Here are my basic low-end assumptions:
- A teacher has about 100 students (imagine 4 classes of 25 students each). These days, many teachers teach 5 classes of 30 each. Some pampered private school teachers (like I was) teach 4 classes of 15 students each. Still, 100 is a reasonable estimate and a nice round number.
- Each student hands in one page to be graded each day. This will likely be a single sheet of homework. This excludes any tests or quizes, which are generally longer than a sheet, so this is definitely a low-end estimate.
- Each page takes the teacher 1 minute to grade. Again, this sounds like a short time to me if you're actually grading the work. And if you also consider the time it takes to determine the full-page grade and enter it into the computer system...
These estimates lead to a need to grade 500 pages per week, which I'm estimating could take 500 minutes. That's 8.33 hours, or a full work day. Yes, a teacher could easily spend a full work day each week just grading. I find that astonishing.