But, at professional development session recently with Dylan Wiliam, author of “Embedded formative assessment”, he mentioned a word he ranks as the most important word in education. “Yet.”
It is a simple word that carries a powerful message.
Consider the child who says “I can’t do this.” The educator’s response is “Yet."
The message is clear - this simple word sends powerful messages;
- You may not be able to do this task now, but with effort and practice you will be able to.
- You have the capacity to do this.
- You can improve.
- You can get better.
- You can and will learn.
- Making an excuse is not an escape -you can and will learn this thing.
What a simple way to deliver a powerful message - possibly the most effective way of sending this message I’ve come across - yet.
Readers might like to read a longer and more detailed post on a similar theme - “The more I practice the luckier I get - mindset” here.