3 Common Myths about Grading, Busted.

Based on the number of pageviews it's gotten, my previous post on 25 tips to make grading suck less has clearly struck a nerve. After all, grading seems to be a common denominator in teacher stress and burnout.

But despite all of the healthy discussion happening online about grading - like the dialogues about effective feedback and having limits - there seem to be some persistent myths floating around as well that I propose are destructive, both to teachers and to the non-teacher general public. 

From the biased worldview of a middle school English teacher, here are three myths about grading that need to be reconsidered, if not fully busted.

The 5 Types of Teacher Burnout (and How to Extinguish Them)

As I write this, it's March, the time when many educators begin planning for the next school year, and when teachers have to start deciding whether or not they're going to return in the fall.

Meanwhile, almost daily, my various news feeds seem to bring me articles about teachers who quit, teachers who choose to stay, and theories proposing reasons why teachers burn out. Most of these discussions bring up fair points, but I almost always walk away from them disappointed.