As I was writing this in my classroom yesterday a.m., a tear came to my eye as I remembered a phenomenal teacher l worked with, Karen Landers, many moons ago. Before there was ever mention of growth mindset, she taught me, by example, the importance of these very words. Up high, paper clipped to her blinds, was the word “YET” in giant letters. I witnessed what that meant to her and her fifth graders as I worked with her in her room each day as a literacy coordinator. She was not about bling or recognition. Deep down she believed what she preached and practiced it every day. She long since retired and has passed away. I often think of her and wonder if she knew how much of an impact she had on so many. One was me. As I see all of the growth mindset things flood blogs and TpT, I think about how Mrs. Landers was so ahead of her time. I have since always tried to help my students, whatever grade, internalize what she taught me so long ago. She would have loved this.
I adapted it for my kids from https://biglifejournal.com/products/growth-mindset-poster