5 things to remember:

1. Use the green pens

2. Should happen whenever books / work is given back (doesn’t have to be at the start of the lesson)

3. Once routine is established, students should do it automatically

4. When marking – in your comments  give your students something to do during the take-up time. It could be to improve a paragraph, re-do a question, undertake some corrections. Create a culture of expectation in the classroom – you expect the students to address and respond to your marking, they expect to do it when the books are given back.

5. Less is more – focussed, targeted marking in key areas that pupils respond to is far more effective than page after page of red ink (or which ever colour you use) that isn’t even read by students, let alone taken in, understood and acted upon.


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