One day, a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin. The professor handed out the test papers, and then, to everyone’s surprise, turned the papers upside down. He announced that the test was going to be different from what they expected.
The professor explained, “I want you to take a moment to think about the most important lesson you’ve learned during this course. Write about how that lesson has impacted your life and what you’ll take away from it.” The students were initially bewildered, but they soon started writing, digging deep into their understanding of the subject matter.