Since I published “Stop Taking Grading Home,” I’ve had a ton of teachers ask me how I am able to give feedback on Google Docs so quickly. I give real-time feedback to ~8 students in a 25-minute station.
It definitely helps that I am a skilled typist. I also keep the scope of my feedback narrow, so I am not trying to correct everything in one real-time editing station. In a single real-time editing session I might focus on their thesis statements, topic sentences, analysis, or citations. It depends on the day and where we are in our work, but I don’t try to provide feedback on the entire paper all at once.
The real secret to my success is in creating shortcuts right in my Google Documents. Here’s how…
I hope this tip helps other teachers provide feedback on student writing more efficiently!
If you have a strategy you use to provide feedback or assess student work, please share it!