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Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends!

I get by with a little help from my friends,
I get high with a little help from my friends,
Going to try with a little help from my friends.

                                                                        THE BEATLES


The Beatles came out of Liverpool in 1960. They became perhaps the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the history of popular music. The band's best-known lineup consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.  The Beatles certainly have one of the most successful catalogues in all of music.  Some songs are simply fun, but if you truly listen to the lyrics of some of their best, you will hear some profound wisdom.


“I Get by With a Little Help” is quoted above and is one of my favorites. This is a very strange song for The Beatles. It has a fine basic melody but a very boring chorus. Ringo’s vocals are sheer bread and butter while the other band members go into stylish high notes on the backing track. It’s Ringo’s heartfelt vocal performance that makes this song one of their best, in my opinion. And by the way, don’t forget to listen to Ringo’s brilliant drum breaks too.


What we must remember though, is that Ringo was only one of the fabbed four.  The Beatles were not a solo act.  We often associate Lennon and McCartney as the leaders of The Beatles, but often, we heard  less about Ringo and George. Together they were “The Beatles”. I think we can learn from the lyrics of this song, as well as the presence of the overall band.


First of all, as we work in teams, we must realize that we cannot go about our business alone.  We will all have days that we need a little help from our friends.  That help may be simply making copies, running an errand or picking up some supervision.  More importantly, we also need each other to keep balance at work.  We will all have days where we fall below the line and get frustrated. It is our job, as work friends, to help and pull each other back above the line.


Secondly, we see as within The Beatles, that at any time anyone of them was the leader.  They all have strengths, songs and talents that at different times, put them in front.  I believe that as a team, we all have different strengths that we can share, and lead at different times.  You can see examples of this in different areas at our school such as: technology, due process, curriculum, communication, SAT and data. Think about your own team, our school or our district.  We all have our roles to play, and times where we will be the “LEAD”. What is key is that we know when to sing on the back track, and when to take the lead.  We need to know when our role is support and when it is our time to lead.


Let us celebrate the fact that we can count on each other for our strengths, and get by with a little help from our friends when we find our weakness.  This is another way we can continue to live and teach with passion for our students at CSE!


Keep on Truckin’


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