I have a crazy number of service obligations this semester. The good news is that I’m making a difference on my campus and in my community. The bad news is that I’m way behind on responding to student assignments. I have many papers waiting for me to assess, mark, and return to students.
I could use your advice.
There are several goals to take into account:
- Assigning a grade.
- Letting students know how they’re doing in the class.
- Providing feedback that identifies strengths and weaknesses.
- Providing feedback that will focus their efforts in future papers.
- Maintaining goodwill with students, assuring them I’m concerned about their learning.
I want to be able to accomplish all of those things, but I have so many other responsibilities pressing down on me right now–including a third-year review portfolio to create and a conference presentation to write–that it’s difficult to imagine how I’ll do these things in a timely fashion.
What would you do in such a situation?
- Would you just buckle down and grade non-stop until you were done?
- Would you focus on evaluation, assign a grade, and minimize comments, offering (or requiring) to meet 1-on-1 for discussion?
- Would you give them minimal, but directive comments and give them the chance to revise?
- Would you offer opportunities for extra credit to make up for the lack of information about student progress?
Maybe I’m overthinking this, but what would you do if you were in my situation?