At my present school we mark, as most teachers do, but we have a system that allows consistency throughout the school. This system has been developed and refined over the last 3 years.
Here is our system:
1. We use a green highlighter to signal to the children that we like. GOOD TO BE GREEN
3. At the end there will be a green comment = good parts of their work
4. At the end there will be a yellow comments = development areas and corrections that need to be done
5. I also have a smile face that means that they have been awarded a stamp on their reward card – once they have collected 10 completed cards they are given a certificate and a book voucher presented in assembly by the Headteacher.
Marking has changed this year
I have been brought some stamps
These have changed the marking process?
I still do exactly the same as before but my marking now incorporate these stamps. The added bonus with these stamp are that they allow instant feedback to the person/child.
The group it has really changed is the LA/EAL/SEN
As many teachers would know there is always an issue with marking for children who cannot access or read your marking.
What do we do?
- Some school get the comments read to the child, as part of their morning activities – so parents can see and read them with their children
- Some school the teachers read them back to children in lesson
- Some school get TA/LSA to read them back in guided group time (focused learning time)
The children are now able to understand what they have done well because each of the stamps has a picture on it. The children can now access the marking and feedback.
As a teacher, the amount of marking has not increased, although the impact has, my marking is now more affective and hopefully as a result all children in my class, regardless of ability, will be able to access it and so implement it and improve.
Overall, although quite expensive, a very good investment I would say.