|Via ferrata in Austria|
By Luidger - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
Writing today felt a bit like I was climbing up this cliff. Strapped onto a cable, exposed to the elements and grabbing for any handhold I could. (Thanks, Flannery O'Connor for the lift midafternoon and to Crash who read a texted version of a couple of paragraphs on his phone between planes).
These fixed climbing routes are called a via ferrata - an "iron road" in Italian. In some ways my intro chemistry class is a via ferrata, a way to climb through some tough material using fixed points I've constructed. It's a collaboration between the climbers and the creator of the route, and work is required on both parts. (I have climbed a couple of easy routes this way - in Acadia and in New Mexico - the views were great, but I was pretty terrified the whole way, which hopefully my students will not be.)
I also read somewhere, by someone, a great essay about syllabi as a genre, specifically "world creation" genre. I wish I could find it again.
Book report: 100% drafted; 77% in reasonable draft; 43% in near final draft; 23% in rather drafty draft. This week's goal - to get those pieces in drafty draft well on their way to final draft.
And if you're wondering how I stumbled onto the term via ferrata -it's how you get to this hotel. Warning, the photos are not for the height averse.