Hello, fellow Moodlers,
Maybe you can help me do something a little better next year in my high school German classes...
It seems to me that it is a good thing to encourage my German students to critically (in the best sense of the word) evaluate each others' writing, asking constructive questions, making helpful suggestions, etc. I guess this is simply an article of faith with me, as I do not even know why I think it is a good thing, frankly. I just do.
Over and over again, I am finding that my second-year students cannot do this very well, and I really do not seem to be able to help them improve at it very much. (Most of the students really do seem to be willing to try, though. I have to give them credit for that.)
The problem is that many of the students simply do not seem up to the task. Their German is just not that good yet and they are overwhelmed by the assignment.
Of course, if I guide them through the assignment, they can do it pretty well, but the point is for them to be able to do it without me, right?
How do you all approach this? How do you help students who are not terribly strong help each other?
Or is this simply asking too much, too early?