Hi everyone! Today’s post brings you three more time saving tips for marking and feedback.
1. Whole class feedback
I stole this idea from Twitter and it really has reduced my marking time. The idea is that you record all of your feedback on one sheet and then set whole class activities based on your findings. Columns include:
• Cause for concern
• Missing / incomplete work
• DIRT activities
It really does save a huge amount of time and helps you to focus your planning.
2. Video feedback
If you’re thinking “I don’t want to be on camera!” or “It’ll take ages to do!” I can promise you that I felt the same. The thought of my face on camera is not one I relished and it is true, it took me a while to set this up. But if you can get over these things, it will definitely save you time. You can even do an audio recording rather than a video if you are really camera shy!
Essentially it becomes more efficient to record 30 seconds of feedback and e-mail it to your students than write detailed targets in each of their books. 30 seconds of talking is worth far more than 30 seconds of writing. Once you get used to this it really can save time and in my experience the students respond well to more personalised feedback.
3. Live marking
Live marking is the idea that, as students are writing a response, you circulate and write short comments on their work then and there. We all monitor and give verbal suggestions, but spending a few seconds writing comments as you can be a really effective form of AFL.
All of the above suggestions are time savers and, more importantly, will help your students to progress in a clear and structured way. As I’m a realist the added bonus is that you’ll have loads of evidence of targeted feedback should you get “the call”….