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Mass Marking

We are incorporating more writing opportunities in our middle school and high school science classes, both “formal” and ”informal” writings. How can one teacher grade more than 180 pieces of writing in a timely fashion with feedback that allows students to learn and grow?  – L., California   Here are some things I have tried […]

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Extra credit?

My students are asking for “extra credit” work. I’m having second thoughts about doing this, especially since it seems that students wait until the end of the marking period to ask. Is there a good rationale for giving (or not giving) extra credit work? —Wayne, Kansas City, Missouri “Extra credit” seems to be part of […]

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Meaningful feedback

Our department chair is encouraging us to add comments to student writing assignments. This sounds time-consuming; I have more than 100 students in my Earth science classes. Would students even read my comments on lab reports or term papers? —Steve, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania When students don’t understand the purpose of their assignments, they may think of […]

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