“Building an identity means coming to see ourselves the characteristics of particular categories (and roles) of people and developing a sense of what it feels like to be that sort of person and belong in a certain social group.”
I believe that children begin to know who they are as a person once they begin school. The teacher’s and students around the child help him/her shape themselves into that character. This is typically the time children really begin to meet many children and also make new friends. This quote really caught my attention because I feel that I can really relate to it in a sense that I the student am coming to see who I am and who I want to surround myself by.
“Identities such as researcher-in-a-research-community are an important accomplishment of schooling, but also a tool for shaping children’s participation in a classroom.”
Teachers play such a large role in helping shape a child into becoming who they will be. Johnston used an example where the teacher calls himself/herself the “senior researcher” and the students are “assistant researchers.” This helps shape the students because it could make them feel like they can be researchers. I remember in an accounting class I took, the professor never referred to us as students, he referred to us as a accountant assistant. It really made me feel like I was more than just a student and I really could do this.