There is always room for new fresh ideas and innovative pages
Yearbooks are as old as time. They are part of the school’s legacy, an honored tradition. But as with some traditions, they can get stale. If you look at most yearbooks, they don’t change that much from year to year. You have your sections and dividers for student life, academics, portraits, sports, and clubs. Of course, those pages must be there. The yearbook would not be complete without them, but while traditional pages should remain, there is always room for new fresh ideas and innovative pages.
Why You Should Create New Spread Ideas
Brings excitement to your staff
Allows your staff to express their creativity in new ways
Allows your staff to feature more students and staff in the yearbook
Here are some ideas for new spread ideas
Remember that time when…
Advice to My Freshman Self…
Seniors Last Will and Testament
Thank You Teachers
Thank You Friends
When I Was Small
This may seem like a random list of pages but after much brainstorming and experimenting, these have been the pages our students have grown to love - to be featured in them and to view them. The focus of these pages are twofold: we want students to reflect on their school years and we want to give them an opportunity to share these memories. High school is more than just sports, clubs, and assemblies. The most memorable moments happen between friends, at lunch, by the bleachers and in the hallways. Those are moments that are not captured by most yearbooks. These pages are meant to cover these precious memories. And these pages allow a variety of students (beyond athletes and scholarship winners) to be featured in the yearbook. And before you know it, these new spread ideas will become new traditions that will be treasured and held dear by your school community.
Contributor: Joon Kim is starting his 29th year as a public school teacher. For the first ten years, he taught English at Bellflower High School, and for the past 18 years, he has been teaching Graphic Design, Video Production, Photography, Yearbook and Journalism at Garden Grove High School. He received his B.A. in English from UC Irvine in 1991 and while his formal education ended then, he is always learning, sharing, growing, and mentoring.