It is clear that some students are "very comfortable" with the material, some are "fairly comfortable" and there are some that are struggling. Nothing new or unexpected but I do need to stop myself and remember that this is not an AP course (yet) - so maybe I need to back up my expectations a bit.
The new material is so exciting that I want to keep forging ahead as fast as we can - but it looks like in doing so there is a section being left behind.
So - new plan starting this week - let the students can move on go ahead - give them materials and support and let them fly.
The fairly comfortable and not so comfortable groups will continue to get assignments and instruction - just not at the same pace and I will need to adjust my grading expectations. This is a challenge too - so maybe instead of a full class lecture there will be several smaller ones, with groups as they are ready for the material.
Another issue I have is that some students clearly put in a lot of effort, while others... not so much. If I am not going to penalize students for moving at a different pace (I get that, no problem) - what do I do about ones that are simply not putting much time or effort into their work? It can be frustrating at times (we all know that) but there is also an expectation of trying your best. Not so sure everyone in class is onboard with that - although it has been discussed more than once.
I don't want to lose anyone for fearing it is too hard - but I also don't want to hand out passing grades just for being in class. Will need to ponder on the best solution for this.