FCPS Advanced Academics Supervisor Meg Lee has been a champion for using a growth mindset in our schools and district. This year, she is bringing an important element of a growth mindset alive by sharing "YET" across the system.
Successful people know how to persevere to reach a goal. They know that any failure provides a learning opportunity that allows us to improve, to refine, or to try a new direction. These qualities are sometimes referred to as having "grit."
When I was first introduced to Carol Dweck’s book, A Growth Mindset, and as I participated in professional learning opportunities led by Meg Lee, I could see the value this work would bring to our school system’s efforts to eliminate the achievement gap. Many teachers and administrators across FCPS have come to realize the importance of a growth mindset as well. As I travel to classrooms across the county, I am excited to see messages on bulletin boards and posters that reinforce a growth mindset.
So, this year, as Meg Lee began presenting staff with sets of "YET," I was delighted! The power that word can convey for students and staff cannot be underestimated. Not only is Meg delivering these beautifully crafted "YET" sets; she is also delivering a post card with important YET reminders:
- We haven’t learned this YET
- We haven’t exceeded the standard YET
- We haven’t discovered the solution YET
- We haven’t met all goals YET
- We didn’t apply this strategy YET
- We didn’t take an academic risk YET
- We aren’t finishing growing YET
- We haven’t considered this option YET
- We haven’t solved this dilemma YET
- We haven’t looked at all possibilities YET
- We haven’t let go of old ways of thinking YET
- We don’t have the answers YET
- We aren’t finished growing YET
Today, Meg presented me with an awesome set of "YET" for my office. I am so grateful and thrilled because I believe in the power of YET! I hope you will consider joining all of us for the FCPS Year of YET because…we have not eliminated the achievement gap YET!
Do you have a powerful "yet" statement of your own? I’d love to hear from you on Twitter @FCPSMDSuper. And if you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter.