A member of my staff was visibly upset last week by death of David Bowie and this week by the guitarist, Glenn Frey of the well known American band the Eagles.
Being a child of the 80s, I have vague recollections of David Bowie’s interesting attire on Top of the Pops and a rumour of playing the Eagles tracks backwards to hear encrypted messages.
It is strange how death can shock us even when we do not know the person on a personal level. I know many who dug out the vinyl records and took time out to reminist over recent days.
David Bowie may not be everyone’s cup of tea but for me the line we could be heroes from the song Heroes has resonated with me since hearing the news.
I wrote a piece a while back hero or hero maker and again I am reminded that as a school leader we need to encourage our staff to be the heroes…even just for one day.
Teachers are the king or queen of their classroom kingdom and with this position comes responsibility beyond coronation.
Maybe our school colleagues may never feature on MTV (top of the pops is so last century!) but they will be etched in the memories of their pupils.
I had a teacher in secondary school, who had a passion for two subjects History and PE. His love of History inspired me to have a subject specialism in the area and to teach it with conviction. He was my form teacher, he showed care …mainly through quick witted humour and defused many tricky discipline issues with the skill of a stateman. He respected us as his pupils and in doing do gained our respect.
Interestingly, he shared his name with Bryan Adams though spelt differently, the pop star who had a number one with Everything I do… I do it for you…which stayed at number one for 16 consecutive weeks. I’m not sure Mr Adam’s mentra was the same but for me that’s often how it felt.
I heard he retired recently, in my mind he will always be an educational hero of mine. He inspired me to work hard, he taught me to play fair and expected me to do well.
As teachers you can leave a legacy in your kingdom. Make sure your pupils remember you for the right reasons.
We could be heroes…
I’m adding the #magicweavers – after listening to Sir John Jones at the Lisburn Principals association conference. Maybe you will seek out your hero or magic weaver…