If you have done any reading or learning in the area of mindset, you know that the word “yet” can be a powerful game changer. It can help move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.
Help students change from saying and thinking “I can’t” to believing “I can’t yet.”
And encourage them to abandon “This doesn’t work” for “This doesn’t work yet.”
It’s a significant way to re-frame our thinking, to be sure. And it’s one that can help those who are consistently down on their own accomplishments to recognize there is always an opportunity for more.
How amazing it could be if we tackled our own personal frustrations with “yet”. How significant for an adult to model this language and embrace this belief system rather than simply saying the words to children. We know that modeling works, but somehow we don’t seem to use it as effectively and consistently as we should.
And even more powerful is what can happen when ALL of our teachers embrace this belief and demonstrate “a yet attitude”:
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