Shortly after middle or high school teachers assign an essay, we begin to feel it. That growing tension, nagging us from the back of our brain, echoing "It's coming," over and over again. We all feel the due date creeping toward us like a monster that'll steal our lives for a week or so, until we can evaluate each of those mistake filled pieces of written matter. And each one always takes entirely longer than we'd like.
In the twenty years I've been teaching at the high school and college levels, I've found that most essays contain level-specific, repetitive issues to the point that I was writing the same comments over and over again from essay to essay.
To save time and ensure my students could read the comment in a fully expressed form, I created a Numbered Comments Key and attached it to the Custom Rubric for that particular essay assignment. As I evaluate, I simply place the number for the mistakes within the essay in the areas needing attention, rather than write condensed comments in chicken scratch.
I have found that this method of assessment has cut my evaluation time in half.
That’s right I can do the same stack of essays in often even less than half the time. I hope it helps you similarly “Work Smarter, Not Harder.”
Essays Made Easy
by Mr. Leigh C. Stroh
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