It’s no secret that grading can be a drag. It’s often time-consuming and tedious, and can feel like it’s taking away from the time you could be spending actually teaching your students. But it doesn’t have to be this way! There are plenty of ways to make grading more fun for both you and your students.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Make it a game
One way to make grading more fun is to turn it into a game. For example, you could give students a certain number of points for each correct answer, and then let them trade in those points for prizes at the end of the week. Or, you could keep track of who gets the most correct answers on quizzes and tests, and give the winner a small prize at the end of the semester.
2. Get creative with your feedback
Instead of just writing “good job” or “needs work,” get creative with your feedback. For example, you could use stickers, stamps, or different colored pens to give students a more visual representation of their progress. Or, you could write short poems or messages that are specific to each student’s strengths and weaknesses.
3. Use technology
There are a number of ways that you can use technology to make grading more fun. For example, you could create a game in Google Classroom or use a program like Quizlet to make studying for tests more interactive. You could also use apps like Plickers or Socrative to make giving quizzes and collecting data more efficient. Using an online gradebook can also help you keep track of everything in one place, and make sharing grades with students and parents a breeze.
4. Take a break
If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by all the grading you have to do, take a break! Go for a walk, read a book, or watch a movie. Taking some time for yourself will help you come back to your work with fresh eyes and a better attitude.
5. Find a grading buddy
One of the best ways to make grading more fun is to find someone else who is also grading. You can vent to each other about the things that are driving you crazy, commiserate over the never-ending pile of papers, and celebrate the small victories together. Having someone to go through the process with will make it a lot more bearable.
6. Make it a competition
If you’re feeling competitive, try to grade faster than your students can complete their work. This will make the process more challenging and fun, and will also help you get through your grading pile more quickly. You could even make a game out of it by seeing how many papers you can grade in an hour or setting a goal for yourself each day.
7. Take advantage of down time
There are always going to be lulls in the school year, whether it’s between semesters or during a long break. Use this time to catch up on your grading so that you’re not stressing about it later on. This way, when things get busy again, you’ll be ahead of the game.
By following these tips, you can make grading more fun for both you and your students. So get out there and start enjoying the process!
Zara Raza is the Head of Marketing at SchoolCues, an all-in-one SaaS platform for schools to manage their admissions, payments, grades, student information, and more. She graduated from University of California in 2019, and has written several blogs on topics such as technology and education.