Grade Less Homework

I’ve never met a teacher who hasn’t bemoaned the amount of grading they have to do at one point or another. For many teachers, grading takes up just as much time as lesson planning and actual teaching, and for some teachers it takes even more.

The number of hours spent on grading vary from teacher to teacher and program to program. Sometimes there’s nothing a teacher can do. Certain curricula demand certain assignments and assessments that require tons of grading and there’s no way to get out of it.

But if you’re designing your own class and curriculum, you get to call the shots about how much you’re going to grade.

There are ways to lessen the amount of time spent on grading assessments, but this post is going to focus on grading assignments and homework.

And the answer isn’t to give students less homework. It’s to make them responsible for their own work.

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Don’t take anything home: how to beat procrastination, manage your time effectively, and save your sanity

Many teachers complain about how much time they have to put in to their profession. It’s almost a ritual to take a bunch of grading home to do while watching TV and drinking wine.

I’ve had other teachers tell me that “it’s a lifestyle, not a profession.”

While there is something to be admired about people who dedicate a lot of their time to classes, teachers don’t need to sacrifice their lives to keep things running.

This past semester, I only took about an hour of work home. Total. For the whole semester.

And I don’t think I did a disservice to my students. In fact, I think my classes went better than the previous semester, when I was taking hours of work home every week.

In this post, I’ll share some of my tips about how I did it.

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