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 want most in life? In other words, what are your GOALS, your Hopes and Dreams for your future?
Follow Up Question
Q/A: How do your daily choices align with these Goals, Desires, Hopes and Dreams?
(If they don’t line up, you have a good intention not a goal.)
The culture around us constantly tempts us with the latest greatest short-term satisfactions. Think back to when you were a teen, your parents wanted you to do THIS (they had a long-term view based on experience) and you wanted to do THAT (short-term view based on the lack of experience).
To get around this thinking, I created a unit Goals or Good Intentions based on the book The Principle of the Path, How to get from where you are to where you want to be. Your path leads to a predictable destination.
SO, WHAT IS YOUR PATH?
DO YOU HAVE A PATH?
In every unit I teach (Personality Style, Self-Image, No Techniques, Decision Making, Nutrition, Drugs, Sex Ed, you name it), I always go back to what they want. I remind them that “you have choices”. Evaluate what is more important—Cost/benefit analysis. What will it cost for you to achieve what you want most? What will it cost you to do something that takes you away from your hopes and dreams? Get them thinking everyday. Make health class all about them.
I like to begin each class with what I call Q/A. I use it for: