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Give choices

Why should I do it:

  • Way of empowering the student
  • Prevents power struggle

 

When should I do it:

  • When a student is reluctant to do something
  • When a student is stuck on making a decision

 

How do I do it:

  • Speak in calm, neutral tone.
  • Provide the student with two choices that you will fully accept. Ex: “you can either do your work sitting at your desk or sitting at the table”
  • Have the student decide in ten seconds, or you will choose for them. Ex: “I give you a lot of choices and if a choice isn’t made within 10 seconds, I will choose for you”  (this prevents the choosing process from going on all day)

 

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