Teachers Must Carve Out Time for Grading

Teacher grades at desk Mr. Paul Orchard, veteran history teacher, grades papers at his desk. He often stays at school late in the evening to grade assignments and prepare lessons. By Wilson Thomas Eagle’s Eye Online


Teachers give us homework and tests all the time.  But then, after we turn it in the teachers have to grade it.

Mrs. Holly Hopkins, a history, geography and economics teacher, said that she does all of her grading by herself because it makes her feel uncomfortable when other people grade her assignments.  She also always makes it to where she has time in her day to grade assignments. She stated that she also grades at home.  

Another history teacher is Mr. Paul Orchard, who said grading has not changed over the years for him. Grading for him gets a little hard for short answer and his “reaction sheets.” He has a teacher’s assistant grade matching or simple quizzes for him.

Orchard also prefers to grade at the school because he has many things to do at home that can be distracting and he is more focused here at school. Some nights he stays till 6:30 p.m. or goes home and comes back at 10 p.m. and stays till 1 a.m. He does this since when he is here there is nothing to do but get work done.

Mr. Andrew Richardson, English teacher,  arrives to Delta around 7:45 a.m. and stays till 5 p.m. at the latest. He usually leaves earlier and drives home with his kids, who attend Delta Middle School and Delta High School.

He does have some teacher’s aides who help him grade his Greek and Latin study guides, which are for completion. Also he has his T.A.’s grade his quizzes, which are multiple choice. Richardson finds that he can grade an assignment faster now then he did in the past.