I’m marking Year 10 work. Forgot that there is a tracking point due tomorrow. Two comments here:
Firstly that tracking points are a pretty good way of making sure that you are doing your job properly – I am just realising that I have been a bit lax this term with Y10.
Secondly that you can think that your groups are doing really well but when you actually mark the work with a decent criteria you notice a lot of things that need correcting, and if you didn’t do it and more than a couple of weeks has past, it’s probably not going to be much use correcting it.
What with marking electronic work, usually in PDF form I normally give a grade and a formative comment in my mark book from the penultimate lesson. On the last lesson I put my excel markbook up on the projector for them to read before they make the final improvements. With a class of 25 they will need to come up to the front to see their comments. Mail merging from excel is also possible but uses a heck of a lot of paper. It might be an idea to get them to copy the comment in to their planners because they can be too lazy to come up to the front later on in the lesson!
This method means marking the work twice, but its such a powerful learning tool that I think it’s worth the effort.