Remove a Student from Google Classroom

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To remove a student from Google Classroom go to the People tab. Check next to the student’s name you wish to remove. Use the Actions drop down menu to choose "Remove."

Removing a student removes them from Google Classroom. Any scores or comments are also removed. HOWEVER, if the student joins back the scores and comments come back.

If a student leaves the class on their own you also will lose the scores and comments. If they moved away and you can not get the student to rejoin the class you will be unable to retrieve the scores and comments since the student has to accept re-joining a class.

However, there are no "attachments" in Google Classroom, only documents linked from Google Drive. When students submit work to an assignment it is added to Google Drive and linked to Classroom. Removing a student from Google Classroom does NOT remove their work from Google Drive. Documents can still be located in the assignment folder.

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Google Classroom More Options

Google Classroom: More Options Menu

3 dots more options menu

More Options Menu in Google Classroom

On the class tiles page at you find a grid of all your classes you are teaching or enrolled in. In the upper right hand corner of each tile is the 3 dots more options menu.


You can drag the tiles around on the class tiles page or you can use the “Move” option from the 3 dots menu. This allows you to choose the position of the class tile.


Edit the class title.


WARNING: Copying an entire class copies all of the attachments in the class. THIS IS A BAD IDEA! It makes a big mess of your Google Drive. Attachments are NOT attached in Google Classroom, they are linked from Google Drive. This will copy not only all of the assignments but the screenshots, videos, directions documents, EVERYTHING. Big mess! Instead, create a new class and use the Create button on the Classwork page to “Reuse post.” from a another class.


Before you can delete a class you need to archive it. Archiving makes the class still visible to students, but they are unable to submit or comment. You can find the archived class under the 3 lines menu in the upper left. You can reuse assignments from an archived class.

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Classwork page in Google Classroom

Classwork Page

Organize the Classwork Page with Topics

As of Fall 2019 Google Classroom has been reorganized. It is now all about the Classwork page! Previously all the action happened in the Stream. Now the Stream is reserved for announcements and class comments. Point students over to the Classwork page where the assignments are organized by topics.

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Access Calendars

Organization can be a barrier for student learning and engagement. Google Classroom has been updated to provide easy links to access the Classroom Calendar and the students’ personal Google Calendars.



On the left-hand side of the screen, click the “Classroom Calendar” button to be taken to the the calendar overviewing the class assignments.

Underneath, you can access your personal Google Calendar by clicking the “Google Calendar” link.

Get a Summary of Student Work

Google Classroom makes it easy to see an overview of students work. Click on the “Students” tab to open up the class roster.


From the “Students” tab, you can email individual students by click on the three dots. You can also click on the student’s name to access a complete list of assignments.


From the assignment sheet, assignments are marked as missing, assigned or turned in. The due dates are clearly posted. You can click on the assignment title to be linked directly to the assignment page. This list can also be filtered to make it easy for you to view student work.

Reset the code

Reset the Google Classroom Code

Reset it Until You Like It

My goal is to never hear “Keeler, the code is not working.” Oh… it’s working. You just typed it in wrong. On the Student’s tab is the ability to reset the Google Classroom code. Click on the tiny triangle next to the code and choose “Reset.” I reset it until it is almost a word. No L’s, zeros, O’s, 1’s, and not too long.

Reset the GOogle Classroom code

Look at this code, it has an o in it. I ask myself… is there a chance a student will type this in wrong? RESET!
No to the O

Is it a word? The code zcx6vh is fine… it’s short and no funky numbers. But there is no pattern I can discern to make it easier for me when helping students. RESET!
Is this a word?

No way

Is this the worst code ever?

Seventy Two Brown

This code speaks to me. It is almost 72 brown. I’ll keep it.

This speaks to me 72 brown

This code has the word fail in it!! I love it!

not a fail

Updated Stream

An Updated Stream

Google Classroom Stream Updated

A few things have been moved around in Google Classroom. They are minor changes but worth noting. The most notable for the Stream is that the “Students can post and comment” has been moved from the Students tab to the Stream.

Alice Keeler copyright image Google Classroom Stream

A quick rundown of the Stream

  1. The Stream is where students view assignments.
  2. The Students tab contains a roster of the students as well as the ability to invite students or display the class code.
  3. The About tab allows you to post important information about the class or invite a co-teacher.
  4. Add assignments to the Stream by clicking on the plus icon.
  5. Upcoming assignments that have a due date will be displayed in the Stream sidebar.
  6. Topics act as filters. Click on the topic in the sidebar to filter the Stream.
  7. When students delete items from the Stream they are still visible to the teacher. The teacher can also choose to allow or disallow students from commenting in the Stream.
  8. Change the header image in Google Classroom.
  9. The 3 lines menu allows you to access other classes, archived classes, or change your settings.

Google Classroom: Link Other’s Documents

In Google Classroom, you can now link documents that do not belong to you. Sometimes you may want to link a document that belongs to someone else. Previously, you had to make a copy of this document in your Google Drive or change the share settings on the document.

Now, Google Classroom gives you the option to make a copy of the document without leaving the Google Classroom site. A copy of the document will appear in your Google Drive.

Google Classroom: Access Class Drive Folder

Access Class Drive Folder


Teachers can easily access the class folder in Google Drive through Google Classroom. From the student tab, click on the “Class Drive folder” option in the top block on the left-hand side of the screen above the teacher block. This will automatically open the Drive folder for the specific class in a new tab on your browser.


Preview Files in Google Drive

Press P to Preview in Google Drive

Press P for Preview

I like to describe Google Classroom as Google Drive management. When reviewing student work on the assignment assessment screen, notice the Google Drive folder icon below the Done count.
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This will launch Google Drive to view the student’s assignments in Drive. Opening documents can be slow depending on internet speed. Pressing P to preview the file opens it faster. Use the arrow key to preview the next student’s document.
P to Preview