Featuring a real account of campus life is something to have in mind when creating an awesome middle school yearbook. But often times, yearbook coordinators leave out the uncertainty or challenges that can accompany middle school life. More specifically, the fears and nervousness that many kids feel when they’re making that transition from being a child to becoming a teenager. And since that is such a big piece of what goes on throughout these years for the students on your campus, focusing some of your content on those realities can add a more authentic component to the content you’re creating.
But I also believe that you don’t have to go down the rabbit hole and turn an entire section of your yearbook into what could quite possibly emulate a 20/20 feature. There are better ways to validate the fears your students have while keeping your yearbook content focused on a more positive vibe. And the way you can do this best is by focusing not just on the common fears might plague your campus, but how students at your school are overcoming them.This can help students see that they’re not alone with how they feel and also inspire them to take action. And this is something that will definitely make your yearbook shine!
Identify the Challenges
The kids on your campus are in the trenches every day. They already know what issues are likely plaguing a lot of their peers. So instead of focusing a bunch of your time on doing research to figure out what types of middle school challenges to feature in your yearbook, get down on the student level and just ask them about the major obstacles they face on a daily basis. Then try to group some of these fears into slightly more nebulous topic choices – by understanding what’s driving each of the individual fears your students bring up, you can get a better grasp on how these things affect the student body on a more widespread basis. And that makes it a lot easier to build your feature.
Once you understand the challenges that are facing students at your school, you can develop a series of questions that can be used in student-to-student interviews. Try to formulate questions that are open-ended and speak not just to the problems they’ve faced, but the positive steps that each student has taken to move past their fears. Using your student yearbook committee to interview other kids on campus can help to make this more of a conversation, where individuals can talk about the hurdles they’ve overcome and how they’ve done it. These responses can focus on their own personal steps to success, things they’ve done with their friends to feel more accepted or even initiatives around the school that have made living through those years a little less hard. And that’s exactly the kind of inspiration you’re looking to add to your middle school yearbook!
Great Photos, Great Middle School Yearbook
No matter what age group the pages of your spread are geared towards, great photos can make all the difference. And they’re especially important for features like this. While some students might want to remain anonymous, others will be happy to put a name behind their words. Where it comes to grabbing the best yearbook photos to accompany your other content, try to get some pictures of the students you interview in groups. It helps to show a little more solidarity across the campus – and those happy smiles will definitely inspire other students to apply these words of wisdom to their own lives today!