Yearbook Class Tips & Ideas

Yearbook Class Tips & Ideas

Jan 10th 2019

Are you teaching yearbook class this year? A yearbook course gives students the tools and education to learn special skills like journalism, photography, and keeping deadlines. When your working with your class to create your yearbook, follow the following tips for yearbook class success!

  • Find out when the deadlines are. The last thing that you want is to be scrambling to finish your book at the last minute. Knowing your deadlines ahead of time will ensure that you can plan accordingly. 
  • Discuss the concept of teamwork and collaboration with your students. Although there may be pieces of your yearbook that students work on individually, ultimately, most yearbooks aim to be cohesive. This is where teamwork comes in. Some teachers and advisers even like making a brainstorm area in their classroom where they can provide a space for ideas to roam freely. 
  • Use the Internet for Ideas & Resources - The internet, particular Pinterest and yearbook resource sites, is a great way to get some new ideas from some of the best yearbook creators out there. Perhaps plan on creating your own yearbook handouts to help your students learn from the very basic to the more advanced skills needed to put together a yearbook they would all be proud to have been a part of.
  • Teach the Basics - Some students may come into your class not knowing how to handle a digital camera. Some students may know very little about journalism, so going back to basics should be the first step. Ensuring that all of your students know the basics will help immensely when it comes to creating your yearbook. Be sure to also teach your students basic yearbook terminology.
    • Teaching your students about the basics of journalism and creative, yet factual writing, will benefit everyone. Getting the facts right is important, but being colorful and descriptive in their writings can add that extra little bit to their creation.
  • Current Trends Are Great Ideas - Many award-winning yearbooks follow the current trends set in popular magazines and publications. By using some of these popular magazines, you can help your students learn by example. While most teachers advocate reading magazines in class, by sharing with your class what makes one magazine different from another you can help teach your students the nuances between different articles and layouts. Questioning your students on why one article differs from another can help them to understand more about both journalism and photography.
  • Help your students to learn about layouts and how to create them. Like any other class, assign homework so they can take more time to work on assignments than class time allots. Share old yearbooks from your school with your students, as well as other school’s yearbooks.
  • Discuss the importance of proofreading and editing the book. Delegating groups of students to specific sections is a great way to give them something that they can be held accountable for and then when it comes time to proofreading and editing, the process should go smoother when the work is divided up. 
  • The Camera Is Your Friend - Finally, make sure your students are comfortable using a camera, especially since no yearbook would be complete without pictures of the student body. Let them experiment with pictures of each other, both group and individual shots. Some ideas to help them learn would be assignments like taking action shots or posed shots. In addition, learning about valuable software, such as Photoshop, would be useful to your students. Doing some homework of your own will go a long way to helping your students create a yearbook they can be proud of.