One problem I have is organization. I plan to change that this year. When students turn in papers in the past, I would put them in a stack on my desk. As the week of grading progressed, I would find papers of students who had not turned them in on they day they were due. However, I couldn’t count off an accurate number of points because I did not know how late they were. I’ve devised a plan that will help me with that, though.
I am going to have a file folder for each assignment. Each assignment will have a very large sticky label (a mailing label) on which I will have printed the name of every student I have (all 98 of them). When students hand them in on the first day, I will highlight them. Each day it is late, I will highlight the name a different color. If they slip it in without me knowing it, they do not get highlighted until I discover it.
This plan also gives me an extra place to record grades because I can write it down next to each name. That way I do not have to carry a grade book around with the risk of misplacing it (remember, I am not organized). To put it lightly, it is always a little disheartening to discover your grade book (or in my case, grade sheets) is missing. Since we use an electronic grading system, we are not required to have a grade book.
If you have any ideas about how to keep organized with respect to grading, please leave your ideas in the comment box below.