NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Cultivate a Sense of Belonging Course
Exploring and sharing about our identity helps us become more aware of our own backgrounds and how they influence how we show up in the world. It also helps us get to know those in community with us to better create inclusive environments where everyone feels a sense of belonging. Identity is made up of many elements including social and personal identity. Social identities define the social groups that you belong to and can be voluntary or involuntary. They include identities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and more. Personal identities define your life experiences and can include personalities, hobbies, careers, and other elements that make up who you are. The more that young people (and adults!) are able to explore what makes them them and learn more about others the better they will be able to come together in community.
Gain inspiration from authentic examples of this strategy shared by teachers who have used them with their learners.
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