One of the new features that I think has been overlooked in Google Classroom is the ability to give each announcement and assignment a TOPIC.
|You can see the Topics on the left side of the screen|
For example - I am starting off with the following topics:
Do Now - each day there is a Do Now for the students to complete - this will allow me to see a nice clean flow of my days with my students
Classwork - this topic will allow students to view the work that was supposed to have been completed entirely in class - hopefully this will help students who are absent see what they missed even easier
Projects - this topic will be for the larger scale projects we complete in and out of class - my big ticket items
Homework - pretty simple here - but I hope this will help my students stay organized!
Some other ideas I have been tossing around - maybe you just want to have your Google Classroom organized by Marking Period? So make 4 topics - Marking Period 1, 2, 3 and 4. This way everyone can see very easily what work belongs in which marking period?
Add a School News Topic so that students can separate your class announcements and assignments from other news like Spirit Week information or Upcoming dates (school dances etc).
Use your Gradebook to guide you - my Topics line up with my Categories in Gradebook - this way there is no confusion as to what assignment will end up in which category.