Posted on 11/21/2016 at 08:22 AM by Blog Experts
I'm totally into the concept of growth and fixed mindset. I like to think of myself as having a growth mindset. If you've never heart of growth and fixed mindset I recommend reading Carol Dweck's book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success . Train Ugly is another great resource! I highly recommend taking the time and checking this out.
So the title of this post is The Power of "YET". I got to thinking of this word yesterday while sitting in a staff meeting. I didn't know all of these teachers very well as I work closely with just a few. FAST scores came up and then the conversations started. One teacher shared out, "My low students can't do it". And that's where I said, in my head, "yet". Do you see how that one word changes the meaning of that statement?
Starting around Thanksgiving time all the way through February is when I notice teachers getting frustrated with themselves, with student's not progressing like they want, etc. I'm guilty of it, too. I am hard on myself. If you find yourself making those negative comments where you can't do something, add "yet" after it. Or if you hear a fellow teacher say something about how their kids can't do something, add in "yet". Observe how that one word can change a thought, and attitude, or a belief.
Katy just doesn't get this concept, yet.
Joey won't pass that level, yet.
I don't know how to do it, yet.
YET- Print this and put it somewhere as a reminder.