Lynn Bare 2017-08-25 05:33:21
BUILDING SKILLS AND RELATIONSHIPS IN YEARBOOK I believe yearbook is an important class because it teaches life skills. Yes, I teach writing, photography, desktop publishing and marketing. Those are all important skills. However, I think the ability to work as a team and get along with others trumps all of that. I think back to my high school days on the Southerner staff – the book I now advise – and it was there that I learned how to get along with opinionated people because we all had an opinion on how something needed to look. We truly had to learn how to either come to an agreement or agree to disagree. That skill serves me well every day. I believe yearbook is a place where I can teach my students some of the lessons that they don’t always accept from their parents. I try to greet them all as they enter the room with a “Good morning. How are you today?” and model those social skills that will help them in the workplace. I also teach my students how to write thank you notes; we send one to each advertiser in our yearbook. I am often amazed how many of my staff members don’t know how to write a thank you note! If I let them leave my course without that skill, I think I have missed an opportunity for a life lesson. Yearbook is my favorite class of the school day and I don’t try to hide it. There have been days over the years when I didn’t feel good but went to school because those kids were depending on me or because they brighten my day. They still make me smile as they often pop up out of nowhere to catch up. Two former editors are now teachers; one sells advertising in California; one works for a North Carolina advertising firm; one works in newspapers; one is a policeman; one is a North Carolina highway patrol trooper; one works in the planning office in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine; and one just finished her master's degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will attend North Carolina Central University in the fall for law school. And these people attribute some of their success to yearbook. Yearbook class has made me a better person. It has taught me patience with all people (not that you would always believe it), it has given me friends that I wouldn’t have met any other way, and it has given me the opportunity to build relationships with students that I can’t always get in my English classroom. I'm glad when I was looking for my first full-time teaching job that I told the principal I would be glad to do the yearbook. If has made the job much more fulfilling! Lynn Bare, NBCT, teaches journalism and is advising her 23nd yearbook at Southern Alamance High School in Graham, North Carolina. The Southerner yearbook has earned both Gold and Silver Medalists from CSPA, and almost every year it has been named a yearbook of distinction by the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, which also honored her students for feature writing, caption writing, design and advertising design. She has led sessions at the NCSMA journalism day, at Walsworth’s Camp Carolina and CSPA.
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