Existential thinkers to tend lean toward the deeper, philosophical questions. They prefer to ask, "Why am I doing this?" and "How does this help me to live well?" An existential thinker typically has a strong sense that education must be meaningful - not simply to pass a test or earn a scholarship, but to think better about life. An existential thinker will often add a spiritual, intuitive, philosophical or abstract component to education.
- Socratic Seminar
- Philosophy of _______
- Developing difficult questions to spur dialogue
- Adding a human dimension to a class
- Examining epistemology - the journey of truth
- Journaling with difficult questions
- Dialogues about ethics within politics
- Writing Socratic dialogues
- Analyzing writing with concepts such as world view, character development and theme
- Inquiry and guided inquiry
- Activities that begin with "What if . . .?"
- Analyzing social issues through an existentialist filter - "Why is there injustice?"