Citizenship in the Yearbook Committee

Lesson Twelve

A yearbook committee provides many opportunities for students to learn how to become good citizens. Being a good citizen means caring about others and doing your best to contribute to society. Certain qualities make up good citizens and set them apart from others. This Chalk Talk will cover the qualities of a good citizen as they relate to the yearbook committee.

Qualities of a good citizen and how to incorporate them into your yearbook committee  

Self Discipline – This quality helps one improve many aspects of him/herself.

Students can display self-discipline by breaking down assignments into smaller tasks and giving themselves personal goals and deadlines for each task. This quality could be tested when students must choose between finishing a yearbook task deadline or socializing with friends. Choosing to finish the task is displaying the quality of self-discipline.

Encouragement – This quality focuses on supporting and reassuring others.

In the yearbook committee, students can display encouragement by supporting other yearbook committee members. Letting other members know they are doing a good job and helping them with any issues they may be experiencing are good ways to show encouragement.

Respect – This quality focuses on treating others the same way you would wish to be treated.

Students can display respect by caring about other students.  They can show respect by listening to others and speaking to them with kindness.  A student can also respect their committee by fulfilling commitments (e.g. being on time, finishing deadlines, showing up to events).It is also important to have self-respect. For example, if a student is working on a yearbook spread and it isn’t turning out how they had hoped, it is important for that student to step back and think about the positive things that they have accomplished up until this point.

Honesty – This quality focuses on being truthful to others and ourselves.

In the yearbook committee, students can display honesty by taking responsibility for things that they have done (or not done). For example, if a student does not complete a yearbook spread on time, they will display good citizenship if they own up to not completing it on time, rather than lying or blaming it on someone else.

Compassion – This quality focuses on identifying with others and caring about their emotions.

In the yearbook committee, students can display compassion when interviewing students and teachers for the yearbook. Sometimes interview topics for the yearbook can be emotional; identifying with the person being interviewed is a thoughtful way a student can show compassion in this situation.

Courage –  This quality focuses on overcoming fears.

Students can display courage by stepping out of their comfort zones. For instance, a student who is shy can show courage by interviewing someone. Even though it might not seem significant to others, it is courageous because it was something the student was fearful of doing.

Learning these qualities can help your students grow as good citizens while growing as a yearbook committee.