This is my ninth year teaching (tenth, if you count the year I taught pre-K, but for our purposes today, I won’t). I have been caught up on grading once this year. I have yet to figure out how to manage my piles of papers so that I do not constantly have a stack of some sort. Taking work home with me is merely an exercise in moving papers around, as I have three children running around, a cluttered house, and supper to cook. I try to tell myself this is OK, but it sincerely bothers me that it takes me so long to grade papers. I can remember being in the students’ shoes and wanting quick feedback, so I know how they feel when they have to wait a week or so for papers.
Carol Jago has a book called Papers, Papers, Papers: An English Teacher’s Survival Guide. Has anyone read it? Did it help?
My schedule is a modified block schedule. We do subbing in-house. Some days, my schedule is somewhat light, while on other days, I barely sit down even once. I teach fewer than 60 students, but I do a lot of writing. Students generally write an essay for me every three to four weeks. All of my students. I also do other types of writing assessments. Rubrics save my life — my grading goes much more quickly.
I can remember my students doing much less writing when I taught in public school and simply had too many students to make it effective. How much writing do your students do? How do you stay on top of grading compositions?