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Encourage Student Self-advocacy


Overtly encouraging all students to seek support, ask questions, and advocate for what they believe in creates a safe space for risk-taking and skill development. Fostering an environment for self-advocacy helps students to take ownership of their own learning needs and fosters identity development.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch these high school students spend the day at their state capitol to voice their opinions and advocate for their beliefs. Learners are authentically making their voices heard and becoming changemakers in their communities.

  • When students practice advocating for themselves and what they believe in, they develop their Metacognition and sense of voice. To support students in developing these skills, teachers can create opportunities for students to express their opinions, arguments, and beliefs. Teachers can also provide students with opportunities to work together to brainstorm solutions to these issues through collaborative discussion.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how products like GoSoapBox use anonymity to help students feel comfortable asking questions or for help. Students experience fewer barriers to showing that they do not understand something when they can ask questions in a more private manner.

  • Providing a help option to access more information or instructions is a way of creating a virtual environment that invites help-seeking behaviors. In addition, providing ample opportunities for learners to digitally ask questions to their teachers and peers also promotes continual question-asking behaviors.
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