After many years of being a yearbook adviser and journalism teacher, I was in a rut. At the end of the 2014 school year, I vowed I would revamp my curriculum and try to find new and exciting ways to introduce the world of journalism to my students. There was a buzz in the teaching community about a technique call the Flipped Classroom.
It was my first year as yearbook adviser. With much anticipation, I could not wait to get started. After more than 20 years of experience in Marketing and Communications, this should be a great adventure! The opportunity to guide and direct students to be creative, to teach layout, proper use of fonts, and to create a piece of history seemed like a dream come true.
Three years ago, a “spread” was Mom’s Thanksgiving dinner on the dining room table. A “gutter” was what I helped Dad clean leaves out of in the fall. A yearbook was what I automatically received every year in college, but to which I paid little attention.
I believe Yearbook Angels are everywhere. These are people who cherish their yearbooks and want to see one in every hand.
The Journalism Education Association offers certificates for Certified Journalism Educator and Master Journalism Educator. One adviser explains why they are worth the effort to obtain.
Advising a middle school yearbook staff sometimes feels like a game of telephone. Remember that game? You whisper, “I like cheese,” to the first person in line, only to end up with, “Did you know that Sarah is dating Bobby?” at the end of the line.
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.
Sometimes great things happen when you step aside and let your staff take off and run with something that initially sounds silly.
If there is a hint of conspiracy in our yearbook program, a method in my old-age madness, it is that the staff members do not know that I know much about computers.
Adviser Jim Jordan thought it would be fun to see how many of his former Del Campo High School editors and staffers he could get in touch with and help them stay in touch with each other. To do so, he turned to Facebook.