You can do well in school, get into a great school, do well there, get a well-paying job, but still miss out on building a meaningful life. It happens all the time.
Through years of research and work with tens of thousands of students, educators, and parents, we've developed a keen perspective- building a meaningful life is the point, but it's not what the system is currently designed for. It has to be intentionally designed.
There are three pillars to building a foundation for a meaningful life:
For each pillar, we've identified a series of questions to guide your interactions with students. If a kid is able to articulate their own answers to these series of questions, we believe they will have a strong foundation for constructing a life that's both poised for success as well as prepared for meaning.
Foundational Question #1: Where have you come from and how has it shaped your life?
You can’t start writing a meaningful story with your life until you make sense of where you come from and how it’s shaped you. If you explore your past, a few important things happen:
In our work with students, we've discovered how vital it is for adults to be healthy models. So, how has your past shaped your life? And, how will you use this question in your interactions with students?
For years we’ve been studying what a young person needs in order to transition into a healthy, thriving adulthood.
They're uncommon sense ideas, really.
Download this checklist and use it with your students (or kids).