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Round robin editing for yearbook and newspaper staffs

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When pages are done and almost ready to go to the publisher, we do a “round robin” editing party. I build it right into the calendar for two days (so we’re not rushed).

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Just edit for your style/theme, print (I do it on cardstock and laminate for durability), and cut along the lines (invest in a desktop paper cutter if you haven’t already!)

NOTE: Currently working on recreating the cards in Google docs – stay tuned!

Each card has a letter at the top and a category. Then it lists what to look for on each spread. Each person is JUST looking for their card’s category. Even if there is a glaring error, they cannot comment about it, unless it’s their category (this keeps things organized).

HOW TO DO IT

At the door when they come in, each kiddo picks a card at random. Some are more work than others, so I just make sure the same person doesn’t get the “hard” one again. We have a larrrrrge school with roughly 8 billion students 😉 so we break up the name check category in 2-3 alpha-split sections, or by grade level.

We arrange all the desks in a circle and everyone brings their printed spread. I provide sticky notes, pens, candy/chips (aka motivation), and we staple a blank (color coded depending on deadline because I’m extra like that!) sheet of paper on top of their spread. I set the timer for 3 minutes. Everyone starts with someone else’s spread, and we rotate around the circle.

On the spread itself, they write “A1, A2, A3” in the areas needing corrections. On the blank sheet, they write descriptions for each correction. This saves space from writing the actual corrections all over the spread, as 20+ people are going to be looking at it and it can get a little messy. The kids begin to really SCRUTINIZE each other’s spreads (in a constructive way) which is awesome (saves me time!) and can get pretty hilarious… the silly mistakes are the best!