Gruesome Grading

Is it the end of the year yet?

I have been feeling as if it is summer but I need a serious reality check. Really serious.

I still have 8 weeks left. Yes. 8 weeks. It sounds like such a small number doesn't it? I really think it does.

But 8 weeks is actually two months and that is certainly a long time... very long time if you have summer fever like me.

With this feeling of summerdom (the sickness I created for myself) I have no desire to grade any papers.

I have a lot of papers to grade too. It goes something like this: each day my students do a few assignments and turn them into my red tub which is where all complete assignments go.

It is not my finest procedure but it works. All papers that need to be graded are in the red tub. I say 'red tub' probably around 50 times a day... or maybe I'm over exaggerating a little but it feels like 50.

Me to class: "Person number 3 (each group has students who are numbered 1-4) please collect your tables papers and place them in the red tub."
2 minutes later: Student walking around with papers attempting to figure out where to put them
Student: Finally gives up trying to figure out where to put them and walks up to me to give me the papers (I don't look like a red tub by the way)
Me: "Red tub"
Student: "Ohhh yeahhhh!"

This conversation has probably happened over 500 times this school year. Some of them still think their assignments are supposed to go on their desk or in the mailbox but no.. they go in the red tub... like always.

I used to grade assignments right after school all bright eyed and bushy tailed (I love that saying so thought I'd add it in), recording them soon after (Ok.. I don't record everything), and send them home the next day promptly.

Oh how times have changed.

Do you ever just want to throw all your students paper in the trash? Wow, yes I just said that but really though. Like you want to ignore the worksheets or practice sheets that don't really matter since their just practice. What do you do with all these? I put stickers or stars or checks all over them then send them home.

I've heard of a folder that goes home one day a week with all of student's work from that week but I don't understand how all that work gets in the folder. Because for a teacher to sort all of the papers into student's folders sounds like a lot of work. That would give me a deadline though of sending work home.

I will say I'm loving getting into fun themes with my class lately. We have been having a blast and feeling a little more relaxed. Not enjoying that I think my students also caught my summerdom sickness!

Anyone have a cure? Or a better procedure for sending papers home/turning things in?

ps. Can't wait to see the new Grey's Anatomy episode tonight! 


  1. Hi Amber!

    I am so happy to have stumbled across your blog!

    I hate grading is the worst thing about teaching.

    My kiddos have work folders. There are 2 sides with a thumbs down for not finished and a thumbs up. This is where all practice work goes. If it is to be graded, they put it in the frog.

    Some of it has been checked by myself or by 2 friends. When it is time to empty folders they just grab their folder and empty it.

    This works for me! =)

    Be sure and add a follower button so when I visit again I can follow you. =)

    Come visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather's Heart

    1. Thanks for the comment Heather!

      Folders sound like a great idea, I was toying with an unfinished and finished work folder system for next year. I will look more into that now.

      Added the follower button to make it easier to follow, thanks for the tip :)

  2. You're not alone. I too have summer fever. I grade what I really need to, but several papers find there way to what I call "file 14", otherwise known as the trash. Most of these papers are practice sheets or things we have done in groups. I often grade too many papers, way more than I need to, but this time of year I seem to cut WAY down. We have to have 8 grades for each subject (6 daily and 2 tests). I evaluate all of their papers, and decide which 6 (or so) are the most important and grade them. Of course things like spelling tests, and math facts, I grade weekly. Good luck! Summer will be here before you know it. If you check the temperature here in Texas, you would think it was already here (80's).

    And on another note, I saw that you joined my blog and I decided to check yours out. I am your newest follower and look forward to sharing ideas!

    Patti :)
    A Series of 3rd Grade Events

    1. I feel you on the temperature! Here in Florida we skipped spring too, right to summer it is!

      Yes, yes I am one of your newest followers; your blog so, so great! I am looking at teaching 3rd grade next year so want to get some inspiration :)

      Thanks for the comment!