Purpose: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
I came across this website and it spoke about having purpose in life. Having a purpose in life is important. The website explained that purpose helps us to be happy and fulfilled. Without purpose life doesn’t have a focal point and the end product is an average life and an average existence.
The article described people who are in tune with their purpose as people who truly feel like they are alive and when they talk, they make everything seem so exciting and interesting. On the other hand, people who do not have a purpose are often negative, complain and feel unsatisfied and uninspired. The website listed the following five benefits that may be felt when you have a purpose in life.
- Meaning and fulfillment
- Unlimited flow of drive and passion
- Instant focus and direction
- Freedom from things that do not matter
Isn’t this what we want our students to feel when they are learning?
Teachers need to know why they are teaching what they are teaching and students need to know what they are learning and why they are learning about it.
Take a look at the following YouTube clip that further explains why knowing ‘why’ is important (I was shown this video on a professional development day at the beginning of the term).
If teachers constantly ask ‘why?’ when creating lessons, and think about the purpose of each lesson, the lesson will be meaningful. Teachers will be passionate about what they are teaching, they will focus on a specific direction they want the students to move to, disregard things that aren’t important and be successful.
Teachers often assume that the students know the purpose is regarding what they are learning but that isn’t always the case. If you asked your students why they are learning what they are learning, what would they say? “The teacher told me to”? If students know why they are learning what they are learning and have a say in what they can learn more about, their learning will be meaningful, they will be fulfilled, they will be motivated, have direction, discard the things that don’t matter and learn.
Give it a go, ask yourself and your students ‘why?’.
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