Students discuss passion and work to clarify and connect with their individual interests.
- Cognitive: Students will be able to identify examples of passions.
- Affective: Students will feel supported by clarifying their interests and exploring personal passions.
looseleaf paper, writing utensils, a whiteboard/overhead projector, markers
Be prepared to share a personal passion.
|2 min||Ask each student to give their own definition of passion
Introduce another definition of passion by saying that it can be: a strong, compelling enthusiasm or desire for something.
Then say that this activity is a quick way of introducing the idea of passion and how they can move people to take action.
|Remind students this may be a new idea – encourage students to be patient and consider what they enjoy and care about.|
|3 min||Ask students to respond to these questions on a piece of paper anonymously:
||Validate passions of all students.|
|8 min||Collect papers and redistribute anonymously.
Students will then “stand” for someone else and declare “their passion”.
When a student has declared a peers’ passion, write the passion on board until all students have spoken and all “passions” have been identified
Discuss and celebrate the range and content of student passions.
|Encourage students to respect others’ sharing.
Celebrate the value of different passions and introduce collaboration on common passions.
|2 min||Wrap up the activity by highlighting that having a specific purpose or passion can be life-affirming and motivating. Passions can change over time. Identifying them can offer you direction.||Optional discussion: How can having a purpose affect your daily choices?|
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
- Caution: Not all students can readily identify a passion.
- Focus on interests and strengths (social, emotional, physical, inter/intrapersonal skills).
- Encourage students to be patient, curious, respectful, open, and reserve judgement about their preferences.