What Can We Learn About Teaching and Learning From Randy Pausch?
Today I watched Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. I really enjoyed
his lecture and his positive attitude even though he knew this was the last lecture he would ever give. It taught me so much about not only teaching, but learning as well. In his story about his days playing football, he talked about how his coach would correct him all day long and never let up and that this was a good thing because that means he did not give up on him. We should be like this with our future students. If we do not tell them what they are doing wrong, they will never get it right and grow from it.
I also learned that you can never give up on your dreams. Randy Pausch completed every one of his childhood dreams because he never gave up and to quote him "Brick walls are there for a reason. Brick walls are not there to keep us out, they are there to show how badly we want something. They're there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough."
When he spoke about trying to become an Imagineer for Disney. He spoke about two men who he was trying to run his project by. He stated that both of the men said the same thing, but it was how they said it that made the difference. One just simply said "I don't know!" and the other one said "I don't have much information but please tell me more." This is the attitude we need to have as teachers. We need to constantly learn new things and not shut out new ideas.
I enjoyed his discussion of his Virtual Reality class, It was a great example of PBL! The whole class was doing a project every two weeks and having a new group for each one. This class seemed like it would of been awesome to be apart of. Teaching something while having fun is the best way to learn.
Finally, this lecture taught me how we learn from everyone. From our current teachers to our future students, we can learn from everyone. This lecture inspired me so much and I cannot wait for what the future has in store for me.