Yerd is not a term that I knew until I became the yearbook sponsor. Now I proudly claim the label of being a yerd. It is an exciting time to be involved in documenting the life of my middle school....and bringing a whole bunch of students along.
Last year I had a staff of mostly 6th graders join the Yearbook Club and through meeting about 2 hours every other week, we published a pretty amazing yearbook.
The best part of this is that I have terribly gifted students, students that struggle and "hate" school, students that don't fit anywhere and students that are extremely popular. Being a yerd means that none of this matters....you can be whomever you want. We have a place for you regardless of what you bring to the party! I'm just coming to understand this more and more....maybe it's my age and I know I'm in my last decade of teaching. It's what makes my profession the best of any out there...getting to help young people find a place, flourish and grow.
I couldn't do all this without the support of an amazing faculty who lets us take pictures and bop into their classrooms to snap LMS life in action. And my amazing yearbook rep, Barry from Herff Jones, who is relentlessly positive and full of possibility thinking. All have helped this science/math teacher transform (albeit very slowly) into a yearbook sponsor. To all of you, I owe more than I could ever repay but thank you.
My yearbook staff rocks it!!! They are champs and I hope all of them (except my 8th grader who is going off to high school) will come back next year. We have amazing new ideas to develop as we "Reveal LMS".