Google Classroom: How to Reply to Private Comments from Gmail.

Private comments in Google Classroom are a wonderful thing. If a student has a question about a particular assignment they are able to send a comment privately to their teacher. Awesome. When teacher sees the questions they can type a comment back. It’s cool to be able to see all the questions or comments a student has for a particular assignment in one place. It’s even cooler that teachers get a notification by Gmail when a student add a private comment to an assignment. What’s not to love?

Well, you might feel differently if you tried to reply to the notification just like your other Gmail messages. To respond to a private comment within Gmail you need to click the REPLY button within the message. If you use the regular reply arrow your response will never get to your student because the message sent to you was not from the student’s Gmail. A closer look will tell you that the message is from a no reply Google Classroom address.

Email screen shot showing the automated Gmail and  REPLY button users should click.
You can’t reply to this Gmail the way you usually do.
Your student will never get your comment.

So, to use the Google awesomeness you need to click the blue REPLY button rather than the reply arrow in regular email.

Don't use the reply arrow in Gmail.