Last year, I started 2 or 3 Google Classrooms and used them intermittently.  I completed my Google Educator Level One Certification in May.  My feet were wet, and I thought I was hot stuff.  But of course, the more you know, the more you realize there is to learn…

Fast-forward to 2017 and all of my classes use their own GC.  Daily. Some recent epiphanies…

@AliceKeeler ( was the keynote at our school’s recent Google Summit–and she is a G-Suite DYNAMO!  I learned so much from her in 60 min  “Advanced Google Classroom” which I hereby resolve to practice, model and build upon.

Here are a few:

#005 Number the assignments – My Classroom stream was unruly.  This simple idea is genius.

#004 Post EVERYTHING to Google Classroom (numbered, of course) – I was assigning some work “in class” and some on the stream.  I needed a way to keep absent students in the loop.  Makes sense.

#003 Private Comment – This changed the way I did class this week.  Posted an assignment and told students to answer my prompt IN A PRIVATE COMMENT.  No more opening and closing 75 Docs–I can read and provide interactive, personalized, meaningful FEEDBACK to them on the same screen.  In like 5-10 minutes.  This is actual formative assessment that they can build on.

#002 Mark as Done – I hereby resolve to promote the Marking as Done until it becomes habit for my students.  Much easier to track down who needs to make up work if they have done this.

and number one…

#001 Customize your Google Classroom Banner Image with YOUR CLASS NOTES!  Saw this via @jmattmiller at, and it is GENIUS.