3 Easy Steps to Make Marking Easier in the EFL Classroom
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We all know that as a teacher our work doesn’t end in the classroom – and it doesn’t begin in the classroom either! Before we even step into the classroom we need to spend time lesson planning and finding appropriate resources to make our lessons lively and engaging. After the lesson we then need to spend time doing the relevant paperwork for record-keeping and also tackle the seemingly endless pile of marking – be it writing assignments, homework exercises or tests.
Marking can take up a lot of valuable time, but thankfully there are a few ways to make marking more manageable.
Get the students involved
Marking can be exhausting and incredibly time-consuming and most of us teachers don’t have the luxury of the extra time needed to mark everything from all of our students in all of our classes. (If you imagine you can have 30 students in a class and possibly 20 classes a week, that’s a possible 600 students’ work to mark!) So the first step is to realise that we don’t need to mark everything. Certain things can be marked by the students themselves. Homework exercises and even tests can be exchanged between partners and marked as a class. Even though this can seem like a waste of valuable class time, it can be done quickly and efficiently and it has the added advantage of allowing the teacher the opportunity to address problems that more than one student has at the same time.
Use a correction code
There are numerous correction codes available that you can use to mark your students’ work. Decide which one you are going to use and be consistent with it so your students can become familiar with it. Using a correction code will help you cut your marking time down substantially. Remember that you don’t need to provide corrections for your students’ mistakes, but rather point out where the error is and the nature of the error – your students should be able to do the correction themselves.
Do live marking
Of course, feedback is necessary for certain things and it needs to be done properly in order for it to be effective. Live marking is a technique which can be utilised in the classroom which can provide the students with the feedback they need and save you time. While your students are busy with a task (usually an extended writing task) the teacher speaks to each student individually and gives that student verbal feedback.
Providing feedback in this way is immediate and personalised. The teacher is not tempted to simply provide the correct answer to the student but instead can take some time to talk the student through their work. The student can then correct their piece of writing while they are writing it, rather than submitting a piece of work and receiving delayed feedback, which the teacher can never be sure the student has read anyway. In this way live marking has the benefit of allowing a dialogue between teacher and student and the teacher being able to pinpoint exact problems for each student.
Marking can be overwhelming for teachers and often schools will be insistent on certain marking practices which can feel aimless and frustrating. However, don’t let yourself forget that the majority of your time should be on teaching and not marking. Don’t waste all your energy on marking. Instead, use these three tips to make marking more manageable.
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In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.