Breaking the Ice: Warming Up Your Yearbook Committee

Breaking the Ice: Warming Up Your Yearbook Committee

Nov 6th 2017

Serving on the yearbook committee not only looks great on a college transcript, but it is also a wonderful way to play an active role in the creation of your junior or senior yearbook. When we are in school, the idea of cherishing a yearbook does not seem plausible. But five, ten or fifteen years down the road, students will look back at high school yearbooks with fondness and plenty of emotion.

These books are the best way to memorialize the accomplishments and happiest moments of everyone attending your school. And being on the best yearbook staff means you can help craft how those moments are put on paper. But even a great yearbook staff starts out not knowing each other, as students from different social clubs and groups are brought together to work on taking pictures, writing articles and coming up with funny captions. The first few days in yearbook club are often awkward, because not everyone knows each other too well. And one of the best ways to get over the awkwardness is by playing a few icebreaking games!

It may sound like a cliché to play some ice breakers with the rest of the yearbook club, but you would be surprised at how quickly everyone can feel comfortable around each other after a few of these games:

1. Awesome Adjectives

A classic icebreaker, awesome adjectives works when everyone sits in a circle. Each person recalls the first letter of their first name, and they are asked to pick an adjective starting with the same letter. For instance, a person named Adam may say, “Hi, I am Adam, and I am amazing!” But the next person must not only say their own sentence, but they must remember all the sentences that came before them! it is a fun way for everyone to learn each other’s names.

2. First Impressions

Each student will get a piece of paper, where they must write down their name and fold up the paper. Take all the papers, mix them up and redistribute them to the students. If anyone gets their own paper, have them switch with another student. The goal of the exercise is for each student to have someone else’s name in front of them. They are told to write down a word or phrase that sums up their first impression of the person in question. Hopefully you will get plenty of funny and interesting phrases to keep everyone entertained for a few minutes!

3. Team Assignments

Putting the students into groups of three, four or five students is a good way to get them bonding and engaged with each other. Have the groups work on different activities, and try to split up any good friends as best as possible. If all the groups include students who are not well acquainted with each other, you give them the best possible chance of forming new friendships and connections. And who knows, they may enjoy the group work so much that they stay in those groups for the rest of the year!

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