Ikigai: Help Students Find Their Purpose
The purpose of the activity is to help learners reflect on their own strengths, passions, things they believe the world needs, and things they can themselves contribute constructively to the world.
Useful to help students choose topics/projects to focus on, perhaps to also find team-mates (with, for example, similar interests but different strengths).
Prepare slides with the four main Ikigai questions and invite learners to answer them. An ikigai is something that gives purpose to one’s life, something that inspires one to live. The four main questions are:
You can let learners know about the activity ahead of time and use class time for sharing in small groups, or do it as a class activity giving your class time to think individually, then time to work in groups to share.
20-30 minutes or so if done synchronously
Can be done asynchronously where learners reflect in writing on each of the questions separately before putting it all together, over several sessions.
No specific technical requirement, but you can use a jamboard or Google slide with the 4 questions as a visual for students to respond to. It can also be a completely text-based exercise if required.
This activity is one of a series of activities from Equity Unbound, focused on equitable online community building.Find out more
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