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Fan or Follower?

I remember when I was in college I had a favorite band that I loved going to see live. A few years ago I contacted them because I noticed that they were going to be doing a show in my area. I took a longshot and offered to photograph a show for them when they were here. They responded and booked me for the gig.⁣

⁣Needless to say I was ecstatic.⁣

The night went on without a hitch and I got to meet people who I felt had impacted my life deeply… and then it ended.⁣

They got on their tour bus, I got in my car, and I haven’t seen or heard from them since. I wasn’t expecting to become best friends or talk about old times together, but I was a little let down. I was hoping the experience would be life altering for me, since I felt that they had such an impact on my life.⁣

The reality was that these rockstars, although I loved their music, had not personally impacted me at all. They didn’t know I had attended their shows years before, and they definitely had no real personal investment into my life, nor I in them.⁣

They were rockstars and I was simply a fan.⁣

Today I want to encourage you to be the amazing difference maker you are in the lives of your students. Don’t worry about being the rockstar, YouTube sensation, or pop icon that they seem to want to emulate in the moment. When it comes down to it, students are simply fans of the stars they talk about, but they are followers of the teachers they see everyday. ⁣

Although I have fond memories about the band I loved so much in college, and I remember a few of their songs, I don’t consider them to have shaped me into who I am today. My family, friends, and teachers have been the ones who have done that. Remember, rockstars may come up with lyrics that get stuck in our head, but teachers come up with moments that get stuck in our hearts. ⁣

⁣Our students don’t need another person to momentarily emulate, they need someone to follow.⁣

Lead them well.⁣


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  1. Thank you so much for the reminder. It is very important to show people that you care about them and what they are saying. I will slow down and make sure that I am present at the moment.

  2. Very valid points Chuk. would focus on it in my upcoming session

  3. Thank you for this. It is a reminder at the most appropriate time in my life. I am feeling so sad, but I have just been handling it by myself. So, thank you!

  4. I love this: “Remember, rockstars may come up with lyrics that get stuck in our head, but teachers come up with moments that get stuck in our hearts.” I have never felt that I made an impact on my learners… I try though… But I hope I do. Thank you for this share!!!