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The Big Reveal

Because we are doing a big push this month for yearbook sales, we’ve been pretty general with our marketing. Until now. We got the cover ...
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Odds, Ends, Maintenance

We are nearing the end of the grading period, so today was “your kid may fail” emails. And parents love these! Haha. I sent emails ...
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Things You Didn’t Know you Needed to Know

We’ve been around long enough, everyone thinks you’re an expert. I still feel like I’m figuring it out daily, but my Fine Arts Director thinks ...
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No Lazy Writers

Don’t Be Lazy It’s December. The longest 2 1/2 weeks of school. If your students are like mine, they are taking every shortcut possible. I ...
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Cola Wars

Cola Wars Marketing Video/Project This is one of my favorite lessons in Journalism 1. Students create a list of marketing strategies of Coke and Pepsi. ...
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Silent Thursdays

Years ago, one of my editors listened to a TED Talk and told me we were starting a new tradition: Silent Thursdays. The idea was, ...
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That’s my Girl!

Yep. I’m going to be that dad in this post. My daughter was launch into the yearbook editor-in-chief position last year when my senior editor ...
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Faculty/Staff Directory

Since the photos are in, I ask my photo company to create a photo directory of our faculty and staff. If your company doesn’t do ...
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Portrait Pages Are Here!

Portrait Pages: Ok, so this is one of the events that happens once each year, and I forgot how to do any of it. I’m ...
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ATPI Contest

Today was my photo classes’ deadline to turn in their best photos for the ATPI Fall Photo Contest. We work throughout the year on each ...
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Graphic Design Search

Before the final exam on graphic design in J1, I have students cut though magazines to find design elements. They glue them to the assignment ...
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Bad Verbs equal Bad Writing

After proofing a lot of newspaper stories and looking at yearbook pages in process, I realized that I needed to talk VERBS. STRONG WRITING EQUALS ...
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Basic Design Seminar

In Journalism 1, before I start the yearbook unit with graphic design. I have a graphic design terms quizlet then turn to Robin Williams’ Non-Designer’s ...
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Boston JEA/NSPA

We just returned from JEA/NSPA Convention in Boston. Hands down, the best thing I do with students is travel. The experience of traveling together, learning ...
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Environmental Portraits

For the first assignment of the six-weeks, I have photo students and Journalism 1 students take environmental portraits. These will be used online and possibly ...
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