Engage Students & Save Time
Students can improve only if they know what to improve upon. When the grading process for an assignment seems arbitrary or vague, student motivation and work declines. Faculty explanations and office hours can increase.
Specific feedback on class work—along with suggested improvements—gives students a sense of control and competence, and indicates professor investment in their academic progress. Focused feedback keeps students engaged and willing to persist when facing challenges.
What To Do And Why It Works
Creating a grading rubric for assignments and projects takes some upfront time, but it gives students quality feedback and can save you considerable time regarding student confusion or grading issues. Working with your TAs on constructing the rubric helps them understand how to use it.
Students will appreciate your feedback while you benefit from improved student motivation and effort!