Successful teachers know their classroom should be an inviting place that aids learning. If your students are spending afternoons, nights and weekends in there also, as yearbook staff members often do, maybe your room should be more than that.
At our small, private all-girls school, Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov in Chicago, the upcoming graduating class votes at the end of their junior year for the position of editor-in-chief. It sounded like fun to us, so we ran to sign up.
At the moment the call came about a job interview for my current job as English teacher and newspaper adviser, and eventually yearbook adviser, at Orange Glen High School, I was straddling my fluorescent pink suitcase, waging war to close the bag’s zipper.
Yearbook production is a year-round job. Even before your staff and your school are celebrating the distribution of your current yearbook, you have already started planning for the next one.
When you think about how you want to include additional coverage in your yearbook, consider the importance of posterity – whether it is important that the information be delivered in a permanent format.
Text can be converted into a shape, enabling you to customize it like other shapes on a spread. With your text as a shape, you can apply a border, a solid or gradient fill, or place an image directly into the text.
InDesign 5.0 and 5.5 offer a few basic shapes such as rectangles, circles and polygons. But you can use the Pathfinder tool to combine these objects with type and an image to create new shapes for unlimited design options.
For all of the changes in yearbooks during the past seven or eight decades, one has remained the same – students still enjoy signing each others’ books. For that reason, if you are trying to get your yearbook further ingrained as a part of student life, provide students an opportunity to enjoy their yearbooks when they receive them, instead of just handing them out.