Having so many classes, it is really important for me to be economical with my marking. I have over ten sets of books to mark in KS3 and KS4 alone, so I am continually looking for new ideas to help me be speedy at marking.
Recently on TES, I saw an idea for printing generic stickers that encourage a response from the pupil, but do not need to be personalised for each individual book. I have done the personalised marking stickers before, but these are still quite time consuming as I find that I need to look at the book first to gage what sort of questions will be appropriate to be printed.
Some of the stickers require a green pen response, which is the policy of the school that I work at, however some are just recognition of good work. I think the pupils like that they are personalised from myself, as it shows that I have put effort into the marking that I am doing.
Other ideas for generic marking stickers:
- Where’s Wally? Find the mistake on the page, underline it and correct it with green pen
- Self reflection – using a green pen write down one thing you have done well in this piece of work, and one thing that you could improve if you did the work again
- What is the best piece of work that you have created this half term? Why is it the best?
- Compare your work with the person next to you – what can you learn from their work and how would you apply it to your own?