"Appreciative Advising is the intentional collaborative practice of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials"
- Jennifer Bloom
Dr. Jennifer Bloom and Dr. Nancy Archer started the appreciative advising movement.
This model is a platform to assist students who are experiencing many different challenges.
This applies to social, personal, and education challenges. Each phase assists the
advisors to connect with students, understand the student’s perspective and challenges,
and assist the student in planning and executing actions to reach a desired goal.
Disarm: Make a positive first impression with the student, build rapport, and create a safe, welcoming space.
Discover: Ask positive open-ended questions that help advisers learn about students' strengths, skills, and abilities.
Dream: Inquire about students' hopes and dreams for their futures.
Design: Co-create a plan for making their dreams a reality.
Deliver: The student delivers on the plan created during the Design phase and the adviser is available to encourage and support students.
Don’t Settle: Advisers and students alike need to set their own internal bars of expectations high.
Appreciative Advising is the intentional collaborative practice of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials.
Recognizing the importance of first impressions, create a safe, welcoming environment for students.
Utilize positive open - ended questions to draw out what they enjoy doing, their strengths, and their passions. Listen to each answer carefully before asking the next positive question.
Help students formulate a vision of what they might become, and then assist them in developing their life and career goals.
Help students devise concrete, incremental, and achievable goals.
The student follows through on their plans. The advisor is there for them when they stumble, believing in them every step of the way, and helping them continue to update and refine their dreams as they go.
The advisor challenges the student to proactively raise the student's internal bar of self - expectations.