The Power of YET
This school year my boy has discovered a new superpower: “The power of yet” and his learning experience is changing so much that I have to share it with you.
If you are a teacher and you do not know this approach to teach YET, you are going to like it, if you are a parent, you are going to like it much more.
Last year, my 8 years old was really frustrated with his writting skills: his letters had always different sizes, he had difficulties to stay in the line and sometimes it was a challenge to understand what he was writing.
He was always refusing to pick a pencil and when he did it, he kept repeating :
“I won’t be able to do it. I do not like it, I do not need to learn, I will only use a computer”
This year his teacher has a new approach for developing their skills. They do not sit down in a class of 24, but in groups of 4. Every group has different levels in every skill and they help each other to develop them.
It could be maths or science, spelling or writing skills, they sit (or stand up) together with their changing groups and support each other in the learning curve.
She is very focused on developing in them a positive and growing mindset. She is using what they learned last year about “learning from mistakes” and reminds them every now and then, that learning is sometimes a struggle and they have to keep trying and pushing themselves to achieve their goal.
And then comes the incredible power of YET.
When a student says that something doesn’t make sense, she says, “…yet.”. When someone states that they don’t get it, she reminds them, “…yet”. When students ask her a question and she don’t know the answer, at the end of the sentence she adds, “…yet.”
We love each of the videos of the series, so do not forget to watch all of them later.
And if you need more people to convince you of how important yet is, you can also listen to Zoe and Elmo
or to Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford University that researches about “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems
Last night when we were having our last conversation before going to sleep, my son told me that he had been practicing “arches”.
“Do you know what that is, mum? It is like a part of a circle and it is very hard to do. I cannot do it very well”.
Then he paused and then he followed:
“I cannot do it very well, YET”
And I felt so proud of him, that I went to bed smiling.
Happy mum of two boys, always looking for the bright side of life.
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