Several months ago, I had a revelation about what constitutes good feedback, and I’d discovered one way of efficiently providing that feedback to my students. I feel an almost toddler-like petulance towards excessive writing by hand. I’ve tried forcing myself through it, because my students deserve to have such feedback, but it just wasn’t working. Instead of continuing to punch a brick wall and whining that my hand hurt, I’ve found different methods to achieving the same goal that are tidy and efficient to go along with printing on Post-it Notes.
All of my assessments this year will be written on this template:
So, I fill-in-the-blank above the DO NOT WRITE line with the 2-3 questions assessing whatever learning goal I’ve chosen to assess, and print it off for my students. Here’s an example one, with some stuff blurred out as I plan on using something like it in my classes:
Once students turn it in to me and I begin grading, I open up this template on my laptop:
…and I start writing feedback inside the feedback box! When I’m done with that class period’s papers, I simply take the student papers, insert them into my printer, and print (taking care to keep them in the same order that I graded them in). Viola! What I’ve typed is printed below the DO NOT WRITE line on the student paper. They get thorough feedback, and I’m not cursing at the antiquity of writing by hand. Everybody wins!
Here are the two files I’ve made for this process. Feel free to use, modify, and share as you please!