The Me Bag is a valuable classroom activity that helps classmates to learn about each other and experience diversity. As stated by De Melendez and Beck (2018), this diversity practice provides each individual with an opportunity to express him or herself using three items that reflect one’s values or characteristics. It allows for both helping individuals express themselves and perceive others through the lens of diversity awareness. The items I would put in my Me Bag are listed below.
- A photograph of me with my family. Since my family is one of the most important things in life, I would express this with a photo. Such an item demonstrates that I value family ties and might help my classmates know my personality better.
- My favorite book. I like reading; by putting one of my favorite books I read since childhood, I would demonstrate my hobbies and the creative world that interests me. Moreover, it might show my interest in learning new things, expanding my knowledge and imagination.
- Some tree leaves and dried flowers. These items would demonstrate that nature is special to me. I love spending time outdoors and love being in nature and exploring it. This item in my bag would illustrate this trait in my personality and allow my classmates to understand me better.
The practice with Me Bag might be a significant contribution to the development of a favorable classroom atmosphere. I can educate children about the variety of opinions, attitudes, and preferences, all of which deserve to be acknowledged and respected. Therefore, this classroom activity helps to identify similarities and differences between the members of a group, thus teaching diversity awareness, self-expression, and respect toward the interests and opinions of others.
De Melendez, W. R., & Beck, V. (2018). Teaching young children in multicultural classrooms: Issues, concepts, and strategies. Cengage Learning.