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If we have passion, they have

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If we have passion, they have passion. It is so simple. I greet my students at the door each period with either a positive statement like "get ready to expand your thinking today!" or just a big welcome with a handshake. Since my class and all lessons are geared toward creating urgency and energy toward their future, they know each period we spend together is hugely important to ME which makes it more valuable to them. I also teach bell to bell which most students tell me is very rare. Too many teachers give in too early and do not hold their attention long enough. I never, ever sit down. My students call it "sharking the room." I also write encouraging or redirecting comments like "come back from wherever you have traveled" on post it notes and just cruise by and place it on their workbook or desk.

Nice article that I agree

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Nice article that I agree with probably 75% of. At the same time I feel that sometimes we create anxiety in students when we are given such pressure to impress upon them false sense of urgency. In fact the world will not actually end if my students do not learn how to decline fifth declension Latin nouns, and I am reminded of Augustus Caesar, whose favorite saying was Festina Lente--"make haste slowly". I think there are times when urgency is appropriate, and times when "slow and steady gets the worm".

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Great article! I'm constantly

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Great article! I'm constantly referring to the (lack of) my students' "sense of urgency" and I love the tips you offer teachers. I use a lot of pacing tools in my classroom. Here are a few I like:http://wp.me/p2qsME-7G

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Proximity Shows Urgency

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I completely agree. You cannot teach sitting behind your desk. Using proximity, a teacher shows interest, avoids negative behaviors, and adds credibility to the importance of the classroom activity.

Wow, what an insightful and

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Wow, what an insightful and inspirational article! One way I create urgency is by making sure all of the directions I give out loud are also somewhere (on a slide, on a sign) for them to see. Students rarely have a time-wasting "what am I supposed to be doing again?" moment...or if they do, a friend or I can simply point! I also use countdown timers (lots of free ones online) on the screen for basically every task. It helps motivate them and encourages them to be good time-managers and self-starters. Thank you--such a great read!

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