If anyone at school ever asks me what "Duotrope's Digest" is, I'm simply going to say a research tool. Not that I spend too much of my plan time or lunch surfing the web, but it's been known to happen.
Sometimes, the writing world collides favorably with what I am paid to do (at least more than writing).
See, my students are lazy about revision and rewriting. I even had one student tell me, rather matter-of-factly, that professional writers don't revise. So, after I'd replaced my dangling jaw and secured it with copious duct tape, I started thinking. Dangerous thing, thinking.
The best teaching methods, especially for high school, are those I call guerrilla tactics. If the students don't know they're learning, wow, you can really make progress.
Enter the 100 word essay, a new assignment that I've modified from various fiction markets that publish stories of exactly 100 words (my personal favorite being Necrotic Tissue). You can't write a 100 word anything without revision. No one lands at exactly 100 words on the first try. No one uses just the right words on draft one.
Revision? You bet...serious writers, professional or amateur, fiction or non-fiction--they all revise. I can't wait to see what my little angels have for me when they turn in the first batch later today.
(insert evil laughter here)