The Final Deadline Push
Jostens Advisers & Staff
Abby Cole, Plano East Senior High School [TX]
Abby, a Master of Journalism Education from the University of Missouri, advises the Plano East Senior High School yearbook, news magazine and online news. Before teaching, she enjoyed two years working in advertising and marketing in the Dallas area.
Sometimes a reward can be just what the doctor ordered. A “when we meet our deadline” party is both fun and motivational. Get a delicious spread of appetizers, entrées and desserts that the students love. During this time together, students can celebrate a completed book, reflect on the production and accomplishments.
Pro tip // Don’t forget about individual dietary needs — these specific students are always so grateful that attention was given to this detail.
// Tip for new advisers //
Remain flexible and evaluate the needs of the staff on a regular basis. If they are no longer having fun or if they are struggling to manage the demands of yearbook, take that observation and act on it. The most important thing, always, is that we have fun while we are learning so that we will want to continue this type of work. Offering them the numerous benefits of a team-oriented atmosphere allows them to have a full experience that they can reflect on and appreciate.