"How do I....?"
Change the marking period in the GOOGLE CLASSROOM gradebook?
- A clever, but simple hack to setting up Marking Periods in your gradebook: Video (4:10)
- Other things to consider:
Google Classrooms only allow for 100 topics. Depending on your organization structure you may want to 'archive' 1st semester assignments and topics. Consider adding a new "Semester 1' topic at the bottom of your Classroom to chronologically list previous posts.
If you have or expect to have roster changes at the semester/trimester change, consider a NEW Google Classroom. You can duplicate your existing Classroom to maintain your grading settings and all topics and posts or start from scratch. Be sure to include 'Semester 2' in the Classroom title, and remember to rename your original Classroom and add "Semester 1" to help students stay organized.
Keep students ENGAGED?
- Utilize the NVPS Guide to Making Thinking Visible (Jan 2021) designed to assist an individual teacher or team of teachers to implement strategies that will support making thinking visible and increasing student engagement.
- Check out the NVPS Student Engagement Priorities: FAQ with suggestions organized by scenario
- Explore these engagement activities from the NVPS Literacy Team:
- Create a range of opportunities for students to apply their content knowledge and acquired digital skills. Check existing lessons/projects for a variety of ages and content areas: Google's Applied Digital Skills
- Whenever possible, allow for students to choose innovative ways to display their learning:
100 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know - TeachThought.com, blog, May 2020
- The Science of Keeping Kids Engaged—Even From Home - Edutopa.com, blog, August 2020
Add VARIETY to Online Formative Assessments
- NVPS Facilitation Moves Guide (Breakout Rooms section): this section on moving students in and out of breakout rooms contains guidelines focus on the purposes that students should be given for breakout rooms. This list comes from teachers’ recommendations based on what has worked and not worked.
- Word Hunt Vocabulary Routine - This NVPS Literacy Team blog post presents a teacher video illustrating how to use clues and guessing to talk about new words. Students guess in whole-class, then go to breakout rooms to do more guessing with their teams. Also, learn how this teacher uses popsicle sticks to warm call on students.
- To keep kids interacting and feeling less isolated, explore this list of resources from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) - “How to do SEL at home”
Continue to Support DIVERSE LEARNERS
- Universal Design for Learning in Online Formats - How to support students with learning and linguistic differences such as students with disabilities, English learners, and developing readers and writers in a virtual teaching and learning environment.
- Explore our Resources for Diverse Learners page for help planning for Equitable Grading, Online Discussion Skills, and a range of other topics to support every student in each of your classes.