Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Meme: Passion Quilt

Ambulance Driver has tagged me in a post about teaching.

I let his request rattle around in my brain during spring break, hoping for inspiration. And by doing so, I violated Rule 1, which is "Don't wait for inspiration. Start writing." (But, Professor, I was on vacation!)

AD writes, "If I had but one message I could pass on to my students and my child, what would it be? What lessons am I most passionate about?"

Here are the full meme directions:

  • Post a picture or make/take/create your own that captures what YOU are most passionate for students to learn about.
  • Give your picture a short title.
  • Title your blog post "Meme: Passion Quilt."
  • Link back to this blog entry.
  • Include links to 5 (or more) educators.

As I wrote recently, I am leaving the classroom. Passion is at a low ebb right now: I just want to get through the next month.

What keeps me going

What keeps me going is this: More time in the woods. No more saying that I can't go hiking or hunting or fishing because I have papers to grade.

So as a teacher of (among other things) nature-writing, I would like my students to know that at least some of the time you need to be in your "Pleistocene body," walking, moving, looking, listening.

And when you do write--anything--all the clich├ęs are true:

"Once you pass your twentieth birthday, technique counts for more than inspiration." (And if you are in rhetoric class, it counts more before you are 20.)

"Books are our grandparents (thanks to Gary Snyder for that one).

"Writing is thinking."

"Use an action verb."

And my favorite: "The first million words are just for practice."

Now that I have stumbled through that (I suck at profundity), I tag Cat Chapin-Bishop, Gus diZerega, Macha, Anne Hill , and Mary Scriver.



Blogger Cat Chapin-Bishop said...

OK, Chas. It's up! My Passion Quilt is posted.

8:46 AM  
Blogger smartprettystrong said...

hi how ru doing fine iam hoping so well i just came along to this beautiful site right here n mainly u caugth my eyes well let me get to it. i love to write some day iam hoping to write a book but for now i write in my journal i mean i've been writing 4 a long time .and 1 more thing thats wonderful to go hiking in the woods there beautiful but i wont go into them because i seen to many movies that have me like sorry no thank u. i love what what u said about writing to , writing is thinking and one more thing iam going to get Gary Snyder this person sounds like they have ur brain open to something wonderful i am just saying .thank u 4 reading this stay bless.

8:17 PM  

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