The first page in the portfolio is a reflection, wherein the students discuss what they learned and how they grew over the course of this school year.
While some people might think not much happens in yearbook class, I offer the words of my students as evidence that what we do here in Room 242 changes their lives.
· Being a second year staff member has been an amazing experience for me. These years collaborating, working under deadline pressure and meeting and interviewing all types of kids I usually don’t have a chance to interact with has taught me to work with others and deliver quality.
· While at times I was stressed out or overwhelmed, it was completely worth it and I have created something that I will remember and look back at long after high school. I can’t wait to share the yearbook with my family, my college friends and someday my kids.
· Most importantly, with my experience as a part of the yearbook staff, I learned what it’s like to be actively involved with the school. I felt like a social butterfly as I was creating conversation with new people through Wootton.
· I entered this class thinking it was a breeze, but left respecting every single person who has worked on our yearbook.
· I have evolved into a more outgoing person because of this class.
· I have become better at working in groups and working with others while working toward a common goal.
· Yearbook has taught me more than any other class what a job will entail in the real world: deadlines, fixing mistakes, reporting to leadership, time management, earning respect, and so much more.
· For the past two years, yearbook has been my favorite class. The yearbook is my biggest personal accomplishment of high school.
· Yearbook has taught me dependability and responsibility. I learned about leadership and cooperation. I was forced to compromise and learned how to incorporate other people’s ideas into my own. I learned to give constructive criticism and advice.
· By having this type of class where quality is valued over quantity, a personal connection is built between the student and the work.
The yearbook might be the final product that shows WHAT we did, but those of us whose invisible fingerprints cover every page know that HOW and WHY we did it are so much more important.