Streamlining assignment management is an end goal for any teacher, however some find it easier than others.
So, for those who don’t find it such a simple task, here are a few suggestions for managing assignments effectively.
1. Harness technology
EDLounge features comprehensive assignment management (you can find out more about the features of our platform here), however if your school does not have a subscription, there are a number of apps that can help you manage assignments in your setting.
Some of the most popular include:
- Google Classroom – distribute and grade assignments from the same, cloud powered platform.
- iStudiez Pro – features assignment prioritisation, notifications of due assignments and assignment tracking for parents. So, no more ‘dog ate my assignment’ excuses.
- myHomework – provides you with assignment tracking and management, and even highlights assignments that are late.
2. Managing assignments in the classroom
Instead of asking students to hand in their assignments at the end of the lesson, ask for their work as they arrive.
Collecting assignments as soon as your pupils arrive can help you spend less time double-checking your pile of papers for missing assignments, and there’s no need to chase up students who have avoided handing in work without you noticing.
3. “Will anyone not be handing in their assignment?”
Before your pupils leave for the day, and with the assignment due the next day, confirm that your pupils have all that they need to complete their work.
Field any questions that are raised and then ask “will anyone not be handing in their assignment?” This simple question encourages responsibility and reduces the chance of deadline-day excuses.
Make sure that every student, in turn, states their willingness to hand in their assignment on time. If any students admit that they will not be able to meet the deadline, talk to them individually asking for their reasons and to arrange a new deadline, if necessary.
4. Consider switching to peer reviewed marking
Peer reviewed marking isn’t only a time saver when done correctly, it can also help reinforce what has been learnt whilst granting students responsibility.
Further advantages include improvement in students’ judgement skills and the reduction of so-called ‘free riders’ – students who piggyback on the performance and work of fellow pupils.
5. Make the most of your marking time
You could also benefit from a boost in your own productivity levels when it’s time to focus on marking.
Marking assignments is a task that requires a high level of concentration and, if you feel that it is a chore, it can be difficult to maintain that level of concentration.
If you find that you are easily distracted when marking, have a look at another of our blog posts – 5 simple strategies…to combat procrastination – for advice on how to focus and avoid distractions.