#1MinCPD: Marking

Reading Time: 1 minute

What is 1 minute CPD?

Here at Teacher Toolkit, we strive to help teachers save time, provide them with resources and support them to be the best they can be in the classroom. 1 minute CPD is a new addition to the #TTkitCPD family!

1 minute CPD will:

  • Take you no longer than 1 minute to read!
  • Provide you with a practical tip to improve an area of your practice.
  • Be on a topic selected by our readers!

So here it is our first 1 minute CPD!

Plus, Minus, Equals

Teachers should mark students’ work in relation to a previous piece of work.

  • If the latest piece of work is the same quality as the last, give it an = (equals) sign
  • If it is better than their last piece, give it a + (plus) sign
  • If it is worse than the last piece, give it a – (minus) sign.
Why is it good strategy?
  • Students can see at a glance if they have improved, stayed the same or if their standards have dropped
  • If you do this regularly for a piece of work, it will save you time when marking
  • You can adopt the ‘live marking‘ idea in class, which means less work to take home.

Keep a tally of how many students get +, how many get – and how many get =. You can then distribute rewards and recognition appropriately without the task becoming too erroneous.

Further reading
  1. 10 Marking and Feedback Strategies
  2. 5 Minute Marking Plan
  3. 5 Tips to Eradicate the Marking Misery

Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner is TT Editor, as well as a Freelance Publisher. She has been working with @TeacherToolkit for over 6 years - since she published his first book in her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Since then, she left her day job, moved to Madrid and trained as an English teacher. She is now a key member of the TT team, continues to teach english and edit books, and also spends her time learning spanish and searching for the best tortilla de patata! You can follow her at @HollyEditTeach.

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