- What is culture?
- What is my culture?
- What are the characteristics of culture?
- What is your reflection on what culture means to Mount Vernon?
Students were prompted to think deeper with videos, learning guidelines, and thought-provoking questions to reflect on their and others’ culture and traditions.
What are students saying about this community-building initiative?
Maya Sharma, Class of 2027 says “I think that everyone is nicer here. I have never felt disrespected because of my culture. I think that this activity showed that people needed to learn more about where they came from and how their ancestors’ cultures tie in with their own.”
Atlas Bierley, Class of 2028 says “I liked it because I have a lot of friends who are from different cultures who have a lot of backstories. It’s a fresh reminder that our backgrounds shouldn’t affect how we treat people. We should just be good to everyone.”
Parker Arnold, Class of 2028 says “When we were talking about struggling with identity, it made me understand it more. I always knew people kind of struggled with it and I think talking about it will make people more aware of how they treat other people.”
Culture and identity are important parts of human development. They are especially important during the years of early adolescence. At this developmental stage, students are working hard to understand where they belong in terms of group identity. Finding one’s place in a positive peer group for Middle School students makes it possible for them to be fully engaged in their learning experiences which is critical to their overall success.