Ideas are part of the value I bring with me to a campus, and I constantly think of where creativity and inspiration breathe three-dimensionality into the practice of academic advising. It is not just the advisor and student who live, it is the energy of their collaborative session. I hope for things to grow from that session for the student, and for myself as the teacher. When I reread The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz a couple of months ago, I could not help but reflect on how these four wisdom practices can show up in my work with students.
I wondered what it might look like if The Four Agreements re-framed communication and collaborative relationships with students. Could understanding these principles invite active agency and resilience into the student learning experience? Perhaps.
The foundation of these agreements speak to language as a code, with every letter and word being an agreement. Domestication is an ongoing human experience that tames and too often can dampen the spirit and mind. Through societal, familial, and a host of other agreements people make with their selves and others, programming or one's personality develops. When academic advisors see agreements and learning as interlocking pieces, they can help students drill down to their deeply held beliefs about what is known (or unknown) and how thinking makes it so. But when students really own these teachings, they can master learning.
In order, The Four Agreements are:
I am looking for individuals to collaborate with on a study and/or presentation applying the four agreements as a lens to boost positive academic advising experiences across multicultural student populations. Please contact me with any interest. Recommendations and feedback are always welcomed!
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