Getting ready to set up your Google Classroom? One of the first things you’ll want to do is decide how to organize your multiple subject areas on Google Classroom. Should you organize by unit? Week? Should you start a new Google Classroom for each content area or term? Here are some tips to organize your Google Classroom assignments!
Grade Level or Content Area Google Classrooms
Should you have a Google Classroom for each subject/content area or create a whole classroom for your grade level class?
Generally, upper elementary teachers and above prefer to use content specific classrooms. Students are more used to navigating multiple Google Classrooms.
For PreK (yes, they can use Google Classroom too) to early elementary, keeping everything housed in one Google Classroom usually works best for your learners. Teaching students to navigate and keeping yourself organized is easy, however, when you use topics to organize your Google Classroom Assignments!
First, you’ll notice that you can tag each assignment or material you post, you can tag it with a topic! The topic feature is something veteran Google Classroom teachers asked for, and Google delivered!
Even though topics help you organize your units and assignments, you’ll still need to decide HOW to organize them. What should you title your topics?
The first option is to organize your topics by subject areas. Choose the main subjects you teach: reading, writing, math, science, social studies, for example. Tag each assignment with the topic pertaining to the subject or content area. Along the left-hand side, your students will see the list of topics. They can click on the topics to see their assignments organized by subject areas.
If you teach multiple content areas or a special, this may be a perfect way for you to organize your Google Classroom assignments. This method can work well if you house all your subject areas in one Google Classroom but it generally works better when you have a separate Google Classroom for each content area.
Students can then look at content in the order it was posted by clicking on the topics (Week 1, Week 2, etc.) on the Classwork page along the left-hand side.
Organizing your Google Classroom assignments by units makes sense for a lot of teachers and their students! Label the topics by the unit of study whether you use one grade level classroom or multiple for different content areas.
Google Classroom Timelines
If your course or class stays together all year, keep the same Google Classrooms! It’s completely acceptable to delete topics and clean up content.
On the other hand, if your class changes students each semester or quarter, start a new Classroom. You can archive the previous class and even reuse posts and assignments without starting fresh, but new students do not have to navigate through old content. It keeps everyone organized!
Learning how to organize your Google Classroom assignments will not only help you to start fresh in the new year but it will keep your students on track as well. What tips do you have for organizing your assignments in Google Classroom?
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