It’s the end of the quarter at my high school on Friday, so I have spent the last two days with people begging asking if there is a way to up their grade. This tends to do two things to me four times a year. One, my Diet Coke and ibuprofen consumption go up because it is exhausting to hear the excuses, frustrating to see really smart kids fail and to explain over and over that I-know-other-teachers-will-but-I-won’t-no-I-don’t-give-extra-credit.
Many of us have kids, many of whom we put ourselves on a repeat track of saying “Do your homework” and “Read for 20 minutes”. If this is an essential skill for an elementary aged kid, just think of how much more applicable it is to us – both parts.But it has got me thinking about writing. We are all busy. Trust me, I get it. But what lies are we telling ourselves during the time when we should be doing our “homework” but really would rather ___________. Are we failing ourselves in our dedication to writing? I know we are all still in the joyous outskirts of the new year starting over, but how are we really doing? Because this is something we chose to do, something we selected after looking over our lives and realizing we wanted something more. This isn’t some meaningless repetition of some skill someone is telling us we should know but that we will never use (sine, cosine and tangent anyone?).
Life happens sometimes – yes, but not so often that we should fall below a passing level (60% at my school) of effort in our writing, and really, we can probably do better than that.
Are you still going strong with your resolutions? If you were to look at your writing for the last few weeks, would you still be passing? How do you keep yourself on track?