Randy Pausch Last Lecture
Randy Pausch is very knowledgeable and intelligent. His video Randy Pausch Last Lecture was created for his kids to show them how to live their lives and to teach them important lessons learned throughout life. It made me think about all of the dreams I had as a child and whether I accomplished them or never succeeded. Randy is all about teaching fundamentals, "double fakes", and experience.
Learning and teaching fundamentals are a key factor when dealing with education. As long as you have the basics down, everything else will fall into place eventually. "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." Along with this saying, is the meaning "double fake." It's the way of teaching making students think their learning something else. For example, playing football starts out as learning how to tackle, block, catch, and throw. As you conquer these skills and start playing games, you also learn sportsmanship, dedication, and leadership. Always be prepared because luck is where preparation meets opportunity. You never know what you might learn when given a situation.
Randy advised us on how to help others achieve goals in his lecture:
-- Show gratitude
-- Be earnest
-- Don't complain; just work harder
-- Be good at something: it makes you valuable
-- Find the best in everybody
I will definitely keep all of these in the back of my mind when I become a teacher. Randy also talked about never setting a bar for your students. Always tell them they can do better. I remember my teachers' had standards for how we did our work, but they never did say our work was good enough. This taught me to keep working hard and strive to get better every day.
In my opinion, Dr. Pausch's lecture was life changing. Not only did he give great advise, he gave his personal experiences in life and showed how they effected him. This video has made me appreciate life more and to really think about how and what I teach my students so they can learn the most knowledge possible in the least amount of time. He was a great role model and I'm sure he changed many lives.