By the end of the year, entering grades is an exhausting and daunting process, considering I’ve done it so many times before in the school year. Nevertheless, it must be done. My goal is to have grades entered 2 weeks before they are even due this year. (Assuming the projects are done enough to collect accurate data). This way, my efforts at the end of the year can focus more on the physical environment of the room, instead of sitting at a computer and entering grades.
I also enter my grades at home. Although I try really hard to have work-life- balance (and with baby coming, I will need to establish this even more) but grades are something I can do at home, so when I am at school, I can put things away, organize my room and order supplies. Working smarter!
Take it in baby steps. The second you have something graded, keep a spreadsheet/ tally sheet so you know what you have done and what you have left to do. This helps me to prioritize what is left on my list. Once an entire grade level is graded and done, I can enter it and check it off the list. Sometimes I sit down and enter all of my grades at once, (one and done), but taking it in baby steps and doing it early really helps with that end of the year rush this time of year.
I know it sounds simple, but sometimes making an effort to get ahead of the game makes all the difference.
Any tricks out there for getting ahead on grades or anything else when you feel behind?