Adviser Update Adviser Update Fall 2017 - Page 25

25 From the story: “Does he really care or is he just making sure I feel valued?” different. Your head is in a better place when you know what’s going on.” A man who’s spent his life succeeding by challenging authority. We need to get over the idea that we must become selfless saints to succeed in the classroom. In the end, advisers who consistently PRETEND to value their students look exactly like advisers who TRULY value them. I’m not sure the term “overcommunicating” is used much in the classroom, but I think I did that with every great student I ever worked with (and should have done more of it). We touched base all the time, even though I was confident that he or she was going to be fine, was doing the interviews, thinking about story structure, etc. It’s a mistake to stop paying serious attention to our best students, assuming they have it going on. Schools spend so much time and effort rewarding rule followers and “pleasers” that we can forget that those kids with an “edge” may be what we really need for our publications to sparkle. You don’t have to bare your soul. You do need to practice the habits you trust, and to model the behavior of valuing all students. From the story: Kerr [makes] a conscious effort to “overcommunicate” with the players. Apparently, it works. “Being able to hear it from your coach, rather than it just happening and not knowing why, it’s And I tried to share written critiques with students, so they could think about them later, when I wasn’t around to fill in details or provide support. From the story: Draymond Green may be the Warriors’ most important player while definitely being their most volatile. But we make a mistake when we treat every student the same, just as we make a mistake when we treat each of our own children the same. People need different things, at different times, and there is no simple recipe for how to grow a great person, a great citizen, or a great leader. One kid needs TLC. Another responds to toughness and challenges. Another loves your sarcasm, even as the kid sitting nearby cringes. There is no one way to be a great coach or adviser. But there ARE better ways! I’m not saying advising or teaching will ever be easy. This goal of giving each student what