Stop writing the same comments over and over again on students’ papers. Instead, share REMINDERS with students. I’ve designed my REMINDERS based on common student errors. Simply refer students to the slide number they need to review.
I teach students this at the beginning of the year. They know that my comment of “slide 4” means they need to review slide 4. I always attach the REMINDER to the assignment as a “view only” Google link. We use Schoology, so the REMINDER appears as a link at the bottom of the assignment.
TIP: STOP USING RUBRICS/CHECKLISTS
Yes, I said it: “Stop using rubrics/checklists.” In this digital age, you don’t need them. Instead, create separate online assignments for different sections of the rubric/checklist.
For instance, if you have assigned a narrative, focus on only one part of the narrative for each assignment. Have one assignment for openings (with a link to a REMINDER covering writing strong narrative openings), another assignment for punctuating dialogue (with a link to a REMINDER for punctuating dialogue) etc. This is less overwhelming for students, and because you are assessing each skill, harder for students to ignore. (I cringe to think about how many rubrics were printed, circled and commented on by over-worked teachers, handed to students who then glanced at the overall grade and tossed the rubric in the can.
Be a rebel. Try the other way.
By creating separate assignments for each skill, students have easy access to convenient links to review the skills. That was never possible with paper rubrics.
This method of assessing holds students accountable for mastering the skill and allows them to focus on one skill at a time instead of being handed an overwhelming rubric/checklist which often never gets read.
Save your comments for the positives. Let the REMINDERS do the rest.
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