Podcast 30: How Common is Over-Marking?

Joshua McGovernJoshua McGovern has been working with Teacher Toolkit since March 2018. He is responsible for our Soundcloud and iTunes channels and is the production manager for podcasts. He has a degree in Music Production and is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University. Aside from working… Read more about Joshua McGovernHow common is ‘over-marking’ for teachers?Our 18th interview for the 100 Women Series is with Lola Ogutuga, a secondary school English and performing arts teacher.Podcast SummaryIn this episode, you can hear Lola and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill:explore what great teaching was to Lola as a student and is now as a teacherthe importance of building relationshipsexplains her largest burden as a teacherdefine what Lola’s current priorities are around her career and whydiscuss what books and audiobooks they are both about to begin.Listen (10 Minutes) https://www.teachertoolkit.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Podcast-30-Lola-Ogutuga.mp3Reduce marking workloadIn a follow-up conversation with Lola we asked: You mention in the podcast you struggle with over-marking. Is there a strategy or marking approach you’ve tried out or implemented to help reduce your marking workload?“I have used many strategies to try to decrease the time I spend marking books but in English, it sometimes seems like the marking of essays or creative pieces is never-ending. Two techniques that have really worked for me is live marking because it reduces the number of books I am marking and gives me a clearer idea of where students are in their learning in the lesson.Additionally, yellow box marking, which is an idea I came across in Ross McGill’s book Mark. Plan. Teach. The concept of focusing my comments and feedback on one area of a student’s work is something I had never thought of. I used to think I had to mark everything and for a long time, I did. No one ever corrected me and soon it became an expectation I felt I had to meet. Yellow box marking has assisted me in providing clearer and more concise feedback to my students because I am zooming in on one area. This has reduced the time I spend marking and contributed to more effective responses from my students.”You can find out more about Lola and follow her on Twitter.Related

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