The question that I have had during the last weeks was how to actually define and explain identity? We all agree, that from a biological point of view, it’ s easy to define, explain or distinguish identity, your identity and the identity of another.
Yet, what intrigued me was to find a way to go further in finding the essence of identity.
First of all, I started to look for a simple way to express “identity” and ended up with the simplest way of communication… pictograms.
Would one be able to express oneself’ identity with the help of pictograms?
So first I need to find a way to understand, decide, decide, agree … where identity comes from and how it comes about.
I had the following thought…
Identity is linked to three basic and three additional factors.
I created n image to make it clear.
Based upon this guideline one can understand and classify ones own identity
Now coming back to my idea of pictograms.
If I follow these guidelines, I can in the simplest way show my identity.
On a historical note, Pictograms are the first way of communication in a “written” form to one and another.
To create an image with these guides, you eventually need to invent pictograms yourself, pictograms that meet or express your need. The list of the existing ones is long; there are many that could be used.
What I liked about this topic is that you have the opportunity to go back in time. To see where written communication had it’s beginning.
You probably think, where that has something to do with identity… Well, let’s say, it underlined and helped to be able to share, tell, explain and pass on ones own experiences that are linked to one’s own identity.
All in all, the topic identity linked with the story of writing is a unique opportunity to go back in time and investigate the creation of communication, writing and how it all came to be.
The story of the coming of life, the story of the hand, the story of numbers and writing are ideal stories to re-look upon again with children to lay a foundation to tackle the concept of identity. Additional you can talk about the fundamental needs of humans which will also open different paths towards a wider understanding of human evolution and development; reasons why and decisions that one has made, is doing or will do.
This is ideal for 6th grade elementary children, 1st and 2nd grade secondary.
Understanding and placing oneself in the global picture, is key and a nice eye-opener, helping children to ask the right questions about life, from the past to the present.