Marking in Maths


My biggest annoyance by a clear margin is marking books. Exam papers I quite like as it gives a true test of what students have learnt and their overall ability; marking the work students do every lesson however is another matter.

Now, I’m not saying marking is pointless and shouldn’t be done, it has an impact on the students and can be used to effectively improve their work. However in maths there exists a somewhat unique opportunity with marking that isn’t present anywhere else: in class marking. In all but a few topics there is a clear right answer and anything else is wrong. No arguments. No points of view. No discussion. That doesn’t mean everything is closed but the beauty of maths is this indisputable fact that there is a single correct solution to almost every problem, the openness is in the approach, interpretation and links to other topics…

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