The Class Units
Introductory Sessions: Why Big Questions
The 4 introductory sessions open up the space for students to experience the ongoing, creative process of discovering who they are and who they can be. They discover that by immersing themselves in life’s big questions, they can develop the capacity to shape their future and positively contribute to the world. Students write “Letters to the Self” to lay out their expectations and goals for the class – and fill in Self-Evaluation Matrixes (SAMs) to begin charting their growth in key areas of the 5 pillars and a 6th metric, Self-Knowledge. These charts are filled in again during the 4 Conclusion Sessions at the end of the course in order to provide a comprehensive analysis of students’ growth and impact of the class.
Unit One: Choice
By thinking more deeply about the nature of choice, students develop an appreciation for the potential inherent in their capacity to choose. Many can feel overwhelmed by the choices they have and the responsibility to define their own lives. Exploring choice in their own experience opens a sense of possibilities, and gives them the confidence to deal with the challenges that confront them.
Unit Two: Purpose
Students reflect on their sense of purpose in life. By exploring the different ways purpose can authentically take shape in one’s life they develop confidence in their own capacity to make life choices that are informed by what they find inspiring and purposeful. Students are also challenged to think about how they can connect what inspires them to what contributes to society.
Unit Three: Fearlessness
When students have an opportunity to speak openly about fear with peers, they discover that fear is not as unique an experience as they had thought. As they examine their fears in the context of what they find inspiring and purposeful, they gain confidence in thinking for themselves about life and develop the capacity to act in accordance to their deepest convictions.
Unit Four: Interconnectedness
An authentic exploration of interconnectedness allows students to see through fixed ideas and barriers – in order to develop deeper empathy, compassion and care for others and the common good. By exploring how we are simultaneously autonomous individuals as well as part of a larger whole, students develop an understanding and deeper appreciation for different perspectives. They are able to put their personal biases aside to work together for a greater purpose.
Unit Five: Bigger Picture
Students develop the ability to see their lives, the future and the challenges we face from a bigger picture. They become aware of the bigger context they are part of and realize the significance of their lives in a larger framework. They learn to expand their perspective beyond their immediate circumstances and bring more complex and creative thinking to their roles as world citizens.
Closing Sessions: Growth and Contribution
Students reflect on their shared journey into questions of meaning and purpose. They discuss insights they have gained from each other, as well as changes they have seen within themselves and their classmates over the course of The QUESTion Class. They complete the Self-Evaluation Matrixes (SAMs) they filled in at the beginning of the Course in order to chart their personal growth in the 5 pillar areas and a 6th metric, self-knowledge.