Working as a Graider
We are so glad to have you in The Graide Network! Here are some things to know before you pick up your first assignment. Please read over the information below to understand your role, and know that you can reference this when you have questions in the future by clicking "Graider Pay and Policies" in your Graider dashboard.
Pay and Policies
As a Graider, you are joining an exclusive network of highly-qualified, remote teaching assistants. You are responsible for delivering complete, high-quality feedback and accurate grading on all assignments.
Graiders are also responsible for professional conduct, including:
Effective time management skills and meeting all assignment deadlines.
Timely, clear and appropriate communication with teachers and The Graide Network team. Be sure to communicate all questions, problems, and concerns as soon as possible.
Professional language when grading assignments and working with teachers.
Respecting student privacy. Graiders must never share student work with any third party or use it for any means outside of the agreed upon work with the teacher.
For some assignments, you may be required to complete pre-requisite norming exercises and mock assignments. This ensures students, teachers and schools receive exceptional grading and feedback support and student performance data that is statistically reliable. Failure to deliver consistent, high-quality work or to successfully complete pre-requisite norming and calibration work will result in your removal from the assignment and, potentially, the network.
Working as an Independent Contractor
When you become a Graider, you are asked to sign an independent contractor (IC) agreement with The Graide Network as well as a federal W-9 form. Independent contractor income is compensation you receive for doing work or providing services as a self-employed individual, not as an employee. Your role as a Graider falls into this category.
Tax Information: As an independent contractor, your compensation is reported on Form 1099-MISC. If you’ve earned $600 or more in one calendar year by working as a Graider, The Graide Network will provide you with a 1099-MISC Form for your taxes by January 31st of the following calendar year. As an IC, you will pay taxes a little differently than employees do. Employers are required to withhold federal income tax (as well as Social Security and Medicare taxes) from their employees' pay. However, as an IC, you are required to pay these taxes on your own if the annual payments you receive from all independent contractor sources totals over $400 in a calendar year. You can pay these taxes through either quarterly estimated tax payments or when you file your tax return at the end of the year.
Below are some resources to help navigate your responsibilities as a self-employed individual:
As a Graider, you will be paid $10 per calculated hour of grading and feedback for complete assignments. There are opportunities to be invited into higher pay bands or higher paying individual assignments based on demonstrated quality of feedback, learning mindset, proactivity, and dependability over time.
Every section assignment shows an estimated time per student and estimated total compensated grading time to help you plan and manage your time. Estimated time per student is based on expected assignment length and expected number of students.
Please note: Final assignment pay will be calculated based on the final actual number of students graded and the final average assignment length. This may be more or less than the original grading estimate. We encourage you to start work well ahead of the deadline to make sure you can ask any questions early and are able to submit high-quality grading and feedback on time.
What happens if I work over the estimated time?
Any time spent grading over the final calculated grading time will not be compensated. It is your responsibility to track and manage your time grading accordingly. To ensure payment, work must be complete, accurate, and meet quality standards.
Note that new Graiders often take a bit longer than time estimates on their first few assignments. There is a learning curve, but the data does show that Graiders get faster over time. If you are coming in significantly over estimates, please reach out for help! Our team is here to support you.
We ask you to report your grading time so that we can monitor any major discrepancies and continue to improve our formula to be fair to both teachers and Graiders.
So when do I get paid?
Assignments are paid the Friday after the week in which they are due. Anything due on or before a Friday will be paid the following Friday.
Pay is sent through Kalo, so you should complete your onboarding to ensure prompt payment. Pay issued on Friday can take 2-5 business days to show up in your account, but we usually hear that it’s fairly quick.
If your work is incomplete, inaccurate, or does not meet grading and feedback standards, the teacher or The Graide Network team will request a revision. It is your responsibility to revise your work and send it to The Graide Network team for review as soon as possible or within 24 hours of the revision request. This additional time is not compensated as it is your responsibility to deliver complete, correct, and high-quality work in the time allotted at the start of each assignment. If the revision is due to a teacher error or new request, you will be compensated for this additional work. Teachers have 7 days from the due date to review your work and request a revision.
Note that it is not uncommon for new Graiders to receive a revision request on their first assignment. While we try to prevent this with the 3-student quality check (explained below), occasionally there are trends in feedback or scoring that only become apparent once you've completed more of the class. While we do track revision requests, you are typically not penalized in future matching if a revision request is due to the learning curve of the first few assignments.
The Hall Pass System
We understand that emergencies happen and, in these instances, you may need to be removed from an assignment. That's why each Graider receives 3 hall passes per academic year that they can redeem in case of an emergency by communicating with The Graide Network Team.
Graiders are expected to be clear, direct, and honest in their communication and must communicate all emergencies as soon as possible, and ideally at least 24 hours before the assignment deadline. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting 646-200-5768.
You will not be penalized for requesting to use one of your hall passes at least 24 hours before the assignment deadline. We'll remove you from the assignment and re-match it! Requests made closer to the assignment deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis - we may be able to re-match, or we may ask you to keep the assignment, but with a short extension. We know that feedback is most effective for students when it is timely and always strive to return work to teachers as quickly as possible.
Requests for removal from assignments beyond the 3 allowed hall passes or failure to consistently meet assignment deadlines will result in lowered priority in matching and, in some cases, removal from The Graide Network.
Note: Make sure you always have a technical back-up plan in place! In 2018, laptop crashes aren't an excuse for missing deadlines and within the 24-hour window, won't generally be an accepted reason for a hall pass. In the event you have technical trouble with your computer or internet connection, be sure to have an alternate plan in place (computer lab, library, favorite coffee shop, etc.).
Working on Assignments
As a new Graider, you will need to apply for assignments on the Assignment Board linked in your Graider dashboard.
To apply for an assignment:
Log into The Graide Network
Click "Assignment Board"
Click "Apply" on any assignment you are interested in
Enter how many class sections you would like to grade (On most assignments, you can select 1 or 2)
If you are matched to an assignment, you will receive an email with the subject line "You've been matched to grade!" If you are not matched, you will not receive a notification, but the assignment will disappear from the assignment board.
You are not guaranteed to match to all assignments you apply for, and it could take a little while to get matched to your first assignment, so we recommend checking the board frequently and applying often to increase your chances of a match. Starting out, you might apply for more than you could realistically take on; you’ll have a better chance at matching to a great starter assignment, and we’re careful not to over-assign new Graiders. As you gain experience on different assignments, complete high quality work, and receive positive teacher reviews, you will gain priority in matching.
If you perform particularly well as a Graider or earn special qualifications, you may be requested to grade. When you receive a request to your email, you can log in to claim up to two class sections. If you are not available to accept a request, you can simply ignore it - usually several requests are sent out at once to ensure a match.
Only apply for or accept assignments when you know you have the capacity in your schedule to complete the assignment on time. Note that on the assignment start date, the teacher has until 5pm to upload work, and you should factor this into your planning.
While you are allowed and encouraged to apply for any assignments you are interested in, once you are matched, we generally recommend taking on no more than 2 sections at a time. If you apply for several assignments to increase your chances of being matched and we unintentionally match you to more than you meant to take on, just shoot us a text!
Read assignment descriptions and any guidelines from the teacher carefully and ensure you meet all pre-requirements before applying.
Empty assignment board?
We aim to match assignments pretty quickly, and work sometimes comes in waves. If the assignment board is empty, keep checking back, and try checking at different times and on different days! Grading work is also fairly seasonal, in alignment with the typical school year. Our board is open for regular work September 1 - June 30, and we expect September, October, February, March, and April to be our busiest months. When the assignment board is very busy, note that there are multiple pages, and you might find an interesting project on page 2 or 3.
Note: With an ever-increasing quantity of work, we are planning an overhaul of how matching works for th 2019-2020 school year. If you have feedback or ideas for us, let us know! We’re interested in understanding how you personally think about applying for and picking up work.
Special Project Invitations
Occasionally there are special project opportunities that we'll email out to all qualified Graiders who have logged in recently. These may require filling out an interest form or participating in a qualifying activity. Keep an eye on your email and respond to these quickly for the best chance at matching.
Your First Assignments
On your first two assignments, we ask that you complete grading for the first three students within 24 hours of receiving access to student work. Our team will check these first three to make sure you're on the right track and give you feedback before you continue. Eager to keep going? Text us at 646-200-5768 and we may be able to do this quality check a bit sooner than our regularly scheduled monitoring!
Special Grading Instructions
Please read all instructions before starting on an assignment! Occasionally teachers will make special requests for targeted feedback or give guidelines for scoring. On most assignments, you will be prompted in the grading platform to give feedback on student strengths and areas for growth. On assignments that are more score-based (usually short-answers or math/science), you will asked to give rationales for your scores either in addition or in place of the standard summary feedback.
Feedback and Grading Guide
We've collected grading best practices and recommendations about how to work and handle certain assignment circumstances to help you be most successful as a Graider. For tips on giving rock-star feedback and examples of situations you might encounter while grading (in-line comments, plagiarism, sensitive student work), please read through our Feedback and Grading Guide before your first assignment. This will be essential to your success on assignments!
We're here to help!
We want you to feel like you have what you need to be successful on assignments. We know that if you are well-prepared, the students and teachers you serve will benefit! We recommend checking all assignment materials and student work early to be sure the assignment makes sense and that you have everything you need to start grading. If you have questions about the details of an assignment as you're grading, you can always message the teacher through the messaging feature in our platform.
For general questions about working as a Graider, help using the platform, or assistance on an assignment, get in touch with the Graider Success Team (Eileen, Kristy, and Blair) by emailing email@example.com or texting 646-200-5768! We love when Graiders seek clarification and feedback, and we'll generally be fairly quick to respond during our support hours (7 days a week)! If you contact us outside of these hours, you may get a response, but should not expect to hear from us until the following day.
Graide Network Support Hours 2018-2019
Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm CT
Saturday-Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm CT