Take a look at this list of “myths” about paper grading—the realities may help you shorten your grading time and, at the same time, give students the feedback they really need.
There is no simple solution to make the task of grading less daunting, but the following steps from Case Western Reserve University might help: As more communication with students happens via email, and as more students turn in assignments via a digital dropbox on Blackboard, many teachers are moving toward responding to student writing digitally.
And, of course, that rubric and all of its comments are saved and ready to be reused on the next assignment.
It's everything you normally do, only more efficient.
But it seems impossible to satisfy all three criteria.
Ignore the "Essay" part of Essay Tagger and leverage our incredible tools to hit the formative assessment trifecta. Standardize your PLT's rubric structure but customize it with your own feedback comments.
Ask students to identify successful examples from their own (or published) work.
Consider handing out sample student papers (with permission from former students) or fabricated examples.
Rubrics not only streamline your grading process and guide you to be fair and clear as you grade, but they also make it easier for students to understand how they might improve for their next assignment.
Grading papers can be the most cumbersome and difficult part of teaching writing-intensive classes.