Is it me or is marking all of a sudden become trendy?
It's all about purple pens, green pens, dialogue marking, peer assessment, self assessment, asking questions and don't forget lots of stickers too.
I'm sure like I'm not alone in the perpetual feeling of guilt I have around marking. It's always there, throughout your evenings, weekends and holidays.
But now, it's not just a tick, flick and comment. It's all about dialogue and progress.
I think there's a lot of merit in having conversations with students; forcing them to consider their own learning needs and making them to make active adjustments in their work. Drafting and redrafting is vital and necessary for students to develop and progress.
But as always with anything in regards to marking I worry.
I worry about workload and I worry getting it right. Right for students and teachers.
Then again going back to that ever growing marking pile, are we just asking teachers with full teaching timetables to be super teachers? Are we being realistic in terms of work/life balance? Or can marking be cleverly managed to limit the load? Or is this merely cutting corners?
These are questions I still can't answer with confidence after a decade in the classroom.
Fads come and go...but considering the quandary of marking. Are we being realistic? Or do our own unrealistic expectations just welcome burnout?
Marking is such a vital aspect what we do.....That's the quandary.