Are you struggling with finding the time to grade your students' writing samples?  I think one of the problems is that teachers tend to grade too many writing samples. You end up grading every night and every weekend. I believe you can get writing grades without having to take home formal writing samples too often.  Let me show you how I have managed to handle grading writing samples in my classroom.  First, my students always take an on-demand or pre-assessment at the beginning of each of my eight week units. I do grade this on-demand, but it does not go in the grade book. That would be unfair to my students since we haven't completed any lessons yet.  I grade these because I can see where my class is at the start of the unit. I can see gaps right away. It also helps me to set conferencing groups, based on similar needs I discovered from the grading. I also give these on-demands back to my students so we can discuss the rubric together and my students can ...