The Power of Yet

|Kelly Tenkely|

I used to think that there would be an age where I would suddenly have it all figured out.  A certain age that I would turn and suddenly be “adult” and know exactly how to make investments, and do my job, pay taxes, change a tire, negotiate a deal, what to wear to a “business casual” event, what to say to someone who is hurting. I often observe others and find myself wondering, how do they have it all figured out? You know these people (maybe you are one), those who seem to know what to do and how to fit into any situation. The older that I get, the more I recognize that none of us really has it ALL figured out.

We are all in process.

There is freedom that comes with that realization and I find myself wondering how different the future would be for kids if they understood the power of yet.

We don’t know it…yet.
We haven’t mastered it…yet.

Yet is a powerful word. It allows for failure and mistakes, but it is a mistake with a promise. We will get better. It will become easier.

If kids recognize this as part of the learning process, failure doesn’t feel like an endpoint. It becomes part of the “yet” process.

Yet is a wonderful place to be. It is where possibility exists. It is where we find flow. It is the place learning happens. We shouldn’t be afraid of yet, but instead look at the hopeful optimism driven by yet.

So, when a child struggles, it isn’t because they can’t, but because they haven’t mastered it…yet.

At Anastasis we’re are declaring the last semester of school the “semester of yet.” We will challenge kids to think about what they will do to move their “yet” forward. How will they keep their “yet” from laying dormant or becoming stagnant?

Over the spring break, I’ve read two incredible books (both very much recommended): A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger and the smartest kids in the world by Amanda Ripley
Both books emphasize the importance of this idea of yet. Both books note the power of questioning to move that yet forward. Anastasis is a school powered by questions. The more I engage in the art of questioning, the more I recognize the importance of being a questioner. Questioning isn’t taught at most schools, nor is it rewarded (only the memorized answers are). There is an enormous amount of research that shows just how important the ability to question [well] is. “Questions are the engines of intellect-cerebral machines that convert curiosity into controlled inquiry.” – David Hackett Fischer
Paul Harris, a child psychologist at Harvard, notes that children ask on average 40,000 questions between the ages of 2 to 5. These questions lead to a quadrillion connections (synapses) in the brain. This is more than 3 times the number of connections in the adult brain. Harris speculates that this decline is related to the decline of asking questions. Of recognizing the power of yet. Too often we begin to think of ourselves as experts. When you are an expert you stop thinking because you already know. Those who believe in yet know that there are always more questions, new angles and lenses to think about.

What makes Anastasis teachers unique among educators, is their understanding of the power of yet. They believe (with good reason) that your children are capable beyond a set of standards. They see genius in the yet.

As we enter into the last semester of the year, may you recognize the power of yet. It is what keeps us going as scientists, inventors, writers, artists, mathematicians, geographers, historians, and change makers. If you notice your kids running out of steam (it’s too hard, the expectation is too much, “I can’t”), remind them of the power of yet!

This year I’ve been reminded again and again by “experts” in education, parents, and visitors to Anastasis just how revolutionary what we do with your kids is. This is the school teachers dream of, reformers wish they could duplicate, and parents stretch to afford. Thank you for being such an enormous part of what makes Anastasis the amazing place that it is. We couldn’t do what we do without your support! As a school, we too continue to live in the power of yet.

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Students Serving Denver: Student Reflections

Yesterday we went delivering meals to people who can’t get out of their homes or who need the help. We went to ten homes. My favorite one was a guy who had a puppy. It was an American Bulldog.

I had a few connections. It reminded me of Juárez. They are also happy which made me happy. We went to a cool grocery option called the Grow Haus. It was also a greenhouse. We had a lot of fun serving. It was a good experience.

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Yesterday we delivered meals on the wheels. It was great! The people I gave the meals to where Hispanic. One person named Rosa was not even the one getting the meals, she was the neighbor. When I saw the the lady with a bent back I knew what I was doing was the right thing. When we went in the only fresh food store it was cool that this community was teaching how to cook fresh food. That trip was a great experience to learn about different communities.

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I learned while serving at Meals on Wheels that some people live in small houses and they actually know their neighbors well.  I thought it was cool we could be a part of helping people who can’t get out of their house so we deliver food to them.

We also got to go to the Grow Haus and see where they shop because there is no grocery store. The Grow Haus grows all of the food there and bakes all the bread. We went to 10 houses and we met the people and we went in the houses. you would think the houses would be dirty, but they were not. They were clean and bigger than you would think.

I am helping other people and that is what you should do. The people are nice, but some people think of them as dirty people who have no money. I would go on this field trip every day and I would not get bored.

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I think Meals On Wheels was an awesome place to go! I enjoyed it because you got to do what the Lord wanted you to do, SERVE! It made me think I want to be a missionary when I grow up because I love seeing their smiles on their faces and knowing how their lives been and some of their stories. They are so so sweet and nice and serving them felt great! I loved seeing where they grow their foods and also I loved learning how all the cycles go into place.

Yesterday, we helped with a service called Meals on Wheels, and we delivered meals to people who can’t always go out to get them or are handicapped.

When we where delivering them, I thought their houses were a lot different than our houses. When comparing them, their houses were a little run down and had a lot of things all over.

The people inside the houses you may think were mean, but when you talk to them, they are really really really sweet and nice.

It was also super super super nice because one of the ladies got the food for her neighbors.

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Yesterday we delivered food to people’s houses through an organization called Meals On Wheels. We went to people who didn’t have a grocery store near them, so it’s hard to get food. The houses were little. Some of them were pretty nice.

Most people were very grateful for what they got. I was surprised about how nice they all were. Since there was no grocery store near them they had a place called the Grow Haus. The Grow Haus is a place where they grow food in a huge green house, then they sell it very cheep. Everybody there was so nice. They also teach the people how to cook the food into yummy meals. After that we went to a few more houses and then we went back to school.

This experience made me feel happy and good about myself. Mrs. Gibson also came that same day. She talked about her experiences with homeless people. One of the homeless people that was apart of her life was named Felicia. Although she was a drug addict, Mrs. Gibson still loved her. Felicia was so open to Mrs. Gibson and was willing to share her story. Felicia was like the people we met at meals on wheels. They were so open to share with us there story’s. They just invited us right into there house. Even though some of them are dirty houses. They didn’t care. I think the point of this was to try to open to more people in lower positions than us. They all have story’s and there all people.

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Yesterday we helped serve meals on wheels. Meals on wheels is a program that helps the people that can’t get food on their own. My teacher was driving the school van with all my class mates in the van. We served to the people one hot meal and a sack lunch with milk. We went to ten homes. One guy that really stood out to me was well I did not know his name but he had a American Bulldog puppy and if you don’t know me that well I love animals, back to the little pup she had one blue eye and one brown eye and her name was blue because of her one blue eye. But something with Blue’s story really stood out to me, her mom and dad lived across from the owner of blue, Blue and her owner looked like they really cared about each other. The neighbors seemed like they were a family and they were not scared to let someone in there house.

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On Monday we went to go to deliver food to people who can’t really get out of there house. I connected to this because we served.  I kind of made me a little nervous because I’ve never seen these people before and been to that area.

We delivered to lots of people and got to have very short conversations we stopped by this place called the grow haus.  They grow so much stuff there like tomatoes potatoes and had aquaponics to.

My class delivered to two houses. We delivered to ten houses.  We came back and ate these floweres we got from the grow haus.  We tried them and it was SO SPICY!!!!  My friend Samantha spit it out and drank lots of water.

We had a surprise guest who came it was my friend Charliegh’s mom.  She talked to us about these homeless people she met. the first one was her in California she was jogging on the beach and saw thins homeless lady she pretended to stop and tie her shoe and stretch.  She said hello but there was no response. she said hello again there was no response.  So she came back the next day and walked up to her this time Mrs Gibson said hello she said hello back.  They had a big conversation. Mrs Gibson walked back to her apartment. she came back the next day she was gone. Mrs Gibson ran to the police station and said have you seen this woman.  Do you know her last name. she said no we can’t track her down.  Mrs Gibson never saw her again.

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We are Anastasis (Student Post)

Anastasis is a school based on technology, freedom, faith, community, and self-expression.
Within Anastasis, we get to learn how to be ourselves in a world that wants us to conform.  We have fun when we work. When we have a question, we learn to dig deeper into it and not only find the answer, but find other questions. We base our education on experience. We believe that the best way to learn is out in the real world, because that’s where all of our learning will eventually come into play. I love the freedom that Anastasis enables us to have. The idea of holistic learning plays a huge role in Anastasis Academy, because we take our learning to places other than just math, reading, and science. We learn all about Christian studies, real-life experiences, and how to love others. I love Anastasis Academy because it gave me the courage to shoot for the stars.

I am creative.
I am innovative.
I am Anastasis.

By 8th Grade Student: Abbey W

We are Anastasis

Anastasis Academy is not your everyday private school. We promote freedom and inquiry, and we strive to be creative and innovative through technology. Self-expression is a key factor at Anastasis, and we crave to keep imagination alive. This school is unique and fun, and we have a strong sense of community. This is not a school that is obsessed with labels, so there isn’t a significant border between, say, the eighth and the second grades. Our school is built on holistic learning, which means we are learning as a whole. It also means that we are being developed not only educationally, but personally. Before I came here, I was failing out of school and felt like I was at a breaking point, especially the year that my father died. It was an act of sheer serendipity that I found myself here. I had no self-confidence, and I just felt like I was completely incompetent. Anastasis has built up my confidence so much, and I am genuinely happy and comfortable at this school. I revel daily in the sheer majesty of this school. We are also objective and look at things from different angles before judging. We are free to learn at our own paces, and questions are always welcomed. Anastasis taught me to love learning and always strive to ask good questions. Our belief is that we should not focus so much on the right answer, but on the journey to find the answer. Learning both inside and outside of our classrooms are what nurture our minds and keep them always longing to know more. As you can tell, Anastasis Academy is unique in terms of education. We are creative; innovative; Anastasis.

By 8th grade student, Emma P.