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Don't grade everything. Make some things worth just a credit check
(like 20 points). It's either done and turned in or not. Also, if
you have lots of grades for the students, don't grade some things.
Just give all the students points and say that you were in a generous
mood. Also, every once-in-a-while, I just throw out a whole set of
class papers (I teach social studies as well as art) if the students
don't need them back, got the point of the assignment, etc.
Also consider 'peer grading' using a rubric you develop. Those
little souls can be very diligent when they are grading someone else's
work. I use peer editing and peer grading more and more in social
Anyone else have some good ideas? I want them too!!
> Another question for you folks. From previous posts you may remember, I
> am teaching middle school for the first year after years of high school.
> It has been a huge adjustment and I posed one of the question about
> classroom management.
> My next question is about time management. I would be interested to know
> how much time each of you spend in your classroom after and before
> school, how much work do you do at home, how many of your day's off,
> I feel like I'm working and not getting everything done.
> How do you prioritize whats most important to be done. Displays, art
> shows, grades, individual student attention, etc. Any tips on how you
> have "come to grips" with all of the demands would be greatly
> appreciated. I'm considering changing my grading system to be more time
> efficient. I don't have time to grade every little piece anymore.
> Middle schoolers create hugh amounts of artwork.
> I am having some success with classroom management from the tips you
> sent. Maybe I'll make it in middle school.....and then again, maybe I'll
> look for a high school position.
> Thanks in advance,
> TREE, Teresa Sheffey
> Montwood Middle School
> El Paso, TX