From biggest issue to the mildest, I need to troubleshoot the following situations:
* Still don't have blogs! (at this point only two or three remain across all my classes. This is usually due to students who miss the 'set up' class and then just skip blogs feeling immune from penalty because they missed the 'set up' day. Worst offender: the unable-to-it-helrself girl who was placed two weeks late into my class; then proceeded to miss 2 more Tuesdays - our lab days - in a row.)
I don't want to spare any more classroom lab time to accomodate these students. There were two different class sessions to set up blogs. Students should be responsible to make up whatever work they've missed - including blog set up. However, I have not been able to get them to meet "outside" of class either. Ideas?
*Aren't blogging consistently or thoroughly. Only 60-70% of students complete any given blog assignment. Some students have only done one (out of 3 or 4). Of those that write each entry, many follow the lead of their peers so that some "clusters" of students (by which I mean the free-formed social groups who view and comment on each other's work) are writing long, thorough and exciting entries while other "clusters" are writing shorter and less intensive ones. More are trending towards terrible than the reverse. It feels like they are "norming" themselves against one another.
I reviewed students' grades and blog performance today and gave a general talk about finding good blog role models to use when deciding how far to go with blogging. However, the worst offenders were absent :)
* Are handing in printed blog entries - Some less tech-savvy, but very grade-conscious students are throwing in the towel and turing in printed word docs to substitute for each entry. Ok for the the first week or so, but I need them to use the blogs they've set up.
These students are particularly frustrationg for me since they were in class every day we did blog set up and I personally helped them several times. Ideas?