Create role playing situations where students need to ask for something they need. Have students in squads brainstorm scenarios, and act them out. The rest of the class will explain what they either did 'right', or how they could have advocated better. Take this activity a step further and have students advocate for another student in a positive way through a scenario.
Possible scenarios might include:
Covering the basics...
When is a good time to ask a teacher for a missing assignment?
When is it a bad time?
If you've forgotten materials for your class, when should you mention it?
If you were absent the last class- when should you let your teacher know?
Think of a time last year you did not ask for help when you needed some- what happened?
As the leaders of the school, how can you help younger students?
Do you remember a time last year when you needed help but did not ask an older student- why not?
How can you make yourself approachable to younger students who need help?
What does self-advocacy look like?
You have a lot of new teachers this year, and preparing to move to a new school next year. Think about different questions you may have of the teachers, other students, and routines. Practice with your court asking one of those questions...
1. Ask yourself, “Can I do this alone?”
2. If not, raise your hand.
3. Wait. Say to yourself, “I know I can wait without talking.”
4. Ask for help in a friendly way. What does this look like?
Follow these steps in your regular classes as well. Remember, you are almost never the only one with a question!