Any English teacher knows that grading essays is time-consuming, mentally exhausting, and frustrating. It also takes up your home life time...what little of that you have...because you have to take the essays home to grade because there's no way you can do it at school AND grade the homework too!
I don't have a solution, but I have a different approach. A few months ago at a department meeting, we were talking about grading and how feedback is important, etc. I don't remember who brought up the idea or if they had done it, but the great idea of live feedback entered the discussion.
The only way this will work though, is if you can trust your students to do independent work for a whole week. I had rearranged by units this year, and somehow ended up with an extra week...still don't understand. So this provided the perfect opportunity to do live grading, and still have the grades turned in in time for the grading period [Quarter 1 ends next week].
So while I am pulling students over one at a time and grading their essay in front of them, the kids are analyzing articles using a worksheet I adapted regarding the Four Fundamental Ways We Relate to Text. The texts I am having them analyze are from the Common Core Appendix B exemplars.
Here's the worksheet...it's double sided.
The live grading has gone surprisingly VERY well. The kids are seeing what it's like for me to grade their essays and see EVERY little mistake they make. I've had so many kids notice the errors before I mark them...it's awesome! This is also a plus for me because they can't just look at the grade and be upset--they logically understand their grade. I've had no complaints, no arguments about the grade, and kids have been telling me it's "really cool" and "really helpful".
Unfortunately, I don't have time to do this with their next essay, but I think doing it with this first one will help make sure their next paper is done correctly. They were engaged in the grading process and I truly believe this will transfer over to their next writing assignment.
Hope this helps everyone! Have a great weekend!