As you begin your year, focus on those relationships in your classroom. Yearbook and newspaper classes are the ultimate group project, and, let’s be honest, kids don’t know how to effectively do a group project. Heck, most adults don’t either.
It can be helpful to start the year off with a few weeks of bootcamp as training for new staff and a refresher for the returning staff. I usually start this off by covering the staff manual, and then let the editors teach the rest of the topics themselves.