I present to you a few hypotheticals

Being a substitute teacher is hard. That’s it. No clever analogies or comparisons. It’s just freaking hard.

You don’t know any of the students or staff, most times, and you’re always on guard because let’s face it. Kids are gonna kid. It can be hard to get students to humanize you but these few hypotheticals are just complex enough to encourage higher-level thinking while still being silly enough to get students to buy-in and participate.

These may help you, they may not. But I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t had them so here without further ado:

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◊Would you rather win $50K or have your best friend win $500K?


Think of a friend, not your best friend but more than an acquaintance. They are going to be attacked by a bear. They will suffer injuries. They could range from a scratch to loss of limbs. You can prevent this attack from happening. But in doing so, you will never see the sun again. Everywhere you go, will be grey skies and rain. Do you prevent the attack?


◊Would you rather have every song slowly turn into All-Star by Smash Mouth? Or every movie slowly turn into Shrek?


◊Would you rather change genders every time you sneeze or be unable to tell the difference between a baby and a muffin?


◊Would you rather be able to read minds or see into the future?


◊You have to sacrifice eating your favorite food forever or you have a 4% chance every day of waking up completely covered in peanut butter, head to toe.


◊Fight Mike Tyson in his prime for 60 seconds or have his voice and lisp permanently?


◊Would you rather have a great dane sized house cat or a pickup sized great dane?


◊Speak every language or play any instrument?


◊Invade Russia in winter or join a land war in Asia?


◊You can fly but only for 1 mile uninterrupted before extreme exhaustion or you get super strength but only when you’re in physical contact with another person.

For $35,000 USD, would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone until after the three months is up.

If you had 1 million dollars to spend but your going to die in 7 days, what would you do with your money?

Trolly-problem, problems:

♦Standard version.

♦The same scenario but now you have to push a large man onto the tracks to stop the train.

♦A pregnant woman is blocking the exit to a cave that is flooding. She can go forward or back out, but you can climb over her and push her further into the water? Dozens of people are trapped in the cave, do you climb over her?

♦You’re an EMT, you stumble onto a single-vehicle wreck. You notice that one of the passengers is your wife/husband/partner. In the seat next to her is a man/woman/person who you don’t know. It becomes clear to you what the relationship between them is: romantic.

Your spouse is in critical condition and only has a 10% chance of survival regardless of your treatment. The other person will survive if given aid. They will most likely perish however without aid.

To whom do you render aid to?