Speed Up Grading with Rubric Codes

Do you have a mountain of student writing to grade? A pile of extended responses that have been sitting in your passenger seat for a week? Do you wish you had more time to give students better feedback?

This video shows you how to use rubric codes — a different way to grade student writing that keeps the feedback but cuts way down on the time. If you’re getting way behind on your grading, this may be just what you need.




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Jennifer Gonzalez

Former middle-school language arts teacher and college-level teacher of teachers. NBCT. Mother of 3. All of these experiences have brought me to where I am now: Devoted full-time to helping teachers do their work better.


  1. This is VERY useful! I sent the link to my supervisor and posting to my edmodo teacher group. Thank you! This is SO helpful @ midterm time in ELA world…

  2. I’m so glad to hear it! Let me know if you guys end up making any tweaks or learning any tips through trial and error, and whether it makes a difference in time! I tried to emphasize this in the video, but I think the whole-class reflection time after papers are returned is really key. Anyway, update us later, okay?

  3. OK…this makes sense. What I usually do is go through the drafts with the personalized detailed feedback. Then when the final draft is done, then I just check of the score using the rubric. Students still want more feedback so I can use the rubric codes for the final draft and they can track it.

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