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Managing: How to manage the correction of writing in large classes

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Working in low-resource contexts in classrooms of 200+ students, two teachers share other teachers’ ideas about how to manage the correction of student writing.

In this video, Fehmina Qaiser from Pakistan and Mohammed Rejaul Karim from Bangladesh address the heavy marking load that teachers with very large classes have to deal with.

Whole-class checking using the board – a technique that many teachers are familiar with – is one way to deal with simple activities, but more complex writing tasks are not as easy to correct and demand much more of a teacher’s time. How is it possible to correct such a huge volume of scripts? They suggest that by managing classroom time, involving students in the process, deciding what’s important, and even not correcting every single script, there is a way to lighten the load and save the busy teacher’s time.

Reflection and discussion

One of the purposes of these resources is to help you with your own teacher development in related contexts. The questions in task 1 and task 2 are designed for you to think about and discuss with colleagues, either informally or as part of your formal professional development.

Have you tried any of these techniques with your students? If yes, were they successful? If no, which one(s) would you like to try?