Students see their teachers every day, yet there are probably plenty of things they don’t know about them. Do they know that their music teacher is in a Prince cover band or that their gym teacher used to be a professional Muay Thai fighter? This yearbook page is meant to bring out interesting and little-known facts about your teachers. Maybe they’ll share their favorite song to rock out to or a fun fact about their own school days.
You’ll definitely see pictures of teachers in the yearbook, but what about the other staff around the school? Do you feature your custodial staff in the yearbook? How about the lunch workers? These are often people your students see every day (and adore), so give them a page in the yearbook. It’s a great way to acknowledge them and show your appreciation for all of the things they do.
Including quotes—inspirational or otherwise—isn’t just for high school seniors. Sprinkle positive quotes throughout or have a spread dedicated to them. If your yearbook has a theme, you can definitely make your quotes align with it. Or get your students involved in picking inspiring quotes they want in their yearbook. They could even vote on which ones to include.
Autograph pages are a must for any yearbook. You’ll likely have some blank pages at the beginning and end of your yearbook, but creating special autograph pages is even better. These pages are easy to design, and you can have as many as you want.
There’s something special about finally being in the top grade and earning a few special privileges. Yes, this is usually done for high school seniors, but you could also do it for fifth and eighth graders. Give your fifth graders a special section in the elementary school yearbook or eighth graders one in the middle school book. Make it an honor for students to be featured here and be sure to trumpet their accomplishments and goals.
These pages encourage students to capture fun little details about themselves. They will love looking back when they’re older to do a little “remember when” about their younger years.
Similar to the quote page, you can feature student responses to surveys. Cats or dogs? Ariana Grande or Demi Lovato? Pizza or tacos? Favorite Crystal Gem? Mountains or beach? You can do surveys throughout the year and gather student responses. This page is great because it allows the entire school to be represented on a single page.
There are lots of pictures in the yearbook, but does yours feature any art? If you’re able to give a space to great art projects by your students, your yearbook will have some really pretty pages. You could even turn this into an annual contest, where students get the chance to have their art featured prominently in the yearbook.
Imagine a big word-cloud page with one-word answers. This could be a powerful (and beautiful) page for your yearbook. The words can be centered on any theme. You might ask students to sum up their year in a single word. Or you could ask them to share a positive word around a theme, like kindness.