Too much grading? One cool trick!

by Kristie Burk

It’s the age-old problem for teachers – you don’t want to grade EVERYTHING that you assign, but your students won’t do the assignments unless they’re “worth” something.

So, what is a teacher supposed to do!?

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Monique Wood, blended French teacher at Downingtown East High School, has a fantastic suggestion.  She gives her students several assignments during the course of a week, but she doesn’t tell them which ones will be graded.  At the end of the week – surprise! – the students find out.
This little trick is quite easy to do if you’re using Schoology.  You can create assignments, including tests and quizzes, and keep the category “ungraded.”  Then, you can just change the category later for the assignments that you want to count!
Even if you don’t use Schoology with your students, you can still use this little trick. Isn’t it brilliant?  Do you have a great tip to help your fellow educators with grading?  Let us know at

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