The 6 Reasons You Should Grade Student Work Electronically

I’m a big believer in pen and paper. Students should write on paper as often as possible. I resist the prediction that one day screens will replace paper. There are so many cognitive benefits to putting pen to paper for writing that the keyboard will never be able to compete with. But when it comes to assessing student work, especially essays, I am starting to see things differently.

One of the main reasons I am transitioning to grading student work on the computer is because I teach on a campus where no teacher has his or her own classroom. We all rotate. Some of us multiple times because our campus has more students than rooms. There are some arguments that can be made for this way of operating a school, but after teaching there for four years, I can attest that the biggest argument against this operation is losing papers.

When a teacher is misplacing and searching for papers regularly, that person is going to look for any way to reduce the stacks. So I transitioned to grading student essays through certain Google apps, and I really like the results.

Here are the 6 reasons you should grade student work electronically.  Continue reading “The 6 Reasons You Should Grade Student Work Electronically”

Grading – Whatever It Takes

Let’s turn to the topic that every English teacher loves to hate

If you’re joining us for the first time this week, on Monday and Tuesday we were exploring the statement “Whatever it takes–that’s the job of the teacher.”

Let’s turn to the topic every English teacher loves to hate: grading. Years ago a friend of mine said, “I teach for free; grading is what I get paid for.” That’s how I try to see it. Now doing “whatever it takes” when it comes to grading is really a matter of deadlines. That’s the only time I am ever going to say that I need to do “whatever it takes.”  Continue reading “Grading – Whatever It Takes”

Which Stream Do You Frequent?

When work needs to get done, what do you listen to?

When I am grading student work or writing engaging content, I need a little help. I need something that keeps me energized and takes up just a little of my attention. So I turn to music.

During my grading and writing sessions, I steam the upbeat jazz station. It has a tempo that keeps me going, but I don’t get distracted by lyrics.

My stream is at Amazon Music Unlimited, mainly because I am a satisfied Prime customer.

What about you? When work needs to get done, what do you listen to? Which stream do you frequent?

All suggestions are welcome.