Don’t Get Behind on Grading Math

grading-mathOne time back when I was still using Saxon math, I got behind on my grading. I’m usually grading math the same day it is completed, or the next day. Well, this time I had forgotten to grade my kid’s math for two weeks. Come to find out that he had been doing a certain kind of problem wrong. Not only had he gotten that kind of problem wrong for two weeks, but he had now established a habit of doing that type of problem in a certain way. I had to re-teach that type of problem, and it took two hours just to correct those problems that he had gotten wrong over those two weeks. I felt so bad, because he felt punished to have to work an extra two hours because of my failure to catch his error earlier. He didn’t blame me; he was just sad and frustrated. But I blamed myself, and I determined that I would always stay on top of my math grading from here on out.

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8 Responses to “Don’t Get Behind on Grading Math”

  1. Erin J says:

    Wow Susan you brought up some very valid points. I try my best to correct math after its been turned in so that the next day we can spend the first 10 minutes of instruction on going over corrections. The we go into new material. My oldest gets disappointed if I dont have her math checked over on time. She feels like she worked hard and I didnt care. Who knew she would feel that way. I guess for me coming from a public school environment I didnt expect for a student to want to hold a teacher accountable. I will just take it as a sign that we are doing something right in there character building.

  2. Two weeks isn’t so bad! Last year my daughter brought home a bunch of school papers several months after she did them. I had just assumed she remembered how to tell time and didn’t know she was doing so poorly on her work. I think I need to get better at testing her myself in certain areas.

    And I wanted to say thanks for taking the time to visit some of people who participated in my link up!

  3. Jenna Carodiskey-Wiebe says:

    Agreed. We’ve been using Saxon for years ( my kids would never want to switch now) but I do have to stay on top of it!

  4. samantha says:

    I have done this with a few subjects over the years. My middle son had done a social studies map wrong and used that map to answer questions in the next chapter in his workbook.

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