To Help Students Learn, Prepare Them to Accept Change

"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance." -Nathaniel Branden

As an educator, I've found that students usually don't like change, especially when it involves changing their habits or daily routine. The reason why is that they rely upon those habits and patterns of working in a particular manner to meet the requirements of each class, and the idea of having to change in some form can create a mental roadblock or barrier to their progress.

Students may also not recognize a need to make changes in how they work or perform on their own, until it has been brought to their attention by the instructor, through feedback or direct interactions in class, and they may or may not be willing to accept it at first - unless they have a productive working relationship with their instructor.

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