Students will identify their preconceptions about what makes people happy and how the research differs from their own preconceptions about happiness.
Students will be able to:
- Have a personalized go-to list of strategies when they are feeling uninspired
- Create a visual “road map” to identify the places, things, people, and ideas that inspire them
Large Post-its or poster paper and markers for group brainstorm; craft supplies, magazines, markers, etc for roadmaps, (optional) roadmap handout. Optional: use a program such as piktochart.com or http://www.easel.ly.
Present the idea of an “inspiration roadmap” to students in one of the following ways:
|Optional: Create your own inspirational roadmap in advance if this is your first time doing this exercise or send a message to the educator inspired FB group for a curated example to use with permission.|
Post large sheets of paper around the room with the following questions written out (one question per paper):
Students should have a chance to spend time at every paper once.
|Encourage specificity in student responses at this stage. It is more helpful if a student can write “the Grand Canyon” for a place that inspires him or her rather than “nature”. If a student starts with “nature”, for example, encourage him or her to branch off of that idea and be more specific. Offering this example to the class also may be helpful.|
Planning your Roadmap
You can give students a roadmap handout for guidance on how to structure their roadmap if they need it or want it.
|You can encourage students to be creative in planning their roadmaps. They can make it as similar to an actual roadmap as they like. They might want to include “detours” and “dead ends” or things that they know they should avoid as they are uninspirational.|
Creating a Roadmap
Criteria for Success/Formative Assessment
Final student roadmaps will serve as the formative assessment for this lesson.