Why is it important to reflect and think about our actions? How does thinking help our future behavior? These questions align well with the Jewish tradition of cheshbon nefesh, soul searching, that is widely done during the days leading up to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. In this resource, students will take a close look at Rodin’s sculpture, The Thinker, as an entry point into a discussion about how to engage in intentional and deep thought. In addition, learners will brainstorm what they need in order to effectively introspect as well as the role of body language in authentic self-reflection.

The learner will:

  1. Understand how self-reflection plays a critical role in the pursuit of self-actualization

  2. know what they require to successfully think and introspect

  3. be able to complete a journal entry that records what they thought about when they did some soul searching and how this will impact their future behavior

When you click on the Jewish Education by Design resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. Essential questions that get to the “heart” of the learning

  2. A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity

  3. In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s

  4. Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion

  5. A further study option/s to related materials on the JEBD site or to external links

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