We encourage you to communicate with the teachers you grade for! Our messaging feature allows you to directly message teachers in regards to their assignments, rubrics, and student work. Use messages to get your questions answered and build relationships with teachers! Teachers are trusting you with their students' work, and they love hearing from you!
The basics: get your questions answered and make sure you have everything you need to grade the assignment
- Double check to make sure that you can access and download the rubric, prompt, and student work. Let the teacher know if you have any questions about any of the materials or things students learned in class.
- Ask the teacher to clarify any grading instructions that are unclear or confusing.
- If certain students' work seems to be illegible, incomplete or missing, message the teacher early to confirm you have everything you need and to get help with anything that might be missing or hard to read.
- If you encounter plagiarism, copying, sensitive student work, or other special cases in grading, let the teacher know and confirm how to proceed.
- If you receive a Revision Request from a teacher, send that teacher a message right away to confirm that you have received the request and ask any clarifying questions you may have.
- Please use the messaging platform to contact teachers. Do not email them directly, even if you have an email address. This helps our team keep a record of any issues and also shows us that you're being proactive and finding ways to solve problems!
- We recommend greeting teachers using their last names ("Hi Mr. Clark! I'm excited to be grading your students' work!). If a teacher signs a message with their first name, it's generally acceptable to switch to using their first name in subsequent messages.
Find creative ways to build your relationship with teachers
- It's alway a good idea to send a message to introduce yourself when you are matched to an assignment. This lets teachers know that you're open to communication and excited to read their students' work!
- After grading a few students, if you're sending a message with a question, include a positive note about the assignment or student work you have read. Teachers love to hear when their students are doing well!
Go above and beyond
- Share your insights about individual students, particularly students who need, or ask, for extra help with the assignment.
- If you are grading multiple sections of the same assignment, send the teacher a message with your analysis and feedback for how the students did across multiple sections.
- Reach out to ask if any of the students you are grading have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or are ELL (English Language Learners). (Read more about grading for students with special needs here)
- Thank teachers for outstanding reviews and let them know you are excited to continue working with them in the future.
Teachers hearing from Graiders! When in doubt, message the teacher, even if it feels like you are over-communicating or if you are not getting a response. Remember, teachers are very busy people and spend most of the school day with students, not in front of a computer! Sometimes, they see your messages, but are not able to respond right away. However, they appreciate hearing from their Graiders and consistently give higher reviews to Graiders who have been communicative and showed an interest in their students.
Note: Our team tries to keep an eye on messages between teachers and Graiders when we can! This way we can help you if you have questions that we can answer more quickly than the teacher. We don't always see every message, so if you have a question and you aren't receiving a response from a teacher, contact us and we'll try to help or let you know how you should proceed.