Tomorrow morning I have a date with a not so blank canvas…but a canvas…of sorts.
The boys are camping and I get the farm all to myself. Time to set some siphon tubes (an art form I have yet to master), yes. But also…Time to create…to start this journey.
As I have thought about this day, I have been reminded of a talk from several years ago.
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.
Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.
You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Here’s to tomorrow…To the power of creation….to all the beauty, past and present, that is our farm!
It is strange to think that last year at this time we just had a dream. It seemed like an improbable dream. But…
For years I have dreamed of naming a little girl Calliope Jane. But I have been blessed with two little boys instead. Still It was sad to know I would never get to use that name. Sad to know that some dreams are just not realized. But then today we welcomed a new little girl to the farm.
Welcome home Calliope Jane…Or if you prefer Cow.lie.o.(the black-eyed).pea Jane. The name just suits her. Don’t you think?
So I have a real-life problem from our farm and I am wondering how to make it a three act task. (If you are into organic farming you might want to look away…as I just said this is a real-life problem 😉 )
Dan Meyers describes these type of problems as tasks happening in three acts.
Act 1: You introduce the central conflict of your story. (Make it visual…use as few words as possible.)
Act 2: The student looks for resources, asks questions and develops new tools…to overcome the problem.
Notice I said students, but for now I am just going to tell you the tools we have and the question we asked.
TOOLS: 200 gallon tank on a sprayer with a 30 foot span, 19 sprayer heads, each sprayer head disperses treatment at 0.36 gallons per minute, 3 pints of weed killer per acre, and the intention to drive 3.5 miles per hour
Our question: How many pints of weed killer do we need to add to the 200 gallon tank?
Act 3: Resolve the conflict…and set up for a sequel.
My work and Greg’s work
We both got the same answers. YAY!!!! And both used dimensional analysis…I love using dimensional analysis.
So what would be appropriate photos for acts 2 and 3? What about photo 1?
And what would be a sequel?
And actually now that I think about it…it would be interesting to see the questions, resources and tools the more organic minded folks would ask/use.