The Power of YET

power of yetOne of the toughest hills that we (teachers and students) have to climb is self-defeating thoughts.  You know the ones I mean:

“I’ll never be able to do it.”

“I’ll never be as good at it as (insert name of favourite all-star) is.”

“I’m just not good at (insert name of your least favourite subject).”

We beat ourselves up.  We compare ourselves to others.  We decide, when we’ve barely started, that we just won’t, just can’t, be successful.  We treat ourselves in ways that we would never ever treat a friend.

When I saw this video by singer Janelle Monae and the Muppets from Sesame Street, something clicked for me.  The “Power of YET“.

We all need to give ourselves a break.  We need to accept that just because we can’t do something YET doesn’t mean we’ll never be able to do it.  Learning is a lifelong process.  No one knows everything, or can do everything successfully at one time.  That’s why, in my first year of “throwing out grades” I’ve focused so much on formative feedback.  The message is, you may not be able to do a task or demonstrate a skill perfectly YET, but the more you’re willing to learn, the closer you’ll get to YET.

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