Grading papers is like laundry, a never ending task. If you skip a week, the stack gets bigger and more overwhelming. I have found a few things that help me tackle tasks that are less-than-fun, especially when you are doing it on the weekend.
Cool supplies can make the job more fun. Scratch 'n sniff stickers, sparkly stickers, stamps, and different markers and pens will make your go time go by quicker. Follow my FB page the week this post is published because I plan to give away a box of markers, pens, stickers, and stamps to one of my followers.
Do you have students that rush through their work and make careless mistakes. Staple a "speeding ticket" on their paper. Parents seeing the speeding ticket and students redoing their assignment should help with this problem.
Encourage top quality work by showing your students what you consider high quality work. One easy way to display work is using the twine with clothes pins that is shown in the picture above. I purchased this at Christmas time. It was supposed to be used to hang up greeting cards. Teachers can repurpose it to display students' work.
You can also motivate students by stapling a reward to an assignment that is top quality. The banana bucks are easy to attach and fun to use if you have a jungle, zoo, or monkey theme.
Put on comfy clothes and binge watch your favorite shows will make your time go by quicker. The following are some of my favorite shows to watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime:
- Cover Affairs
- The Cleaner
- The Americans
- The Unit
- Madam Secretary
- The Closer
- The Guardian
- The Glades
- The Good Wife
- Blue Bloods
- Lie to Me
- Chicago Code
Do you have a favorite show(s) to watch when you grade papers?
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