Well, after a couple months of doing it this way, I had enough. It actually completely stressed me out. I hated those days and my students weren't getting feedback in a timely manner. How are they supposed to improve when they don't know specifically how they're doing?
After a little brainstorming, I started this process:
- Create a student packet for all the assignments from the previous week.
- Paperclip the papers together.
- Go around the room once (which isn't a big deal because I'm constantly moving anyway).
- Once all packets are distributed, make a second lap to answer any questions students might have.
I typically do this on Article of the Week days, when students are annotating or working in partners. I don't have to plan anything differently than I already do AND it keeps up a routine that they're used to, so I don't have to constantly redirect of repeat instructions.
These are the results:
- Students go through the packet, piece by piece.
- When I go around the room a second time, they have all their questions organized, so I'm not running around.
- Those students whose confidence plummeted at the sight of a not-so-good mark can build back up with a good grade/comment on something else. I don't have to deal with bruised egos as much and I can focus on actual productive questions that will help my students in the long run.
I was concerned at the beginning that sorting the papers and creating these packets was going to take way too much time. However, I've found that in less than a plan period, I can get all 5 of my classes sorted, clipped, and ready for distribution. I typically do this the day before, so I can just grab a stack and go!
Extra Perk: I'm forced with this routine to keep up with my grading, so it doesn't stack up and stress me out when final grades are due!