In many of my lessons I focus on encouraging the students to make connections, in particular with other people and cultures. I present a concept that seems abstract or surprising and challenge them to connect to it. For example, I taught a lesson about dreams and encouraged them to share some of their own dreams. One thing I asked
was how many people have flown in a dream? At first no one raised their hand. Then I explained how flying is an almost universal fantasy in dreams either by spreading one’s’ arms and jumping or floating, etc. After some brief discussion nearly everyone in the room was able to relate a time or way when they had flown in a dream. I next asked the students what other types of dreams they knew of, i.e. ones that don’t occur when you are sleeping. This forced them to take the specific concept of a sleeping dream and abstract it into other areas. They very quickly suggested goals as a form of dreams. We then proceeded to do an art project where they drew out a narrative/storyboard of themselves achieving one of their goals.