For the past two weeks, we've been hearing a lot about "a sense of urgency" at school. Mostly how our principal doesn't think we have one. And how her higher-ups don't think we have one.
I wonder how exactly a sense of urgency is measured. I haven't seen any kind of barometer on the wall (Urgency Level Purple today!), nor do I get updates on my smartphone.
Is someone who is running up and down the rows of desks (with or without scissors), sweating profusely, eyes bulging, yelling basic factoids at the their kids demonstrating a sense of urgency, while someone enjoying an even-paced lesson while smiling at their kids dropping the urgency ball? These are things I'd love to know as I'm being told I don't have a sense of urgency.
The best guess I can come up with from what has been going on is that a teacher's true sense of urgency can only be reflected in how well their students do on tests. That somehow if a teacher has a sense of urgency, he/she can transfer that urgency over to the student who will then feel compelled to score higher.
I know for a fact that I have a strong sense of urgency about wanting and needing my kids to do better. Not just on tests, but in life in general. But I will admit I've been somewhat deficient in transferring that sense of urgency over to most of my kids. It's a very hard thing to transfer, because it's not like an auto title that one can just sign over to someone else.
I've tried direct skin-to-skin transfer -- but high fives and fist bumps seem to only make the kids happy instead of stressing them out more.
I've tried Vulcan mind melds -- but thoughts of Hot Cheetos and Justin Beiber have forced my mind back like a brick wall.
I've tried lecturing, but judging by the quickness of eyes glazing over, it's obvious my sense of urgency just didn't take.
So I continue to be one of those teachers who is labeled with the USN (No Sense of Urgency) stamp.
I guess until I can think of something else to try, I'll just have to continue instructing the kids and building up their math skills as best as I can.