Students will consider what makes a hero and discuss some of Ed’s most famous quotes.
Ed never felt he was a hero. He famously said: “You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things. You can be just an ordinary person who is determined to reach challenging goals.”
Discuss together as a class or in groups:
• What does the word “hero” mean?
• What makes someone a hero? Is it certain characteristics or something they have done?
• Why do you think Ed didn’t like to be called a hero?
• Do you think Ed was a hero? If not, can you think of a better word to describe Ed than hero?
Ed’s most famous quote is: “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” What do you think he meant? Ask students to think up their own quote to inspire others and present it creatively.
Ask students to think about whether they know someone, have heard or read about someone who has done something to help others? Who are they? What did they do? Why did they do it? Ask students to write about it, discuss with the class, or create a poster or collage.
Ask students to write a letter to the person they identify as helping others to say thank you — it could be their Mum or Dad, or a world leader. Younger students could create thank you cards.
Can students find out what khata are? What do they mean and why are they important? Do we have an equivalent here in New Zealand? The class can make a khata for each student. Think about what makes each person special and why they deserve to receive a khata. Or students can make a khata and present it to someone they would like to thank.