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 Would Make You Happy? Explain why.
B. Cool Stuff
E. A Great Body
Q/A: Does what you think will make you happy an indication of what you value the most? Yes No Explain your answer
Something to explore. There are many people who have fame, fortune and success and are miserable. I bet your students can name names. I’m thinking Justin Bieber. At 17, or 18 he had every measure of success: fame, fortune, women, popularity, drugs and it was too much. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-49562637
Something to explore. Did any student mention GOODNESS? How much is GOODNESS valued? Have you ever thought about Goodness? Explain what you think goodness is.
(Goodness is the quality of being a morally good or virtuous person.. It involves a constant battle with our flawed human nature: our urges, appetites and innate weakness. In order to be a good person, you have to do something good which takes a lot of effort. It is a lot easier to do the wrong thing like follow the crowd, cancel someone, look the other way or worse. What’s difficult is to do good. It’s as hard for adults as it is for kids. )
Have you ever been to a funeral? You know what people talk about? They talk/cry about their memories of what a good person the deceased was. How well he/she treated others, how kind, thoughtful, generous, patient he/she was. All the person’s flaws, poor or criminal behavior are either not mentioned or glossed over. Once you are dead, goodness is the most important thing. Goodness is the most important memory. Current classic example: George Floyd’s funeral.
Q/A: If you died tomorrow. What would your family and friends talk about?
Goodness—to be continue
I like to begin each class with what I call Q/A. I use it for: