Identifying an essential question that will help to focus my thinking and learning throughout this course is a tough one because I know so little about the world's religions. I know that I first need to understand the origins of a religion and the basic beliefs of a religion before I can begin to dig deeper and consider the motivations and experiences of those that practice a religion. I often wonder what causes people to make the choices in their behaviors and words based upon their religious beliefs. What is it about their religion that is such a strong influence in their daily lives. Is it a sense of community, a sense of spirituality, or a duty to continue familial traditions?
In developing a better understanding of religions and religious practices through my essential question, I feel that I'll be able to make stronger connections to my students. Understanding what may motivate my students can help me to better understand their choices in behaviors.