Writing, they say, is never finished, just abandoned. The best of writers will say this is true. The draft. The revision. The next revision. The final resignation, “That’s good enough.” What say the worst of writers? The same, perhaps, only “That’s good enough” comes at the first draft. Then, there are those exalted poets of yore, “Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.” Oh, please.
Do we approach our teaching the same way? We first draft a lesson, rewrite, revise, and, at some point, settle for “That’s good enough.” Is it ever good enough? We wouldn’t tell our students to reach for the “good ’nuff” standard; yet, at some point in writing the great American lesson, we abandon it. Oh, please, don’t tell my students.