Sunday, October 9, 2011

Blog Assignment #7

"Randy Pausch's Last Lecture"

This video/lecture was so inspiring. In the video Dr. Pausch talks about his childhood dreams, enabling the dreams of others, and so much more! He also talks about "brick walls" which to him are "there for us to show how badly we want something". Brick walls are things that get in the way of our dreams. Dr. Pausch also says that, "brick walls are there to stop the people that don't want it badly enough." I found both of these comments to be refreshing and very motivational.

Dr. Pausch said, "Most of what we learn, we learn indirectly (or by "head fake"). In my opinion this couldn't be truer. When people are having fun and are really interested in something they soak up everything that surrounds that certain "thing". I think this was defiantly one of Dr. Pausch's teaching methods. Let the students have fun and they will learn in return.

I also think that Dr. Pausch had a similar motto to EDM310's "I Don't Know. Let's Find Out." He mentioned in the lecture that there's a good way and a bad way to say "I don't know". When you approach something you don't know with a positive attitude and with the willingness to actually find out what it is that you don't know, you are much more likely to find the answer. When you approach "I don't know" with negativity and frustration, most likely the road to the answer is going to be a bumpy one.

One comment Dr. Pausch made that I will certainly remember for a very long time was, "I, like Moses, get to see the promise land but I won't get to set foot in it. And that's OK because I can see it. And the vision is clear. Millions of kids having fun while learning something hard." This was just so eye opening to me. Dr. Pausch knew that he wouldn't be around to see all of the amazing things that his students and people everywhere would create or accomplish. And that was OK with him because he knew in his heart that it was going to happen, he knew the possibilities were there, the possibilities are HERE.


  1. Not sure what happened here but it's up now!

  2. Late See my comment above.

    Randy Pauch's Last Speech truly is an inspiration and a great guide in how to be a good educator.