Friday, January 11, 2013
Time Saving Tips for Adjuncts Overwhelmed with Grading
In a couple of weeks, I will again be running a teacher development workshop for our adjuncts teaching Intro to Philosophy. Due to some funding/budget issues, it looks like our overworked adjuncts will be even more overworked with more students in their sections this term. Furthermore, because Intro to Philosophy fulfills one of the core requirements at our institution, instructors must require students to write 3500 words of finished writing (not including exams). That means that instructors cannot rely on exams but must assign papers and grade them. Therefore, I've decided to focus our teacher development session on time saving grading tips. I will recommend the use of rubrics and short written assignments graded on a check/check minus/check plus basis, which are two of my main time saving devices. I know that there have been previous posts about this on this blog and I will make sure to transmit some of that advice, but I wanted to make an open call to our readers and contributors for other suggestions. How do you save time when grading papers?