Monday, November 07, 2011

The Urgency Bell Curve

What's your sense of urgency related to student success?  How does your sense of urgency affect lesson planning, student response and classroom instruction? During a summer RTI conference, Dr. Austin Buffum discussed student success with respect to educators' sense of urgency.

I believe there's an urgency bell curve. Not enough urgency leads to passivity (teaching as a job, not profession), and too much urgency deters motivation and confidence.  A just right sense of urgency propels optimal prep, response and instruction.

What does a just right sense of urgency look like? Urgency that supports student learning has these attributes:
  • Knowing the child well.
  • Thoughtful, communicated goals.
  • A step-by-step approach to prioritizing and reaching goals.
  • Regular response.
  • Advocacy
  • A team approach to meeting students' needs.
  • Constant care and a time to celebrate students' gains.
  • A never ending focus on the goals with respect to the whole child--a child does not become a skill-set.
What's your sense of urgency?  Do educators in your environment share a similar sense of urgency?  Do you prioritize goals as a team and determine the urgency related to each goal?  What are your patterns and systems of response to goals that are deemed most urgent?