A few years back, I wrote in my Wednesday Thoughts that it is important for our students to learn how to advocate for themselves. I could write every year about it. Not only is it important, but it is also part of the skills we wish our students learn to do effectively while they are with us. Our objective is for our students to own their education and help others understand how they learn. I recently had my own experience where I was learning some new techniques with some of the exercise equipment at the gym. I was having trouble with one exercise, and the instructor kept asking me to move my leg from one angle to another. He said, “just move your left leg about four inches to the left”. On the surface, that is a simple request, but it was more complicated largely because my body was being supported by the leg, and I believed if I moved, I would completely fall. I asked the trainer to restate it using his hands to create a visual of where my leg should be in relation to my shoulder, which was key to the move, and the transfer of power to complete the exercise. I said “I need to see what you are trying to do”. Do you have a picture? Can you demonstrate for me? I used the technique of asking for what I need, and I was able to be successful.