Who am I? Every young human being asks themselves this question at some point. In many ways, who you believe you are, is one of the most central questions of teenage life. This unit asks you to take some time to consider your own identity, who you are, and who you might become.
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Resources What is needed to run this unit?
Cross-Curricular Links Do not try and force this. What areas of other subjects might this reflect and/discuss language. For IB, links with ToK.
The idea of having multiple digital identities is studied in ICT in Year 8, during the Tech & Me unit.
Teacher Reflection What was successful? What needs changing? Alternative Assessments and Lesson Ideas? What other Differentiation Ideas/Plans could be used?
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Who Am I?
Who am I?
Every young human being asks themselves this question at some point.
In many ways, who you believe you are, is one of the most central questions of teenage life.
This unit asks you to take some time to consider your own identity, who you are, and who you might become.
How Do We Develop?
There are many ways to view, model and understand human development.
The model we often use in school is Erik Erickson's Stages of Psycho-Social Development, which is outlined in the table below (click to see a larger version):
Take some time now to watch the following student-produced video, which goes into more detail about the various stages. It is not perfect, but gives lots of useful detail.
For much of your student life at ICHK, you will most likely be working to resolve the Identity vs Role Confusion conflict of Stage 5.
What Is Identity
Identity involves having a clear sense of who you are, what you like and what you believe in.
Identity is tricky, as it often involves trying to do two opposing things:
Blending in and
Forming your own identity also often means questioning the values and views of your parents, and adopting your own ideas, which might bring you into conflict with them
This is part of getting ready to be an independent adult.
The video below is fast, and covers stages 5-8, but it gives some interesting insights into stage 5 and what identity is. Watch as much as you feel you need, to get a handle on identity.
Spend some time now quickly jotting down a list of words that describe your identity.
You don't need to share these with anyone, and they don't need to be neat: just get your thoughts down before moving onto the next step.
Giving yourself some time to go into depth, and produce a work that does you justice, work now to create an identity montage: that is, a single image, made up of lots of other images, that showcases who you believe you are, and what is important to you.
The example below is not perfect, but it provides a good deal of information about the author:
Don't worry about using Creative Commons, or giving credit: this is not a piece of work for publication, but rather a way for you to think about your own identity.
Once your work is ready, submit it to this unit as evidence of your learning in this unit.
Hopefully, through this unit, you have come to understand:
How humans develop over time
What identity is
Some aspects of your own, developing identity.
Jack Shared on 25/01/2017
Student Comment I enjoyed this unit mainly because I got to think about who I really am and I got to think about all my hobbies. In the work you can see things about me, where I live, etc... and lots of my different hobbies
Teacher Comment Jack, well done on an excellent unit, in which you have created a striking representation of your identity. The colours, and the use of the HK skyline in white, convey a lot of meaning, and are visually appealing. The iconography tells me a lot about who you are and what you enjoy. Hopefully you now see that your identity, although seemingly fixed in one time and place, will change over time, and will be expressed differently in different situations. For example, as you grow older, your interests, beliefs and values will change...and these will be expressed differently at home, in class and during break. It's great to know who you are, but also to be open to change as well.