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Marking

There are few such satisfying things as closing the last jotter and adding it neatly to the pile already marked. You'll feel good that the task is completed but also reassured that your pupils have done well and understood the lesson. You'll move on with the curriculum happy and content in the knowledge that your pupils are ready to move on with you. If you do come across some misunderstandings you can get them sorted out early.

There are few such satisfying things as closing the last jotter and adding it neatly to the pile already marked. You'll feel good that the task is completed but also reassured that your pupils have done well and understood the lesson. You'll move on with the curriculum happy and content in the knowledge that your pupils are ready to move on with you. If you do come across some misunderstandings you can get them sorted out early.

Don't put it off

The best advice for marking is 'get it done'. Don't put it off as very often your next piece of work for your pupils will need feedback from it. Don't let it grow into a monster by finding other things to do and dreading the time spent with your worksheets and jotters. Don't always just scoop it up and take it all home. You'll be tired at the end of the day and the last thing you want to do is sit at a table in the shadow of a mountain of marking.

Use class time

Use periods of class time to mark. Do it with the pupil or in a quiet moment when the class is working on set tasks or when you allocate preparation and marking time in school. Get pupils to mark each other occasionally with you overseeing it. This is valuable because there is not always a right and wrong answer in some work and pupils need to know what is being looked for.

Have a "one touch" system for marking papers

Don't keep putting off the marking no matter how painful it may seem. Pupils need early feedback otherwise the lesson can be lost on them. You don't have to mark every single sum or sentence but you do need to show a presence in your pupil's jotters!

Be consistent in your marking

If you are not in a good mood, tired or stressed, do not mark. Consistency as a marker is important and so is absolute fairness. If you don't feel good both of these can be impaired.

Give positive feedback

Marking work is about giving advice, pointing out errors and making sure your pupils know the right answers. You need to give positive feedback. Highlight the mistakes and support the way to the right answer.

Marking needs to factor in encouragement so a loud "wrong" or excessive red pen can have the opposite effect to guiding and supporting. Long gone are the days when pupils were terrorised by the red pen that noted See Me! at the end of a piece of work.