How to escape grading jail: strategies to better manage the workflow

Kevin Gannon shares three strategies which are most helpful in the continuing quest to better manage the grading workflow and stay out of the end of semester ‘Grading Jail’.

For the first 18 years of my academic career, I ran into the same problem every semester. It happened at about the 13-week mark: I would share a tearful farewell with my family and begin serving my sentence in Grading Jail. In that moment, I would look back on a career of repeat offenses against efficient and timely grading of student work, and see clearly that I had no one to blame but myself. I was a hopeless recidivist.