Many students want to know their true identities, but they are unsure how to find what they need to develop it. In a high school, students transition to adulthood, which leads them to figure out what they want to be in the future. This time period is very important because it helps them to discover their true identities, but they cannot get this by themselves. They need someone who knows what to do, to light the way for them. Teachers play an important role in this period by helping them to find their identities. So, good relationships between students and teachers are significant to enabling students to find their students’ identities and develop them.
First of all, during the relationship between them, teachers do not need to impose an identity on students. Teachers should help them to explore their identities by themselves through effective discussion in class about their ideas and how students see themselves in the future. During this discussion, teachers can help students think about what they want to do after they graduate high school. In this case, teachers could act as counsel for their students and provide the necessary information for them.
Teachers can help students to engage in activities that help them find their identities. For example, career day is one of beneficial activity that could be established at schools, to help students and to support teachers to understand their students’ identities in the future. Ehen teachers and students engage in the activities of career day, teachers can see their what professions their students prefer, and thus they will easily find their students’ identities.
In addition, The collaboration between teachers and the school administration could be helpful to provide programs, which help students by giving a appropriate guidance for them to find a good academic major, which leads to beginning the right career path in their future. For example, the Saudi Ministry of High Education established a Job Fair, to help students who are graduating from the King Abdullah Scholarship Program connect with their Identities of study and achieve their passion. This Job Fair is an encouraging environment and is open every year.
Teachers should seek to be Inspirational in their classes to have a positive impact on their students. If there is a good relationship with students, teachers will help students to grow out of a faked personality and into a true personality, because they will know that hiding behind a mask will not help a teacher to find his/her student’s identity. According to the short film, Identity (Adames, 2012), your identity is unique, so you do not need to put on a mask to hid it.
In conclusion, the final goal of helping students to find their identities is to put students on the right path to have a successful future, which is possible if their teacher makes every effort to support them. Students should have their identity recognized by their teachers and parents so they can walk in the shining path with more confidence and without hiding.
Adames, K. J. (2012, May 24). Identity SHORT FILM (Award Winning Inspirational Short) [Video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikGVWEvUzNM
Morocco, E. (2013). Helping cross-cultural kids find their identity. Familius. Retrieved on March 31, 2014 from http://www.familius.com/helping-cross-cultural-kids-find-their-identity#.UzSv9ctOXIU