Before I share what I tried last week, I need to give you an update.
1st: We heard from Mc Donald's and we are receiving a check for $505 for Mc Teacher Night. That was for 3 HOURS of hanging out there!!! I say that is a success. We still have two grade levels participating in this, trust me, if you didn't think it was worth it, it IS!!!! Read about Mc Teacher Night here.
2nd: I wanted to include all the teachers in our jerseys from last week, and my principal sent these today!
And now my Tried it Tuesday! (on Wednesday)
I spoke a little on this on Friday's post. Last week was the end of our second grading period. I had to take two grades and I just couldn't get it done for 128 students. So, I took the advice of several other bloggers and I had my students grade.
First, they had to grade a classmates assignment. I had five students at a time grade five other students paper. The only down side was having one key for them to share. They did have to work together, but it would have been easier with several keys.
They were tough on the grading. Since we are in measurement, I am always on them about including the unit of measurement, adding the "square" for square units and the "cube" for volume. I take points off normally when they don't include it. They kept asking, "Is it wrong if it isn't labeled?" or "What if they wrote g for gallon and it was supposed to be p for pints." I love that they were paying attention, but they were nit picking. Am I that way? I also thought it comical when they got their papers back how they "checked" their papers and if there was the slightest mistake, they told me. I will definitely do this again.
Second, students had to grade their own work. They had been assigned a study guide on Monday and it was due Thursday. They had a test on Friday. We had a lot to do so, I posted the "key" around the room and they had to check their work.
They then had to come and tell me how m any they got wrong and I told them their grade. I know, you are thinking, they all got 100's right? Nope. They were so honest!
I had a few that I know weren't. I just said, "A 100, really? That is great, I can't wait to celebrate your 100 on the test tomorrow." Then, I gave my best teacher look and they knew!
I also will do this again.