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    Just Use a Letter Grade
    By CatBells

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    One tip I used this year was to stop putting a number grade on each paper. Instead assign it a letter grade. It really does make grading faster. It's also much faster to enter into our gradebook program.

    I grade a fourth of my students's journals each day Monday through Thursday. It's much easier to make a comment on a few journals than a whole stack. At the beginning of the year we glue a copy of the journal rubric to the inside front cover of the journal. Then I can quickly jot the points for each area on the page I'm grading.

    I do try to grade as many papers as I can at school, but some weeks there are just too many meetings. I think it's better to stay late one day and grade through the stack than to carry it all home for the weekend. This job could take over your life!

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