Sunday, March 4, 2012

Blog Post 6

Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

Dr. Randy Pausch didn't hold back when it came to his teaching methods. "Last Lecture" is not only inspiring for someone who is planning on being a teacher but, for anyone who is around people! The energy he used during his lecture made me want to watch more. The passion he showed toward wanting his students to achieve every goal that they set is truly remarkable.

brick wallIn his lecture he makes a comment about how you should never set the bar, this statement stuck with me more than some others. The idea of having a person stop when they get to a certain place in their life, when they think that is all that needed to be done, made me realize how often I stop once my goal is reached. He talks about how you shouldn't stop when one project is done you should make a good idea, great! It makes you wonder what else could have been accomplished if every time you finished something someone would have asked for a little more.

"Have them think they are learning something else", how true is that? Personally my best learning is done when I don't even realize I'm doing it! He mentions the term "head fake" a couple times. A great way to do this is to integrate subjects into one another. One that comes to mind is to have kids make shapes of states using their bodies to outline it. You could also have students form words using their bodies. I think a kids mind is best used when they aren't bored into a text book. More teachers should use the idea of integrating subjects to make sure they aren't preaching instead of teaching.

the book last lecture and family portraits

Enable, to make able; provide with means or power. In this video he said you should be an enabler. I think that if anyone has children, works with children, or if they are around them, they should be an enabler. How often do you settle for something other than your best? The way he made someone feel like they aren't just another student in a desk makes me want to be as active as I can be once I become a teacher. Seeing the impact he made not only in his personal life but his students life is very inspiring. To have watched one video and feel like I've walked away with a stronger work ethic makes me wonder if I could be a teacher like that. Would my future students think so highly of me? I think that his leadership is one of the greatest qualities that shines through in this video. I can honestly say I enjoyed watching this!


  1. Heather, I really enjoyed reading your post. You were very informative about the video as well as your own opinion about what he said. The only constructive criticism I can offer you is to watch your comma placements throughout your post. Some of it is a little confusing because of the comma placements. Other than that it was a great post!

  2. The reason we include this video is to inspire you to bust through those brick walls, to raise the bars, to execute effective head fakes and much more. I hope you will do these things when you are a teacher.

    Keep on learning!