking around. And what I found has forever changed how I will collect and grade essays.
This is a layered process that seems complex from the outside looking in. So I will post it in two parts. Continue reading “Start Grading Papers Online Right Away: Part 1”