Recently, I received the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck. The philosophy behind Dr. Dweck’s work has changed my life both personally and professionally. While the profession of teaching is one of the most rewarding, it is also one of the most evolving, always leaving room for us to grow. One of Dr. Dweck’s findings that challenges me to grow as a teacher is the power of “yet”.
After learning of the power of “yet” I wish that I took a bit more time before grading my papers. I wish that instead of a grade that has such finality, I gave only feedback and the opportunity for students to correct their papers. In the subject of writing this is common practice, but I wish I had done it in math and science as well.
Our students should know that just because they don’t understand a specific concept now, does not mean they never will. Dr. Dweck does a remarkable job of explaining how powerful one simple change in our classroom practice can be. “The Power of Yet” gives our students the motivation to keep learning and not give up. I invite you to take the time to watch this short video and consider how you will incorporate “The Power of Yet” in your classroom.
If you would like to share any thoughts or experiences with using the power of “yet” in your classroom, please leave a comment or email me at Melanie.Weitz@fldoe.org.
To read the January edition of the department’s Just For Teachers newsletter, visit http://fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7718/urlt/jftnews-feb515.pdf.
About the author: Melanie Weitz serves as the Florida Department of Education’s teacher liaison. Before joining the department, Melanie taught fifth grade for seven years in the Tampa area.