Some of these are strategies recommended to use in every interaction you have with a student (*); some are to be used once in a while.
1. *Ask the student for permission to offer them advice. Don’t assume you have the right to offer advice to every student just because you are the grown-up and assigned authority figure. When adults offer advice without asking permission first, it shows a degree of arrogance or ignorance that is off-putting to students. Even if they don’t show outright disrespect, the student is not likely to take to heart or head what you have to offer. Empower your advice, and gain the student’s regard, by asking the student if you may offer your perspective as wise counsel. And thank the student for the gift they gave you for being permitted to offer your advice.
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