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Posted on March 13, 2015 2:02 am
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tubyzy
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Co-Teacher's grading
You a high school English teacher and have a co-teacher in two of your four classes. The co-teacher offers to grade the essays for both the regular and special education students in both classes so you can grade your other two classes. It's about a week later before you get the essays back and are able to record the grades and return them to students. While looking over them you notice your co-teacher was very lenient on the students and did not use the rubric that had been created. What is worse is that your students in the classes that are not co-taught are upset that their grades are so horrible in comparison--the students have obviously been talking to each other. How should you handle this situation with your co-teacher?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted March 13, 2015 4:55 pm

MateJa
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I think it would be beneficial to grade a few of the papers together to establish some common understandings. Perhaps, you could talk through one together. After that, you could each grade a few and compare the papers and results. This would take quite a bit of time up front, but it may prove to be beneficial (and may even save time) in the long run.
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Solution 2
Posted March 13, 2015 2:18 pm

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There should be a conversation between yourself and the co-teacher. It should be understood that the rubric was given so there would be consistent grading for each student. I would suggest creating rubrics in the future with the co-teacher, so he or she will know how to implement them and compose them. Many times, people are just ignorant to certain things much rather than negligent. I do feel, however, there should be two rubrics. One for regular ed students and a modified rubric for exceptional students.
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Solution 3
Posted March 13, 2015 4:00 am

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In this situation, it would have been best to discuss the grading with the co-teacher before handing them back to students and recording the grades in the grade book. If the students were expecting their essays to be graded by a rubric, it is unfair that some classes were graded this way and some were not. It sounds like it is time to have an open and honest discussion with your co-teacher about grading. This can be a time for both of you to bring up and work out any concerns that either of you have.
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Thanks for the comments.
  Posted on: March 13, 2015 1:59 pm

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Solution 4
Posted March 13, 2015 12:22 pm

RuReja
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I would have an open conversation with the co-teacher about m y expectations for the class and for the grading standards. Also, I would give the co-teacher a grading rubric, or an example paper to grade by. This would give the co-teacher the an idea of how your expectations should appear in written form.
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  Posted on: March 13, 2015 2:00 pm

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Solution 5
Posted March 14, 2015 1:02 pm

yTaSuD
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Grading should be by a rubric. You should even offer to grade a couple essays with the co-teacher to make sure there is consistency in how the papers are being graded. Just like you have to demonstrate high expectations for students, you must let your co-teacher know that you have high expectations in grading.
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Solution 6
Posted March 15, 2015 11:32 am

Katrina Hammonds
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The co-teacher may not know how to read and apply the points for the rubric,therefore, I would provide her with some training on how to understand the rubric and how to apply the points of the rubric to the students work. Having your co-teacher assist you in grading can be a huge help to you. It's just a matter of making sure that she understands how to effectively grade student work using the tools that you have opted to use.
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Solution 7
Posted March 13, 2015 12:40 pm

yqureZ
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I would talk to the co-teacher to get her explanation of how she graded and why. Then I would make sure that they understand the rubric and that the rubric helped to offer fairness to all students. Also, I'd offer to let her make the rubric next time or modify it if they felt it was lacking in certain areas.
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Solution 8
Posted March 16, 2015 3:00 am

uLubet
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When there are two teachers grading, it would be best to discuss any gray areas. The rubric should be used for the classes. If the co-teacher decided to deviate from the rubric, there should have been one modified and shown to the other teacher. The co-teacher should grade the students in special education with her rubric. If she had an issue with the one that was made, she should have made modifications and included it with her lesson plans. There at this point should not be a grade given for the essay but just feedback on errors because of the inconsistency in grading with the rubric.
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Solution 9
Posted October 19, 2015 1:11 am

uGaLaz
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Before allowing the teacher to help me, which by the way is awesome, I would make sure that we graded a few papers together, using the rubric in order to establish a baseline. I would make sure that we both understand that we have to follow the rubric to the letter. Grading essays is very subjective, so it is important to establish a fair and consistent baseline for grading.
After the fact, which is when the case occurs, I would sit down with the co-teacher and have a conversation about how I think I graded harder than her. I would make it about me, not her, and make sure that she understands how much I appreciate her help. I would point out the discrepancy in grading for next time and explain to her that the students are noticing the difference as well. I would suggest revisiting the rubric together to clear up any differences in grading that we may have and then I would offer to re-grade those tests to make sure all students received fair grades.
It's all about communication.
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Solution 10
Posted October 17, 2015 9:25 pm

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I think it would helpful to both teachers if they first read through and analyzed the rubric. When both teachers share the same understanding of the expectations, they will be more on the same page. It would also be helpful for the co-teacher if the regular-ed teacher shared student work samples for each component of the rubric, so the co-teacher has a visual of what is expected from students.

Then, the two teachers could grade the same essay together, share their feedback, and discuss the similarities and differences. Of course finally, the teachers should decide together what they are looking for and how they will grade from then on out.
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