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Tiny Check Sheets for Grading

In an effort to make my grading more efficient and to provide appropriate instructions and feedback for my students, I created several “tiny grade sheets” for writing assignments.

Originally, I printed these out on colored paper, cut them, and stapled a slip to each assignment when it was turned in.

Over the past few months I decided it made more sense to paste the tiny grade sheet right into the assignment.

The benefits are obvious:
1) Saves paper
2) Reminds students what they need to include in the assignment
3) Saves time
4) Provides a permanent record they can clip in the binder (no lost quarter-slips of paper)

I have created one Google Doc with three of my most commonly used grade sheets: Tiny Check Sheets for RACE and Paragraphs

  • The single RACE response
  • The double RACE response (or what I have labeled as RAC²E Response)
  • The 5-7 Sentence Paragraph

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As I create an assignment, I just go to the Google Doc and copy and paste the grade sheet into the text of the assignment.

This works for hard copies that I pass out in class, but it also works with Google Classroom when I post a template for students to work with.

Note: This does require me to print out the submitted assignments. However, we are doing more and more of our writing on Google Classroom these days, so it’s worth it. (If you don’t know the trick to printing an entire class’s work with the click of one button, go look up pdf.mergy)

I know there are rubric add-ons, applications, and extensions you can put into Google Docs, but sometimes I get so tired of looking at the computer screen, I just find this a better option for me.  Plus, who doesn’t love to grade with their Paper-Mate Flair pens?

How do you speed up grading?

How do you provide feedback?

What other grade sheets, check sheets, or rubrics would be useful in your classroom?  

Leave a comment and share your thoughts, ideas, or questions!

 

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Great Resource for Classroom Posters

I just stumbled upon Cool Stuff for Nerdy Teachers.

(They had me at “nerdy.”)

You can find some very cool,  free PDF versions of charts, visuals, posters, organizers, and strategies for your classroom.

This would be a great tool for students to keep inside a math work book or binder. (Download at the above mentioned site)

If you don’t have time to make these kinds of things (who does?) or you don’t believe in reinventing the wheel, look here first.

I plan on adding this to my paragraph writing lesson we are currently working on. (Download at the above mentioned site)

The only thing you’ll need is color ink for your printer and it’s recommended you laminate these 8 1/2 x 11 pages.

It looks like you can also purchase an editable format for $10 if you’d like to tweak it.

The posters are colorful, visually pleasing, cover the K-12 spectrum in many subject areas, and, for me….give me great ideas of things I’d like to make!

I won’t be using this at the middle school…but it might come in handy at home with the kids! I think I’ll hang it on the fridge – or my forehead. (Download at the above mentioned site)

5-7 Sentence Paragraph Graphic Organizer

My Resource Room students will be writing five short (5-7 sentence) paragraphs on various topics related to the Olympics and our typed paragraphs will be pasted inside construction paper Olympic rings when we are finished.

Here is the graphic organizer we used today to write our first paragraph for our Olympic unit.

5-7 Sentence Paragraph Organizer

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