06/12/2019

Q/A: Are You a Faithful Person

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A:  Faithfulness is one of the most important qualities in a person’s life.  A faithful person is trustworthy and reliable.  If you were a faithful person, describe the behaviors/characteristics you would be demonstrating everyday. After you students provide what they consider faithful behaviors provide the list below.  These are characteristics of a faithful person.    Challenge […]
05/29/2019

Q/A: Your plan is to ruin your life. What habits, attitudes, choices will successfully get the job done—a ruined, unhappy miserable life.

I like to begin class with a Q/A.    Q/A is a question, or an idea to be explored. Here is an example:  Nobody plans to ruin their life. However, people do ruin their life because they didn’t plan NOT to ruin their life.  It about the choices we make when we are young, naive, foolish and/or inexperienced.   Q/A:  Your plan is to ruin your life.   What habits/attitudes/choices  will successfully get the job done—a ruined, unhappy miserable life. […]
04/26/2019

Why Are We Having Measles Outbreaks?

I like to begin each class with what I call Q/A.  I use it for: a way to get the students in their seats, on task and thinking. time for me to complete tasks necessary for each class- roll etc. an activity that is a smooth transition into the day’s lesson or a review of previous material. It’s 10% of their final grade. Q/A:  Measles —among the most contagious diseases—had been eliminated in the U.S. since 2000.    SSSOOOOO, Why […]
04/17/2019

Q/A: To Eat or Not to Eat

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A:  During the Thanksgiving season the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged the “U.S. consumers not to eat any Romaine lettuce, retailers and restaurants not to serve or sell any” until the current E. Coli outbreak is resolved.  This was on the local and national news for several days.  Two weeks later I didn’t […]
04/06/2019

Q/A: What Really Matters in Life

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A:  What do you really enjoy in life and what gives it meaning? Write 5 examples. In short, what really matters (and what doesn’t matter).   Write the student examples on the board.  Compare them with the thoughts (below) of children who were nearing the end of the time on earth.   Teacher Note Dr Alastair […]
03/20/2019

Q/A: Where Does Anger fit in Your Life?

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A: Where does anger fit in your life? Anger is a strong feeling of intense displeasure, hostility as a result of a real or imagined threat, insult, frustration or injustice toward yourself or others important to you.  It is a destructive emotion that affects a person physically, emotionally and destroys relationships because it makes you want […]
03/07/2019

Q/A What Do You Regret

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A:    In Daniel Gilbert’s 2006 Book, “Stumbling on Happiness,”  Mr Gilbert writes:  “In the long run, people of every age, and in every walk of life seem to regret not having done things much more than they regret things they did. In the spirit of Daniel Gilbert’s book,  What is your greatest regret? Was it […]
02/20/2019

Q/A: Are We Becoming Too Quick to be Offended? Baby it’s Cold Outside

I like to begin class with a Q/A. A Q/A is a question or ideas to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A: Are we becoming people who are too quick to be offended? The 2018 Christmas controversy was a song that has been in the standard rotation of Christmas classics replayed each December on car radios and in the malls. Baby, it’s Cold Outside was written by a prolific Broadway composer in 1944.  The song won an Academy Award […]
02/08/2019

Q/A: Feeling Down? Pay Attention to Your Language

  I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. It is also: A way to get the students in their seats, on task and thinking. It gives me time to complete tasks necessary for each class-roll etc. It is also an activity that is a smooth transition into the day’s lesson or a review of previous material. Here is an example: Q/A  Feeling Down?  Pay Attention to Your Language.  […]

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