The Beauty of the Word “Yet”

The word “Yet” is very important in our growth process. It means that we are achieving growth, but our learning is not quite finished.

Earlier this week I read Mindset by Carol Dweck. This book challenged a lot of my prior thoughts and teaching methods. I have been teaching for a little over 4 years and have always researched the best practices to keep my students engaged and involved in their own academic journey. As a high school teacher this task becomes tough, because after each assignment I give I have students craving to know their results immediately. They want to stay in a certain percentile and achieve their desired GPA, which drives them to rush through assignments just for the “Grade”. They want that A or B so bad that they are not interested in the actual assignment and learning that is taking place. Dweck even says, , “First of all, we can praise wisely, not praising intelligence or talent. That has failed. Don’t do that anymore. But praising the process that kids engage in: their effort, their strategies, their focus, their perseverance, their improvement. This process praise creates kids who are hardy and resilient.”

The word “Yet” is life changing.

What is so Important about the word Yet?

By using the word “Yet”  and “Not Yet” we will begin changing their mindset. This will make the feedback process positive because students will be rewarded overtime for their strategies, preserverance and endeavors. Students will hopefully beging focusing on their individual growth, rather than just getting an “A”. 

  • The word “Yet” means that students are progressing and improving over time. It lets students know that being successful will take time and hardwork. It wont always be an over night process or immediate results.
  • Whenever a student does not get the “A” or “B’ that they are expecting the word ‘Yet” lets hem know that they are still growing and improving. “Yet” is a key tool in adopting a growth mindset.

As Educators we must change our Vocabulary in the Classroom, to achieve Growth.

Growth Mindset Resources

My main goal is for my students and myself to adopt a growth mind set. In order to do this I will be using E-portfolios to measure our individual growth.

I have done an adequate amount of research, which involves my plan for E-portfolios and my students. The Google drive link below is open and available to anyone who is interested in reading about my plan.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-2GS5-GoLEoCHCuwIkz_LtpmDpgA59nwZbHT7N_lZdI/edit

My Four Step Process

There will be a large amount of reflecting and journaling that I will be participating in, so that I can adopt not only adopt a “Growth Mindset” but also so that I will be able to teach my students the importance of a “Growth Mindset”.

The 4 steps that Carol Dweck explains are:

  1. Step 1: Learn to hear your fixed mindset “voice.”
  2. Step 2: Recognize that you have a choice.
  3. Step 3: Talk back to it with a growth mindset voice.
  4. Step 4: Take the growth mindset action.

Why are these important?

  • These 4 steps are important, because they will correct and reassure me that I am taking the right route. Sometimes as people we second guess ourselves, but by asking ourselves tough questions and motivating ourselves to do better we will improve and grow. We will not excel if things are constantly simplified and easy. Growth comes from being challenged and pushing ourselves to be better.
  • Step 1: Will be the toughest task for me, because I always doubt myself. Whenever I want to try something new and innovative, sometimes there is a voice in my head that says, “Girl you know you can’t do that.” I will have to start ignoring this voice and replacing “Can’t” with “Can”.
  • Step 2: After I change the “voice” in my head that tells me what I am not capable of, then I will remember that it is my choice to change my mindset. I have to remember that hard work and persistence will get me to the places that I want to go. I have th choice to create my own path and success.
  • Step 3: When I block out the negative “voice” and choose to adopt my “growth mindset” I will then create my plan that I will follow. To follow my plan I will make sure that I write it on paper or type it up on my computer. I need to be able to see my plan daily, so it needs to be easily accessible and visible.
  • Step 4: This is the most important step. I will remember to take charge and put my “growth mindset” to use. I will follow through with my plan and take part in all of the work. This may include receiving feedback from others, challenging tasks and barriers, but I have to stay focused.