note to self:
leave them alone.
yes, the night before an essay or an outline or a thesis is due, it's panic time at the online discussion board. I looked in about 2 hours ago and there were basic and confused questions. I just didn't feel like answering them. I walked away.
now I see 15 new postings. with trepidation I open the board. answers are flying. different than I would have thought, but creative, good ways to approach the assignment. with page numbers and references to the handbook. these are generous and good students. they need me to back off.
this is the class that the discussion board deteriorated so badly with the first essay due. the second essay I intervened and pretty much silenced an instigator (she didn't turn that essay in, but she's back this week and seems ok).
I think I just need to let them work it out on their own from here.