What does Queen’s 1985 Live Aid performance have to do with teaching? Derek Peaple argues that it has a lot to do with it.
Surely, it has to be one of the greatest live performances of all time.
A performance also now showcased by the release of Bohemian Rhapsody to a whole new generation, who would otherwise have little reason to know much of Freddie, Queen or the Live Aid context.
What was it about that iconic, spelling-binding twenty-one minutes of performance on the early evening of 13 July 1985 that makes it so truly special?
Freddie’s charisma. His energy. Exuberance. Passion and bravado. The mesmeric bond with the crowd. The pace. Brian, John and Roger’s technical tightness as the perfect foil. Connection. The sheer joy of the shared moment?
Ingredients that combined to create brilliant performance on that night, and also are surely present in equally engaging learning every day…
The charisma, presence and passion of the teacher.
The energy transferred to the learner through the quality of relationships.
The technical, subject knowledge.
The pacy delivery, ‘chunking’ and range of activity.
The joy and excitement of a shared experience of discovery.
Rhapsody: an effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling.
What great performance, and great teaching and learning, is all about.
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