Monday, October 21, 2013

Blog assignment #10

Randy Paush
I really enjoyed Randy Pausch’s lecture. I loved his attitude and how positive he was even though he was battling cancer. Randy’s lecture did a very good job engaging the audience with questions and jokes. I really liked the quote Randy said about dealing with a situation.
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand"
This goes right along with his positive outlook on life and his situation. This lecture is centered on following your childhood dreams, and how it is possible to achieve if you truly want them. Dr. Paush says “Brick walls are there to show us how badly we want something.” This is a great quote that says if you really want something do not let the obstacles stop you.

In this lecture Dr.Paush talks about how you should always act like Tigger in life. With this, he means that we should never let go of our wonder and dreaming that we all have as children.
Tigger bouncing
In the beginning of the lecture we learn that Dr. Randy Paush has cancer and has been given only a few months to live.This, however, does not stop him from living life to the fullest and achieving everything he planned to when he was a child. As a future teacher, this taught me that we should encourage children to set their goals as high as they can imagine. Letting students dream big encourages them to learn as much as possible to achieve their goals.

In his lecture, Dr.Paush explains his dreams he had as a child. These dreams were to be in zero gravity, playing in the NFL, writing an article for the World Book Encyclopedia, being Captain Kirk, winning a giant stuffed animal, and Being a Disney Imagineer. Dr. Paush then goes on to tell about how he achieved his dreams to the best of his ability. He explains how important it is to have specific dreams. As a teacher, I know I will come across the most creative dreams. It is important that I remember to always encourage students to never stop chasing their dreams no matter how crazy they appear to me.

Randy taught me a lot in this lecture. As a professor he let his students learn in a way they would enjoy, by giving them projects they were in total control of. This helped his students be more willing to learn. I also learned that you should always want criticism, because as Dr. Pausch said “when you are doing something badly, and no one is correcting you, then they have given up.” To be an affective teacher like Dr. Pausch, it is important to know how to encourage students through positive criticism. Dr. Randy Pausch was a very inspirational man who, with one lecture taught me many things about being an affective and powerful teacher.

 If you are going to dream, Dream Big. Small dog eating a big bone

1 comment:

  1. Hey Jacquelyne,
    I really liked your blog post regarding Randy's video! I completely agree with you when you said that he kept a positive attitude. Its so nice to see someone who is battling a fight with cancer have such strong encouraging words. His presentation video was very meaningful.

    How would you incorporate his inspirations and his ideas into your classroom?

    Thank you for sharing!
    Amanda Weller