This work was designed to give a bit of relief to kids, who spent
If all the school districts in the state are failing (and they are; every school is auditioning for the 2012 run of Man of LaMancha, because the state is dreaming the impossible dream when they set the expectations for us), can the blame be placed on the teachers, the children, or the test? You do the math...
|photo by RCAHMS|
Anyway, I digress. I'll wipe the spittle off my face, and get back on track.
The students determined the amount of work being done by measuring the rubberband as they dragged the weight up their ramp. And this morning, I thought of C. Hope Clark...
In her blog, she regularly compares various tasks or activities to the writing process. Struggling with a knot in your shoelace? Hope can connect it to the writing process. Burned your toast this morning? Hope can create a wonderful analogy about getting published, with your toast as a centerpiece. Did you have to remop your floor last night because someone tracked in some mud? Hope can help you out by telling you a story that will metamorphisize the filthy floor into a wonderful metaphor about revising...
In fact, I think she is so gifted at it, she could blow her nose, compare the snot in the kleenex to what we "discard" as writers, and by the time you get to the end of her post, you're amazed.
So I'm going to try my hand at it.
The 49 nine-year olds took a ruler each time, and measured the length of how much the rubber band stretched. That's how they measured how much work was being done.
As writers, how do we measure the work we do? Do we solely count up the places where we've been published? Do we tally up the hours we spend on writing every week? Do we count up the "tasks" we accomplish every week ( __ queries sent off, ___ submissions mailed, ___ many rough drafts started, and so on)?
And what work do we consider the most difficult? The students discovered that the same amount of work was being done each time (the length of the ramp was unchanged) but the work was easier to do when the ramp was gentle versus steep. What is the most difficult work you do as a writer?
(Hope, how did I do?)