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Posted by Kristy Lundstrom, Head of Middle School on December 7, 2020

In our Intro to Identity term class, Mr. Aaron and his students explore symbols, experiences and memories as ways of understanding one's identity.  Students are also introduced to storytelling.  At the end of the quarter, students were asked to create a video telling “their story”.  

The results were thoughtful, well-presented and engaging.  Each student presented their story in the form of a PechaKucha.  PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is a fast-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe. PechaKucha is what “Show and Tell” always dreamed of becoming. There are 20 slides with 20 seconds of commentary per slide. 

Here are a few examples of the students’ work::

Watch and enjoy!

Home by Katherine S.

The story of her family’s move to a new home and what that transition meant to her.

The Trip by Spencer P.

The story of a daily vacation to Arcadia, MN.

Nature by Joey H.

The story of how he became a nature photographer.

Speak up and Be Heard by Zewdi T. (PPT)

The story of Mogos Asgedom and advocacy.


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Learning in the Middle focuses on all things Middle School at McDonogh--organization and structure, themes, instructional design, activities, visible teaching and learning, character development, joy in the everyday, and more! We highlight the challenges and brainstorm ways to meet them, and we celebrate the successes and share ideas for further development. 

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