How to mark a student’s paper: Benefiting the child? – Part 2
Posted on: December 30, 2016. Comments ( 6 )

Author: Mrs. Radhika Mohan, Educational Consultant

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Corrections in spellings happen only through frequent writing exercises. We have to use our own discretion while marking spellings depending on the individual child’s learning ability, his/her age group and how much the child can manage, given his/her capable limits.

One is not expected to connect every error in every book. Using our own judgment and observation of every individual child is important. If a child has made very few errors in a page, I usually mark them all. In the books of an average child, I usually mark several of the most obvious ones on each page.

Once a writing lesson is over, teachers may ask them to compare notes, confer with each other in pairs, and look at each other’s work to find their own and each other’s mistakes.

Most importantly, my students were always eager to look at the comments I wrote for each unit they attempted. I would supply a list of various comments that could be given to students for various levels of performance to my teachers. They would pick out appropriately and use it while they marked papers. My comments always focused on positivity. It would even encourage the slow ones. For example: “I liked your points as they were very creative, your choice of vocabulary interesting, but try to keep a sharp eye on presentation as well. “Instead of just saying, “Dirty work” or “Handwriting is awful”, it would certainly be worth our while to help our students correct their weaknesses, without making them feel bad about themselves.

One of our art masters was also running an offset printing enterprise so we used to ask him to get us colorful stickers and stompers with words like ‘excellent’, ‘terrific’, ‘super work’, ‘good try’, ‘well done’ and so on.

These aids saved us time and even upper primary kids loved them. For pupils of Tamil and Hindi as second languages, we ordered special stickers and worded the same comments in those languages. It used to be real fun. Marking one another’s notebooks is an age old practice. Why, my teachers used to employ this method in my classes. Five minutes of class time can save an hour of the teacher’s time. Of course, the teacher has to have an alert strategy up her sleeve to catch those of whom might indulge in cheating or playing foul trucks while marking theirs or someone else’s papers. Also, teachers have to have a quick glance before they sign the pupil’s completed work and point out mistakes, if any, overlooked by the marking pupil.

Furthermore, teachers could save time by encouraging students to use a book-marker so that the page to be corrected is promptly there, right in front of the teacher. He/she saves precious time leafing through to get to the right page.

A teacher should choose the most appropriate time of the day to mark his/her pupil’s work. Some commute to work by bus or train. This time can be used to mark her pupil’s work. Some find school the place of least distraction so they stay back after school or come earlier in the morning to finish marking in quietitude. Some may have young kids of their own. These teachers could leave early, go home, spend quality time with her kids and then set down to mark her pupil’s notebooks when her little ones are in bed.

Thus, marking could turn out to be a highly productive activity for the teacher in terms of making leaning more meaningful to her pupils.

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Comments (6)


    Shailesh says:

    Very Good Tips – Thanks for sharing

    Prakash says:

    useful article. my child is in 1st standard still this article has given tips for me , how I go about while helping her in studies

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    Shaila says:

    Dear Madam,

    I loved the article and had passed on to my children and there friends



    Sanika says:


    Prabakar says:

    Excellent article -useful for Children! Thanks maam!

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