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The Power of Yet

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Grade Level Ranges:
Grades 3- 5, Grades 6 - 8, Grades 9 -12
Topic tags:
differentiation, motivation, Leadership, mindset, resilience, grit, goals, goal setting, F16TLCCT1, F17TLCHE1
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  • QS II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    • Element A: Teachers foster a predictable learning environment characterized by acceptable student behavior and efficient use of time in which each student has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults and peers.
  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
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Short article with included links, discussing the power of yet verses the use of can't. Whitman discusses what the world, or our classrooms, could be like if we only talked in powers of yet? Suzy can't add two digit numbers...yet. The football team won't win this year's championship...yet. Think of all the things we or our students could do with the mindset of yet.

Resource Links


Whitman, G. (2014, August 6). The power of yet. [Web log post]. Retrieved December 16, 2015, from

Additional notes

For further investigation of this subject, read Carol Dweck's book "Mindset."

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The power of yet teachers kids a mindset to overcome and preserver