We just finished our taxes. It was the first time we’ve tried doing them ourselves, and it didn’t turn out the way we had hoped. Now what? Return to a tax preparer? That means the hours we just spent plugging all of those numbers into some computer program were a complete waste of time! I hate wasting time. There is a limited amount of it, and there are so many important and wonderful things to do in the time we have. The way we spend our time in schools is critical too. We only have so many hours with our children each year, and it’s critical that we treat that time carefully. Regie Routman talked about the need to have a sense of urgency when we teach. She didn’t mean panic or anxiety, but she encouraged us to be extremely mindful of how we use our school time. We have to prioritize what’s important, and find ways to keep all of the other things that demand our time during the school day in their rightful place. This is not easy work. I feel challenged each and every day to keep my work focused on what is most important for students. It’s a struggle, but one I’m willing to fight. How do you teach with a sense urgency (not panic)?