Do you have a hard time letting go of control in the classroom? 

Letting go isn’t easy. It requires trust and confidence in our learners, while we take a backstage role in the classroom.

But when we do, we unlock unlimited student potential.

Yvette Larson, a PYP teacher and future mindset guru, has a classroom full of unlocked potential; with 30+ self-directed students, and 30+ projects happening at the same time. In this short episode, Yvette teaches us how she creates this kind of magic, and builds future mindsets through the story of her Winter Fair Project and how to:

  • Trust in the process.
  • Ask the right questions, rather than providing all the answers.
  • Wait….and then wait some more.
  • Lead learning with WONDER.
  • Turn over control of our classroom to students, and still maintain our sanity.
  • Build future mindsets in students by starting with what they care about.

Connect with Yvette: LinkedIN



Yvette’s Bio: Yvette is an international Swede, born above the Arctic Circle, in Swedish Lapland, by Sami ancestry, with over 20 years of international experience, a polyglot, a nature lover who inspires others to live their best lives and take care of the earth. She is a very open-minded and informal person. Yvette is the co-founder of AHA! Accelerating Education, a science-based platform that seeks to boost human potential with the help of applied neuroscience, and provide tools for learners in the 21st century. AHA! Seeks to explore questions like: “What does it mean to be human in a global age of technology” and “What happens if we educate the heart first and foremost?”. AHA!  encompasses Learning and Education Innovation and Foresight.  Yvette is the country LEAD Sweden for LearnLife, a global hub for innovators in education.  She is also an IB Educator at the International School of Helsingborg, Sweden.

Yvette’s recent works revolve around being a member of the Hundred Advisory Board for the Social-Emotional Spotlight in partnership with Lego. She also co-founded a PBL-based global Hackathon for youth, where young people have a say on what education in the 21st century should be. She co-created The Future Mindset Program © with a focus on the upskilling of competencies to become more resilient and adapt to the fast-paced world we live in, she co-developed The AHA! Wellbeing Program that promotes Youth Health, Social-Emotional Learning, and Educator Well-being. Yvette is passionate about many things that start with a C: courage, curiosity, collaboration, communication, care, community, and creativity.