#MLTChat – marking

Marking MLTChat


1)     Marking for improvment

2)     Literacy marking


Marking for progress

1)     Set specific targets – most favour a question to instigate a response

2)     Build in DIRT time / reflection time to every lesson.

3)     Avoid using grades – focus on skill development

4)     Two stars and a wish

5)     STAR marking – stars and a wish, green highlight on work for students to explain what is good about the work, pink highlight for students to suggest how to improve, SPAG, overall reflection / poss re-write


Top tips

1)     Mark every lesson.  Not only does this reduce volumes of marking but it also offers students instantaneous feedback which they can then immediately respond to – demonstrating progress.

2)     Cloud marking in the lesson.  Circle in pink something that needs improving within the lesson.  Students respond within the cloud to demonstrate improvements.


3)     Get students to highlight where they feel they have met success criteria and annotate in margin.  Speeds up the process.

4)     Get students to construct their own WWW  / EBI or two stars and a wish using the success criteria.  Teacher to check that there is agreement.

5)     Students select the pieces they absolutely want marked

6)     Use stampers to help speed of marking – www.superstickers.co.uk



7)     Verbal feedback stampers – students respond with how they have improved work as a result of verbal feedback

8)     Key statements / success criteria stuck into front of books – students / teachers refer to those when marking using codes.

Marking codes in front of book

Marking for literacy

1)     Use marking codes

Literacy poster


I saw another excellent alternative on Twitter yesterday:

marking code

2)     Spelling sheet – demonstrating a response to literacy marking



1)     Model good peer marking.

2)     Use visualisers or camera to photograph students’ excellent work and share with the class as exemplar materials or use a piece of work and ask the class to feed-back targets.

3) Check students peer marking.  I use the following sheet:

Selfassessment sheet


Marking moderation

1)     Online tracker / template – staff RAG faculties marking systems, recording marking quality and accuracy

2)     Staff discussion about strategies employed in a meeting

3)     Work sampling


I have added some photos from the discussion, please tweet me if you have further examples you would like to add or any other strategies I have missed off.  Time flies on #MLTChat




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