Michelle and I were determined to change her mind-set. Over the next couple of months, I worked with Michelle during the first 10 minutes of every homework session. She became very attentive during our “Get Smart” lesson plan when we would discuss a "growth mindset" [the idea that one's intelligence is malleable and can grow]. Over the next couple of months, Michelle started to improve by using just one word. I noticed that whenever Michelle faced a challenge, she corrected herself and started to say "I can't do this problem...YET."
The word is simple, but it offers hope and it offers the will to try. I realized that Beyond the Bell has had a huge impact on how many of my students approached challenges. The “Get Smart” lesson plans have been an incredible way to show students, as well as myself, that once you think you can do something, you also start to believe you can do it!