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.
Dr Alastair McAlpine is palliative care physician. His job is to ease the pain of children dying of cancer. There is no cure for these children. His job is to make them comfortable and provide them the most joyful, dignified death possible for them.
He asked some of his terminal pediatric palliative care patients what they had enjoyed in life, and what gave their life meaning. Their answers:
These were thoughts conveyed by children who were nearing the end of their time on earth. Compare them with what your students convey.
Inspired by the article about terminally Ill Kids, what Really matters in Life.
How I use the Q/A: