• Cory Minkah Montalvo

Pilot @ The Confluence - Pecha Kucha

Updated: Apr 4, 2019

Happy New Year, YEBOhood!

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and wish you a healthy start to 2019.


We began a unit that aims to help students surface elements of their identity, explore community issues, and define their own "swag".

For the project, students were challenged to develop a PechaKucha presentation that tells a story about an element of their identities.

"PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images." -

Presentation topics range from architecture design to travel stories to self-reflections. Whatever the topic, PechaKucha challenges presenters through a concise and fast-paced format. We've challenged YEBO students to appropriate the PechaKucha style to tell a story of their identities.

Here are a couple of PechaKucha we used as inspiration:

My Optimism for Black Males

Mane Street

Our version of the PechaKucha looks a bit different and comes with some added challenges. First, we'll be using a six-slide format, at 10 seconds a slide. Also, students must incorporate in their presentations two photographs they personally took on a camera. Lastly, these images must represent two different styles of photography (more on this coming up).

Why use PechaKucha?

1) It helps us organize our thoughts and how we want to tell a story;

2) It forces us to pay attention to the language we're using, with an emphasis on being concise and clear;

3) It helps to show us the power of images and how every picture can tell a story.

Overall, our objectives are to help students surface elements of their identities by storytelling through photography and prose. We have a goal of building empathy through listening to each other's stories while identifying aspects of our identities that are important to us.

After watching samples of PechaKucha and learning about their project challenge, students partook in a photography workshop where they studied the fundamentals of three different styles of the craft: Portrait, Landscape and Black and White.

Check out some of their shots...

Our Learnings

  1. Voice shows up differently for different people. Provide multiple ways for students to offer feedback and contribute their thoughts. You'll find that pictures really do say a 1,000 words.

  2. It's not messy when kids "show out" their full selves; rather, it's complex. Embrace this complexity and lean in to the dynamic personalities of young people. As educators, we forget that we're working in human development. We build trust and a sense of belonging with young people by acknowledging the unique quarks of each student.

  3. As adults, we must do the work WITH our students. Never ask a child to do something you're not willing to do. We've said it before... model vulnerability.

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