Teaching can be fun but when it comes to grading and giving feedback on assignments and projects especially in classrooms with a huge number of students, it can be quite challenging.
While some teachers may have it easy because they have assistants to grade for them and give feedback on their behalf, some are not so privileged.
That is why in this article, we will be sharing with you three ways you can give meaningful feedback and grade as many assignments and tasks as you’re faced with.
Be strategic about feedback
You should know by now that it is not every assignment or task that needs detailed feedback.
Knowing when to give surface-level feedback and feedback with depth based on the type of learning task or assessment will help you manage your time.
Comprehensive feedback should be for heavier assignments and projects, and your feedback should be unique to each submission.
When teaching a course and you want to make sure they understand what you are teaching, you can give them short quizzes with immediate feedback on their answers.
This will enable the students to understand where they got it wrong and make amends.
You can also set questions at the bottom of each chapter and ask them to solve them, with the intention of letting them understand the kinds of errors they might be making so that they can make amends immediately.
That way, you will be helping students recognize the areas in their problem-solving process that the mistakes are from.
You can then give your feedback by commenting directly to the errors one at a time.
Encourage group assignments
When you allow students work together on a piece of work or project, you’re not only letting them learn how to collaborate on assignments and tasks and assignments but also allowing them learn from one another.
Working in groups enables students garner different ideas, learn from their own experiences as well as from others, and get the chance to make appropriate conclusions based on the questions in the activity.
However, the benefits of students’ collaboration is not only peculiar to the students themselves, it also benefits teachers as well because it makes it easier for you as a teacher to grade, as you have more time to deeply scrutinize their submissions because they are fewer instead of giving shallow feedback for many submissions.
Using tools to support your work isn’t a crime. Technological tools are there to make work easier for teachers by helping them with grading and providing feedback on performances.
There are tools that automate the scoring of students, simplify the process of categorizing errors and group student responses according to the type of error they make through the help of machine learning technology, and help teachers give comprehensive feedback on assignments and projects by applying instructions throughout a piece of work.
With the right tools, you spend less time giving the same feedback several times. This way, you allow automation handle repetitive tasks on your behalf while you use your time interacting with students and helping them coordinate course ideas.
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