A Deeper Sense of Self

Who am I?

A group of Riverdale fifth graders thought about that question as they read and discussed “George,” Alex Gino’s novel for elementary school readers about a transgender girl.

Working with the Lower School technology integrators, the students constructed “identity boxes,” demonstrating that what’s visible on the outside “doesn’t define who you are on the inside,” as a student explained.

On the outside, the boxes were covered with plain brown paper. On the inside, the boxes displayed symbols for aspects of their lives that are not readily discernible from their appearance.

The box, above, displays gears, microscope slides, and a world map. It “represents that I am creative and I like science,” the student explained.

Said another student: “I really like technology. You might not be able to tell that by looking at me.”

Does your school do something similar?

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