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Marking hell!

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by CharlotteD9, May 21, 2017.

  1. CharlotteD9

    CharlotteD9 New commenter

    So here I am again, Sunday night, gone 10pm and the other half has already gone to bed. I'm sat here marking year 9 test papers. My own fault, should have done them earlier instead of playing with my son, or doing the gardening, or cooking...
    I'm starting to get really envious of my partner. They never bring work home, work less hours than me by a long shot if totalled up and brings home the same wage. I've even dropped to 4 days a week and still not keeping up. I want to come home with no work, but how can I mark everything, and plan everything in 2 hours a day?
    This is my sixth year of teaching, I love it but I'm starting to resent it.
    Any hints or tips appreciated!
    blueskydreaming likes this.
  2. secretsiren

    secretsiren Star commenter

    I have none.
    Marking is the biggest annoyance in my life right now. It's never done. It's every night including weekends. It's like a giant hideous triffid taking over my life one 'sentance' (aargh) at a time.
    Still, it's good to know that the kids never read a single flipping comment we make and don't really care what we mark!
    sabrinakat and blueskydreaming like this.
  3. rorydepp

    rorydepp New commenter

    Never bring work home, as work never ends and it never will end. Either come in earlier or leaver slightly later and then don't think about the damn school until the next day.
    maccapacca21 and tosh740 like this.
  4. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    Hello, English teacher here. I have 122 students in KS3 who have just done end of year exams - both reading and writing. If it takes me 10 mins per student to mark both exams and fill in the cover sheets for both exams I will need 20 hours to mark them all. I have this week, next week (half term), and the week after, then the grades have to be on the system. I don't have 20 hours of frees between now and then, so how do I not take work home?

    It's been the same all year too - 2 Y8 classes will have their half termly assessment one week, then 2 Y7 classes the next week, as well as Y9, and all have to be marked within 2 weeks.
  5. Alldone

    Alldone Senior commenter

    English teachers have the largest marking load by far, especially in the State sector where classes are larger. When we had KS3 exams we had a week where we covered one set of year 9 for all their exams. There was ample time to mark all my Chemistry and Physics exams during this time at school.
    jarndyce likes this.
  6. isotonic

    isotonic Occasional commenter

    Welcome to the world of British schooling - we have probably one of the most marking to do in comparison to many other countries. I quit my previous job due to the workload which cut out my social life and made every evening a nitemare. I think on average I used to spend 2hrs+ from 9pm onwards marking - it was very stressful and made me snappy at home and left me with little time to just unwind and relax

    I would recommend either speaking to your HOD about the workload or think either about changing schools or even subjects!
  7. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    When I was at school, there was an exam week twice a year, and the following week we were expected to have a suitable book with us at all times, to read if our teacher for that lesson hadn't yet finished their marking. I suppose nowadays somebody would complain (and imagine if Ofsted turned up that week...)
    strawbs likes this.
  8. ThereAreBunniesInMyHead

    ThereAreBunniesInMyHead Occasional commenter

    Since having kids I have started getting in to work about 45 minutes early (as they wake me up early anyway!) so I can do some marking before the school day starts. I stay after school for about 1.5 hours to do more marking. I mark in lunch and in my free periods.

    I also teach a couple of random Y7 classes in another subject (not my specialism) and funnily enough always find a relevant film I can put on for them in their lessons with me that matches with the topic they are doing, so I mark in those lessons too. This means I have been able, for the most part, to not take marking home with me. \

    However there are times when this can't be helped. Like when they schedule the mock exam for my subject for the day before the Christmas holidays, and insist that the mock exam grades be inputted into the data spreadsheets for reports 3 days after we return in January. I simply can't mark 85 x essay based exam papers in those 3 days so I HAVE to mark over Christmas and when I brought it up in a meeting about how it would be helpful if we could reschedule the grade gather I was just told "we can't." so I ended up marking on bloody christmas day whilst my kids were watching a film!

    Marking is one of the reasons why I am looking for non teaching jobs at the moment. I would love to not have that guilt hanging over me on weekends and holidays. I want to play with my kids without thinking that I need to stop to mark essays in a minute.
    geordiepetal likes this.
  9. isotonic

    isotonic Occasional commenter

    Before quitting the profession have you considered changing schools? I found that schools that are under scrutiny and not doing as well often have the most workload whereas the more affluent and successful schools tend to be more relaxed - also have you considered changing subject - e.g. an English teachers marking would require more time and attention than say Mathematics which usually is either correct or incorrect plus something you could easily get a family member to mark!

    Lastly think about teaching overseas in a country where marking and paperwork is not as gruesome.

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