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The Power of Yet

posted Nov 7, 2018, 6:26 AM by Brenda Williams
As I ventured through classrooms this past week, I had more than one student come up and share how they used the power of yet. Their pride in sharing this was evident, but what was the true lesson is the honoring that we all learn at different times and in different ways. For this month’s Patriot Perspective, YET will guide the journey through the start of the 2018-19 school year at EV.

Your mindset affects how you approach difficult or challenging tasks. At EV this year, the staff and students are not just learning about growth mindset, but are putting it into action. Growth mindset is the belief that intelligence is something we can grow, and to embrace risk-taking and failures as an opportunity to learn. October’s focus was growth mindset. This year the classroom read I shared was Making a Splash by Carol E. Reiley. The focus is on swimming, mindset, and learning through challenges. It had a message on each page about mindset to add to the story. Students connected the message to challenges at school and adding the power of yet when things are tough. The book shares the message that when we struggle in learning, our brains get stronger - embrace the struggle. We even talked about teaching adults at home, so if you have said, “I can’t do this,” your student may have added the word “yet”

EV continues toward becoming a high reliability school as another area of growth. The first level that must exist in such a school is a safe and collaborative culture. The heart and soul of this rests in our PRIDE expectations and procedures along with staff collaborating in weekly professional learning communities (PLCs). It is with reflection and honesty (growth mindset), that we turn a lens on EVerything we do to see where improvement is needed. We have asked for feedback from staff and parents and in upcoming weeks we will be asking students their thoughts. We celebrate the hardworking staff and all the wonderful aspects of EV. Our goal is not just to be good, but to be great.

To highlight a few additional growth mindset areas at EV, we are implementing Benchmark Advance to provide a rich, rigorous ELA experience for our students. In addition, every classroom has a new interactive board for enriching the learning experience. In kindergarten and first grade, we have implemented a push-in reading intervention that is providing intentional double dip in reading foundational skills to support students. An additional element is the ENVoY training that many of our teachers and paras have had that focus on non-verbals and visuals in all areas of EV. Two of our teachers, Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Mellin, have already achieved certification in ENVoY this year.

Carol Dweck states, “In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So, rather than thinking I’m going to reveal my weakness, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow.” At EV we celebrate chances to grow; the yet moments because we know it impacts all we do for EVery child, EVery day!

-- Melissa Hesch, Eagle View Elementary Principal