Who am I? What shapes my identity?
Who are we as a classroom community?
Desert Island Discs is a radio programme that has been running in the UK since 1942. Guests called “castaways” are invited to select the eight pieces of music they would take with them if cast away to a desert island and explain their musical choices. Listen to the some of the people interviewed and their musical selections. At the end of each interview we feel as if we know the “castaway”.
In order to understand one another in our humanities class, we will adapt the Desert Island Disc format. Each of you should select three pieces of music that are of significance to you. Perhaps the music/song reminds you of a moment in your life, or a place or a person. Make a list of music, that you would want to hear on your desert island, then narrow this down to three. Remember you may be on this island for a long time! What songs/ music will you take? What music inspires you? What music reminds you of family or places important to you? You must introduce each piece of music and explain its significance in your life.
Next try to think about what book (apart from Shakespeare and the bible/religious text) that you would want to take. What one luxury would you want to take and why? When we listen to each other’s choices we will be revealing a little more of our identity to one another in our classroom community. When we know one another, learn new things about each other, we realize that our identities are complex. We see that we are more than one aspect – such as nationality, gender, religion or race. We are more than a single aspect we have written on our identity charts. Each new discovery about each other is another potential point for establishing deeper connections with others in our class and for building trust and respect among one another as a community of learners.
Listen to Anthony Horrowitz, author of the Alex Rider series, and David Tennant, the Scottish actor who played the time lord Doctor Who brilliantly, discussing their musical choices and what shaped their identities.
Below are my selections if cast away. This was not easy narrowing down a lifetime of music to just three! Listen to my choices and the back stories as to why each piece: