This activity guides students through thinking about what brings passion and purpose to their lives and helps students reflect more deeply on why they love these things and how they gain energy from them.
- Cognitive: Through sharing things that bring their lives passion and purpose, students will reflect more deeply on why they love these things and how they gain energy from them. Listening to others describe how they found their passions and purposes may inspire others who are less sure about their own interests.
- Affective: Discussing things that they enjoy in life may promote shared feelings of happiness.
Set up the room so it is conducive to pairs of students talking.
||If you anticipate students will have trouble finding something to discuss on their “speed dates,” you may choose to do another inspirED activity before this activity such as this one, to get students to reflect more deeply on their passions. You also may encourage them to reflect on and share about their hobbies and what they do for enjoyment.
You may allow students to choose their partners for each “date,” assign them in advance or have students count off and then pair up based on a number (for instance, 1 through 4 meet with each of 5 through 8.)
||Encourage students to respect others’ sharing.|
Celebrate the value of different passions and introduce collaboration on common passions.
||Optional discussion: How might different life experiences (loss of a loved one, physical disabilities later in life, travel, experiencing a natural disaster, etc.) impact the development of one’s passions and sense of purpose?|
How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate and seem engaged?
Remember to ask the students to share their feedback on the activity: What went well? What suggestions do they have for making the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.
Emotional Intelligence Tips
- Some students might not have clearly defined ideas for what brings them passion and meaning. Let them know that this is okay.
- You may explain that the activities and ideas that we feel passionate about and the people, events, and engagements that bring meaning to our lives often develop and change over one’s lifetime and that high school students are likely only in the beginning phases of discovering these things.
* Thanks to students Dexter Hanson, Paul Richie, and Bella Valinoti of the inspirED team at Brewster Academy of Wolfeboro, NH, who created this activity.