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What is your legacy?

I have just realized that it has been over a year since I last blogged. Time does fly and I find it a shock that I haven’t written for so long.

My thoughts recently have been centered on the whole idea of “legacy”. As I continue on my journey, I have now been in my current setting for 12 years , my mind is thinking about,”What next”. I believe there is not a lot in this world that is permanent, so what will be my legacy when I leave this job , this life , this world. What foundations have I built to make sure that students leave school with the tools they need to thrive in this world? Should legacies be less about the teacher and more about the learner?

In schools when you are away, you set reliefs. I have  observed that on occasion , students are less focused and see the relief lesson as an opportunity to  muck around a bit because the “real ” teacher is not there. The classroom structures that have been setup ,fail because the teacher is not there to uphold them.

I hope that  when our students leave school they have the tools to be able to make gRippling water drop, copyright iStockphoto.com/deliormanliood choices. That they don’t collapse and fall because the “teacher” is no longer with them. Our legacy needs to be faceless.  Our legacy as educators needs driven from the student, owned by the student and flamed by the student.

That way we can be confident it will remain , long after the time they have been with us.

About mattwpearce

Head of Secondary at Lighthouse School Mauritius from 2019


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