WE all know that building a classroom community is the number one management tool to meeting your academic goals for the school year. A digital classroom hub, like the one you will create in this course, gives you the tools you need to create a classroom community of connected students and families. You will also find that it helps you stay organized and prepared to support your students and families.
Calling all classroom teachers! Have you wanted to build a classroom website, but didn’t know where to start? Perhaps you thought, “I am not tech savvy enough to build my own site,” or “I don’t have the time to build a classroom website.”
Perhaps you have been bombarded by questions that you have answered time and again, both from parents and students. When is the midterm? What is the missing work policy? How does my child turn in work in Google Classroom? How is my child doing in your class?
A classroom website not only is a tool for connecting students and families to your classroom community, it can also bring you peace of mind. How? If set up correctly, it can field those hundreds of questions your students and their parents have. Did that ONE parent send you a harshly worded email before their morning coffee? You can simply reply with the link to your classroom website where you worded the solution so much more eloquently than you ever would in a reply email.
Additionally, it can help you GET or STAY organized with your favorite lessons, materials, handouts, and videos by creating a digital hub for you, or a substitute to use. Imagine teaching your favorite science lesson and not having the space to create a bulletin board? You can create a digital version that you use YEAR after YEAR without all the trouble of taking it down and setting it back up.
These are just a few examples of how a class website can support you as a teacher and your classroom community.
So, it’s time to lose the stress and give your students and families what they crave in just one easy CLICK! Let’s build your classroom website this weekend!
Jennifer Van Blair is an upper elementary teacher who created a school wide Google Site for her K-6 elementary school. She created a site skeleton for her admin who had NO experience with using Google Sites. Jennifer made the Google Site easy to use, and gave her admin the confidence and support she needed to successfully use the site for the entire school year, and ultimately build her own the following year. Jennifer also uses Google Sites with her students, creating digital portfolios and giving her students the resources they need to be technology creators. She creates digital templates for teachers to use and build their own sites.
Jennifer is currently a third grade teacher in California. She has experience teaching 3 - 5 grade in a self-contained classroom. While she loves teaching ALL subject areas, she has made math her classroom passion project. She wants to instill confidence in students by developing their conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts. She especially loves helping students and teachers improve their knowledge of word problems. Outside of the classroom, she has one six year old son who loves all things dinosaurs, and welcomed a daughter in November of 2022. She also has two cats that beg for attention in the wee hours of the morning, and a husband who supports her teaching side hustles as it means more income for trips to local breweries and craft beer.