Edit or Regret It
Creative Accounts Manager, Jostens
Jeff advised the award-winning Olympia HS [FL] yearbook and newspaper for 11 years. He is a National Board Certified teacher in career and technical education. JEA named him a Special Recognition Yearbook Adviser in 2010 and a Rising Star in 2006.
Assign role to each student on staff and make them an expert on that topic (e.g., folios, captions, quote format and more. Depending on staff size, they might need to be an expert in multiple areas that day, but with more than three things to look for, the activity’s effectiveness goes down). Open a different spread on each computer (or print them out if that works better based on your set up). Place a sheet of paper near each computer. With their assigned editing role, each student moves from computer to computer checking their area of expertise (consider assigning them different things to look for every time you do this). As they move from station to station they make a note about what they see about their area of expertise. At the end of the activity, students leave with a list of opportunities for improvement. It also allows the yearbook team to see how the book is coming together and understand why consistency from spread to spread is so important.