in capitals –
stick, stick, stick, space, stick, stick, stick, stick, space, stick, stick
straight lines and angles.
in lower case –
stick, stick, stick, curved, stick, stick, stick
lines, angles and curves.
for visible thinking
Yet for students:
Confidence and purpose.
Encourages goal setting
and a plan to reach goals.
Honors all student processing.
Becomes a way of life –
trajectory of students.
Means not right now,
Know that they won’t
run out of time.
Yet for teachers:
Gives us room
to expand and / or
Adjust our teaching and thinking.
A way to show students
we want to stand by them
and we will help them get there.
Lets students and teachers
grow and learn,
Bets on students and teachers
to do the best that they can, so
All have met the power
of a growth mindset
with multiple materials
and multiple opportunities
“Yet” opens doors that “can’t” wants to close.
What does the word “yet” mean to you?
[Tweets that were used for the creation of this content poem can be found here. Thank you Dorothy Barnhouse and Kylene Beers for your illuminating quotes during our 04.22.14 Twitter book chat (#WRRDchat) discussing What Readers Really Do!]
This is my celebratory 100th post with over 25,000 hits since October of 2012! Thank you, READERS!
Oh Fran. Your close careful look at the word yet. From how it’s formed (sticks and spaces) to what it allows us to be, to do and hope for. Love the power of your last line: “Yet” opens doors that “can’t” wants to close. It should be posted in every classroom and school office! (Parents need a healthy dose of yet too!)
Thanks, Julieanne. I was looking for a more “fun” way to complete this week’s #TeacherPoets work!
That last perfect line was Kylene’s and I agree that it is a total gem!
AND congratulations on your 100th post! AND more impressively the 25,000 hits! WOW.
Thanks! I was totally shocked. I remember wondering, “Who would ever want to read this?”
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Thanks for the shout out on your blog! the word “yet” has opened up so many possibilities!
The poem magnifies the power of “yet.” I love that word. It has helped both the students and me to take risks and grow as learners. Congratulations on your 100th post!
Thanks, Terje. I agree that “Yet” has helped with risk taking and allowed greater growth for learners (young and old)!
I am still amazed at the 100 posts! Wow!
Heartfelt congrats on your anniversary post at 100. An accomplishment many of us take time to enjoy and benefit from. And only 100…yet! Heard Carol Dweck speak in the fall and she shared that ‘yet’ was her new favorite word and explained multiple ways it fits into the Growth Mindset lexicon. Cheers to you Fran
Thanks so much for commenting! Love Carol Dweck’s “Mindset.” You are right, only 100 . . . yet!
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