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Exploring STEAM Identity through Personal Inquiry


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Virtual Session
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I am Vidhya G, Book Whisperer, Co-host of #tccbookclub, an accidental IB PYP Educator and Independent Inquiry-based Workshop Facilitator with 8+ years of experience in the field of education from Tamilnadu, India. The year 2022 has been transforming for me as I have grown from Inquiry-based Educator to Inquiry Workshop Facilitator with 2 Local & 3 International workshop Facilitations. I am vested in Identity-Centered Inquiry-based Learning and researching about it.

Session description

Using Personal Inquiry and Identity as conceptual lenses, this session focuses on developing STEAM Identity to help the Teaching and Learning Community in meaning making and understanding of self thereby fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice.

Purpose & objective

The main purpose of this presentation is exploring the complexity of Identity
Who we are?
Who are our learners?
How well do we know our learners to cater to their diverse needs?
The first step towards knowing and understanding others is knowing and understanding ourselves – Self / Identity.
Embark on this Personalized Inquiry Journey to unpack and shape the STEAM Identity as Individuals and as Communities, that helps in building relationships, promoting global contexts and fostering student agency by following Inquiry-based education model:
Provocation – Connecting to Prior Knowledge
Personal Inquiry - Unpacking & Shaping of STEAM Identity
Connecting to Global Thinking - ‘Do we see the big picture?’ 'Commonalities and Diversities?'

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Content and activities: Using Harvard Project Zero Visible Thinking Routines, the Complexity of STEAM Identity will be explored through images, videos, texts and virtual templates which will be provided in the attendee resources folder
Time: 10 Minutes on each component of STEAM Identity
Process: Picture Provocations, Videos, Digital Templates

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Supporting research

Erica Buchanan-Rivera - Identity Affirming Classrooms
Zaretta Hammond - Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain, Laura E.Pinto - From Discipline to Culturally Responsive Engagement
Donna L.Miller - Honoring Identities: Creating Culturally Responsive Learning Communities
Jacie Maslyk – STEAM Makers
Wendy Ward Hoffer - Cultivating Stem Identities: Strengthening Student and Teacher Mindsets in Math and Science

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Session specifications

Personalized learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android
Laptop: PC
Subject area:
STEM/STEAM, World languages
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Develop the skills needed to lead and navigate change, advance systems and promote a mindset of continuous improvement for how technology can improve learning.
For Educators:
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.