The Ten Warning Signs |
That Your Grading
Is Not Student-Oriented
- Students complain that they do not understand how the grade was arrived at, even though you have provided clear criteria and ample written feedback.
- Students complain that spelling and grammar should not figure so heavily in their grade, when in fact you have not based their grade on spelling or grammar.
- Students complain that your comments directly contradict advice they have received from other instructors.
- Students glance at the grade you have given them, then immediately toss the paper aside without reading any of your painstakingly detailed feedback.
- Instead of approaching you about how they can improve, the weakest students drop your course after receiving their first assignment back.
- Students seek help in improving their grade, or resubmit assignments, but do not seem to have incorporated any of the feedback you provided on earlier assignments or drafts.
- Students continually demand to know what the "correct" answer is on each issue discussed, and refuse to believe that you will accept any well supported answer.
- You find yourself tending to provide more detailed feedback to weak students than to "A" students, and to make more negative comments on a paper than positive comments.
- Some students do not seem to have the vaguest idea how to approach the assignment.
- You find marking takes you longer and seems a more onerous task than for your colleagues.