How much grading is too much?
I teach four classes of chemistry, 3 days a week. Two of these classes are Advanced Placement. I have student assistants at school but they are not allowed to grade papers. There are about 30 students in each class. That means there are approximately 120 lab papers each week, homework assignments to check, quizzes, tests and other types of documents.
I know that grading is part of the job (and this is what I really like to do - teach) and there is some that needs to be done but when is enough, enough?
This question seems to come up a lot among teachers but I am not sure we have an answer. What are other people's thoughts on grading?
I have come up with some ideas:
- Assign less - but what is cut out?
- Do not grade every lab assignment
- Grade only parts of each document and not the entire thing
- Grade only formal assessments - not supported usually in schools
So if there is anyone reading this and you have ideas about changing grading, I would really want to know.
By the way, I just read this blog post which made me think about the industrial model of education. Overtime without compensation???