Who Am I?

My individual characteristics, qualities, and abilities make up my identity. My identity makes me special and unique.

How does identity develop?

When we are first born, we are not aware that we are separate and individual beings. From about the age of two, we begin to understand the concepts of ‘I’ and ‘You’. At about 18 months, we are able to demonstrate our ability to be self aware when we can recognise ourselves in a mirror.

From about 3 years of age, we start to form a sense of who we are. This is called self concept, and it develops as we make our own decisions and act on them. This new independence helps us to learn about ourselves and our capabilities. We start to identify ourselves by how we feel about our abilities, for example: ‘I am good at running’. We see ourselves in concrete terms, such as how tall we are, or what colour our hair is.

Middle childhood (from about the age of 7 till puberty), is a time when we are very aware of the people and the environment around us. As we try more activities and gain more skills, we compare ourselves with our peers and realise that we are more competent at some things than at others. This helps us to form a well-rounded sense of ourselves. As we compare our capabilities (sports, academics, social skills) with others around us, we develop a concept of self competence. Having positive and encouraging role models will also help us to develop a healthy sense of self worth.

During adolescence, we begin to establish our adult identity. This includes re-evaluating what we feel about who we are, and retaining or rejecting ideas and values from our childhood. We are free to experiment with different personalities and roles. We are now capable of abstract thought, (ideas and concepts that are not concrete) which means that we can think of ourselves in terms such as ‘loyal’ or ‘kind’. It also means that we can imagine a future for ourselves, and make new use of our skills and abilities to help us to plan and prepare.

Identity Workout

If we think of our sense of identity as a muscle, then we can think about things that will give it a workout and help it to be stronger and healthier.
• Positive People – who are my role models? How do they do encourage me?
• Resilience – when things go wrong, can I try again?
• Success – what am I good at? How does it make me feel?
• Community – what are the values of my school/culture/family/country? What do they mean to me?
Thinking about who we are and about the influences that surround us helps us as we mature and develop our sense of self, so that we can make positive decisions about our lives for the future.

YourDictionary.com ‘Identity’ n.d. Retrieved from http://www.yourdictionary.com/identity 11 June 2015

Princeton University ‘The Development of Children aged 6 to 14’ 1999. Retrieved from:
http://www.princeton.edu/futureofchildren/publications/docs/09_02_02.pdf 24 June 2015

Education.com ‘Identity Development’ 23 December 2009. Retrieved from:
http://www.education.com/reference/article/identity-development/ 24 June 2015

With support from JSB Education

LET NZ 13 July 2015

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?

2. What was the key event from the news article?

3. Where did this event take place?

4. When did this event take place?

1. Find a quote from the main person in this news article?

2. In your own words describe what happened in this news article.

3. Find out where this event took place and include some information about this place.

4. Tell us when this event happened and explain what might happen in the future.

5. Explain in your own words why this event took place.

Current Events Web
Find the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why in the article to complete this worksheet.

I Think Because
Share what you think about the article and explain why.

My Questions
Write a question map about questions that you have after reading the article.

News Review
Give the news article you have read a review

KWL
Write what you KNOW about the topic in the article, what you would LIKE to find out and then what you have LEARNT.

Newspaper Bingo
Play newspaper bingo. Find a number of different articles to complete the grid.

Questions and Answers
Write a set of questions and then their answers after reading the article.

The Big Idea
Find the big idea by highlighting the 5 W’s and 1 H. then select 25 of key words associated with the article.

Word Investigation
Vocabulary exercise where students find key words within the article.

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me kelly
me kelly
1 year ago

good ad

me kelly
me kelly
1 year ago

good ad

esau
esau
1 year ago

really good about who we are

esau
esau
1 year ago

really good about who we are

lisa
lisa
1 year ago

this is an interesting document about who we are and what we do and i learned lots of things.

Julie Jin
Julie Jin
21 days ago

My mum really like it the news. Thanks for the news.

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