Arts & Dialogue: Identity as a tool for difficult conversations in the classroom


Through shared art expression (storytelling through poetry), we will explore dialogue about ourselves, heritage, and lived experiences that create our “social identity.” We may find affirming connections with others or illuminate differences in perspective. This can all be used in the classroom to create shared vulnerability, trust, and culturally-connected vocabulary to engage the material, to empower students’ voices, and to help lessen damaging assumptions by teachers and students.

We will discuss norms, we will participate in a social identity grid experience, and we may write a short poem, share and debrief on how to use this with our own content. This can be applied to all content areas and modified for all ages.