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Hear from Taylor Burkett about teaching students about the growth mindset and power of "yet."

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Meet Taylor Burkett

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We encourage kids to think about how they can make things better. When they find something difficult, we like for them to think outside of the box and to ask themselves, ‘How can I work through this and solve this problem?’ One day, a student brought me a 3D apple she designed. She gave me something you see every day, but she used her imagination to create it herself.


  • 5th Grade Teacher


  • University of Missouri-Columbia


    Teacher Certification Program

    Why I Teach

    I decided to become a teacher because I want to help children set and accomplish their goals. I believe each child has a dream of what they want their future to look like, and I want to be the one to support them along the way to fulfilling that dream!

    As a teacher, you learn about each student and their personal, social and academic strengths and weaknesses. You have the ability and the opportunity to support them in each area. Separating your personal feelings for each student from their situation can be difficult at times, and you have to understand you are doing everything you can to support them. Know that your best is enough.

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