First Days of School

Lesson One

First days of school The first days of school are crazy for everyone. Whether you have a class or a club, there are a few things you can do to make the first week more fun and get the year off to a great start. Remember, no two classrooms look the same, so use what you can and adapt it to fit your needs and personality.

Get to know your students and help them get to know you

Many yearbook advisors let this go because they quickly get busy in August. However, taking a small amount of time in the beginning to get to know each other is priceless. The team building will help build better relationships for months and years to come.

There are many icebreakers you can use. Click the link below for examples.  It’s okay if it seems a little silly; yearbook is going to be different than any other class, and your students don’t know what to expect yet.  Keep the word “fun” in your vocabulary, and don’t stress out! There are many tools out there that can help you be successful.

http://schoolreforminitiative.org/doc/icebreakers.pdf

After an icebreaker each day, you can start to get down to some yearbook business.  Of course, you don’t have any pictures yet, so you need to concentrate on goals for the year.  Setting goals is very important early in the year.  Once you have them settled, post them in your room so everyone can see them. They may change throughout the year and that’s okay.

Goal setting

Objective: Set goals for improving the yearbook

Lesson

5 minutes – Icebreaker

10 minutes – Give everyone a copy of last year’s book. This may be their first time seeing the book or really looking at it, so give them a little time to look at it before turning a critical eye.   (Keep extra copies of every year so that you can look over them annually)

15 minutes – Put the students in groups of two or three, and have each group list five strengths and five weaknesses of last year’s book. Have the students use their own paper and make a chart or list.

15 minutes or more – (This part may go into another day, and that is perfectly okay; it is important that this is done well). Put the strengths and weaknesses on the board. Use the list to write five goals for improving the yearbook. Then, post these goals on a bulletin board or a poster board, and review them often.  Posting the goals will help you to keep your focus later in the year.