Process is Messy

In my high school classroom, I have a poster:  Writing is messy. 

My students’ interpretations fall somewhere between, “Well, yea, my handwriting IS messy!” to “No, that’s not true. I have nice handwriting, so my writing isn’t messy.”  What’s missing from their interpretations?

The real meaning of ‘messy’ as it relates to learning.

And so begins our year-long discussion about the ‘messiness’ of learning:  writing, process, thinking, figuring stuff out, process, product, process, discussing, process… You get the idea.  It’s m.e.s.s.y. And there’s an awful lotta ‘process’ goin’ on!

By the end of the school year, they’ve got it.  (Well, some of them, anyway.)

Since ‘process’ is my middle name (or should have been… mom, are you listening?), I chuckled when I saw this illustration in Austin Kleon’s newest book, Show Your Work! 10  Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered.

Process is Messy

Yes, it is!  Messy, indeed.

Note to self:  Enlarge the image and put it in classroom.

Is your process messy?  Does messy make you happy or uncomfortable?

Without messy, I’d be a mess! 🙂

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