1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Book marking

Discussion in 'Science' started by ScienceGTP, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Hello all!
    I am trying to make my life easier in terms of marking books. After Christmas I start at a new school.
    I have come up with a list of things I find myself writing a lot. Instead of writing these comments time and again I will get pupils to stick a table into their book and I will just write the number at the bottom of a piece of work. Please can you take a look at the list and see if there is anything obvious I have missed. What comments do you find yourself writing all the time?
    <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" class="MsoTableGrid" style="border-collapse:collapse;border:medium none;"><tr><td style="padding-right:5.4pt;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;background-color:transparent;border:windowtext 1pt solid;">1
    </td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Unfinished work!</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">2</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Please put a date on all class work.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">3</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Please underline all titles and headings with a ruler.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">4</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your work would benefit from improved presentation.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">5</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Remember to write in sentences.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">6</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Remember to show your working out as well as your answers.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">7</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Remember to check and take care with your spellings.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">8</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Remember to read through your work to check it makes sense.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">9</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Number the answers to your questions clearly.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">10 </td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your table needs units in the column headings.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">11</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Ensure you use a pencil and ruler when drawing diagrams.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">12</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Ensure your diagram is labelled correctly.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">13</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your graph is missing the following: line of best fit.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">14</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your graph is missing the following: correctly labelled axis.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">15</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your graph is missing the following: a suitable title.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">16</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your graph is missing the following: all points and lines drawn with a pencil.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">17</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: a hypothesis.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">18</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: a method.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">19</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: a diagram.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">20</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: a table of results.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">21</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: an appropriate graph.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">22</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: a conclusion.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">23</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: an evaluation.</td></tr></table>I would also appreciate any comments on how to become a more efficient 'marker' and I would like to know how much time people spend marking. How often do you mark your books?
    Kind regards
    Carrie Ann
     
  2. Hello all!
    I am trying to make my life easier in terms of marking books. After Christmas I start at a new school.
    I have come up with a list of things I find myself writing a lot. Instead of writing these comments time and again I will get pupils to stick a table into their book and I will just write the number at the bottom of a piece of work. Please can you take a look at the list and see if there is anything obvious I have missed. What comments do you find yourself writing all the time?
    <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" class="MsoTableGrid" style="border-collapse:collapse;border:medium none;"><tr><td style="padding-right:5.4pt;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;background-color:transparent;border:windowtext 1pt solid;">1
    </td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Unfinished work!</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">2</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Please put a date on all class work.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">3</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Please underline all titles and headings with a ruler.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">4</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your work would benefit from improved presentation.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">5</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Remember to write in sentences.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">6</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Remember to show your working out as well as your answers.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">7</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Remember to check and take care with your spellings.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">8</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Remember to read through your work to check it makes sense.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">9</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Number the answers to your questions clearly.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">10 </td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your table needs units in the column headings.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">11</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Ensure you use a pencil and ruler when drawing diagrams.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">12</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Ensure your diagram is labelled correctly.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">13</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your graph is missing the following: line of best fit.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">14</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your graph is missing the following: correctly labelled axis.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">15</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your graph is missing the following: a suitable title.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">16</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your graph is missing the following: all points and lines drawn with a pencil.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">17</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: a hypothesis.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">18</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: a method.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">19</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: a diagram.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">20</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: a table of results.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">21</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: an appropriate graph.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">22</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: a conclusion.</td></tr><tr><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:windowtext 1pt solid;width:33.75pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">23</td><td style="border-right:windowtext 1pt solid;padding-right:5.4pt;border-top:#ece9d8;padding-left:5.4pt;padding-bottom:0cm;border-left:#ece9d8;width:428.35pt;padding-top:0cm;border-bottom:windowtext 1pt solid;background-color:transparent;">Your scientific investigation is missing the following: an evaluation.</td></tr></table>I would also appreciate any comments on how to become a more efficient 'marker' and I would like to know how much time people spend marking. How often do you mark your books?
    Kind regards
    Carrie Ann
     
  3. Have you looked at your post? All I could see was blank boxes UNTIL I went to reply [​IMG]
    I tried something similar several years ago, but subdivided the comments into F1-F5 (format - date, underline etc), G1-G5 (relating to graphs) etc, etc. That helped me to remember what each code stood for. I restricted myself to 1 comment per catagory (max) and 3 comments (max). Pupils had to write out the statement to show they had "read" my mark. I kept a record of which "grades" I'd used by marking them on a spreadsheet, so I could make appropriate comments on reports/at parents evenings.
    Fortunately, I retired 3y ago, but for 5y prior to that (at least) we used words like Plan and Analysis rather than hypothesis or conclusion. Perhaps things have reverted in my absence. [​IMG]
     
  4. I think your comments are good, but what about positive comments too? I try and have at least one positive comment to every 2 negative comments.

    We mark 'basically' every 2 weeks, but proper comment lead levelled marking of the books once a month ish. Our marking grid is basic. It;s half an A5 sheet, with 'current level/grade' 'target level/grade' at the top, under that 'teacher comment'
    under that 'your comment' and under that 'what are you going to do to reach your target'. We ask them to look at the comments then give them 5 mins to fill in the rest. It's surprising how much they take notice of the grid - we print it on yellow, so there's no missing it!
     
  5. I like the idea but how does this work when you have to mark diagnostically? Is this for primary school or Seconday school
     
  6. Hello...yes I noticed my post was difficult to see but I couldn't change the table and noticed that people could see it in the reply. It has probably put some people off replying!

    I like the idea of categories, so I may change my numbering system and yes I agree I wouldn't go mad listing too many things....I think 3 is plenty! I will check the wording for my statements, but certainly at GCSE they have yo use the words hypothesis and conclusion, but I will double check this!
     
  7. Mathsteach2

    Mathsteach2 Occasional commenter

    Since science is a fully practical subject in the classroom or, better still, in a school science laboratory, all note-work during practical lessons, demonstrations, small group discussions and even during old-fashioned Q&A sessions (albeit made 'respectable' with IWB and Powerpoint) will be entirely rough (Nuffield style), of the students' own making, and does not require formal marking or assessment. No time nowadays should ever be spent during lessons where the children are only writing and drawing pretty diagrams (semi) neatly in science exercise books.

    If students require revision notes, there are now many excellent published resources and websites, or the teacher can produce their own and photocopy, as I did but not to be recommended, as the time is better spent preparing the practicals.

    Writing (semi) neat notes is not science, unless they are investigating the relative performances of types of pens and paper, or they (the students, not the teachers) are investigating the different abilities or speeds of students to write coherently.

    This leaves homework assignments and tests, which may be of the written form. (Not necessarily so, practical tests are very useful, and, incidently, motivational.)

    The only homework assignment or answer to a test question which would require the sort of marking suggested by this scheme would be of the essay type. An account of an experiment performed, or a discussion of some scientific principle or controversy. This type of question need not be set often (once per month?), therefore marking in science can be reduced to a minimum.

    Of course, there will be made available plenty of opportunities in homework and tests to practice answering the sort of questions which they might meet in formal examinations. But marking schemes for these are also available, and these schemes will be explained to candidates during their practice, again eliminating the need for any sort of schemata as outlined in the OP.

    I often compare science to art and craft. If a student creates a carving or a painting, do they spend inordinate time writing about it!? They have ownership of their work, just as they should have ownership of their experiments in science.
     
  8. Mathsteach2

    Mathsteach2 Occasional commenter

    My last para needs an addendum. In art, communication is not necessarily through the written word (literature an obvious exception) and in science our need to communicate our activities and findings is vital, of course.

    This will be primarily through writing (in preparation for a career in science), but oral presentations, displays, and science fairs are also very valuable, and can be assessed, if required. However, in school science, there are no reasons whatsoever for prioritising the solely written form, especially if the students' skills in this form are not of a very high standard.
     
  9. joedoggyuk

    joedoggyuk New commenter

    Since when?
    You over rate how much is learnt through experiments. They can be good, but science isn't just about experimentation, you have to learn and understand some knowledge too. That needs questions answered-- in books.
     
  10. Mathsteach2

    Mathsteach2 Occasional commenter

    Ever since 1966 for me, joedoggyuk, when I began teaching with the original "O" level Nuffield schemes and never faltered until I retired (40 years later). Every one of my lessons was always fully practical, even the single ones (40 minutes). Answering questions in exercise books was, for me, done outside of timetabled science lessons.

    Currently the ASE are promoting practical science and field-work, and there have recently been recommendations given to a House of Commons Sub-Committee, where the reasons for science teachers not doing practical work have been examined. Scotland has enjoyed half-classes for science for many years to encourage practical work, as with the traditional art and craft subjects in the UK (where half-classes for these subjects were established in the 1930s, I think).

    Strictly though, this is a subject for a separate thread, I think, and has occurred here in the past, and the ASE (Association for Science Education - the professional body for science teachers in the UK) remains very open to informed discussion.
     
  11. Try to invest more time marking in the lessons. I train students to peer and self assess the work using a different coloured pen to the one I use based on clear success criteria. I find this is much more useful than taking a huge pile of books home and spending 3 hours writing comments that students will rarely acknowledge. Try to get in the habit of having a pen in your hand as you walk around the classroom and help the students so you can mark simple errors as you go. Get the students into the habit of replying to your written feedback so it becomes a dialogue between student and teacher. You can aid this by putting in a box below your comment (or question) using a highlighter for the students to reply to you so they know they have to put a comment.
     
  12. A colleague of mine bought a stamp and he stamped their work and circled an effort grade.

    I wouldn't restrict yourself like this until you know what the school policies are.

    Lastly do as much marking as you can in class when you are talking to students. use stickers and when you see a finished piece of work give out a star sticker.
     
  13. Mathsteach2

    Mathsteach2 Occasional commenter

    I must agree with everything said in the last two posts, (10 and 11) especially that the marking of notes made during practical lessons can, and should, be done during the lesson. I really liked the idea of a stamp, I wish I had thought of that!

    Mistakes can be corrected with the student present and involved, and advice given how to proceed. All in rough for me, although I used a red pen to see clearly which were my bits and which belonged to the student. I signed off and moved to the next student(s), perhaps not getting back to each of them for a couple of weeks, unless, of course, they came to me for help, or I went to them because they were obviously having difficulties.

    In practical science we were all on our feet all of the time, with free movement around the laboratory and, for me, out-of-doors, students included - secondary, Y7 to Y11, just as in a well-run open-plan infant school. Movement need not be restricted as the children get older!!
     

Share This Page