Saturday, October 6, 2012

Blog Assignment #6

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

Randy Pausch is such an amazing speaker. This video of his last lecture, Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams, was inspirational. I learned some valuable things from watching this video. At the beginning of his speech he gave a list of his childhood dreams and he told how, in some way or another, he achieved each one. I was amazed that he achieved them all, some were not easy to accomplish.

My favorite thing that Randy Paush said in this speech was that, "experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." I think that when we look at a list of things we want to do and we try to accomplish them, we do not always succeed. Although, when we take time and work hard at other tasks and obstacles we tend to find ourselves at the opportunity to achieve our dreams. We tend to not take time and look at the big picture, instead we focus on getting what we want as soon as we can get it. Dreams take time, dedication, and heart.
Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch also used the term "brick wall" often in his speech. He said, "brick walls are not there to keep us out, they are there to show us how badly we want something. Brick walls let us show our dedication." In life there are always obstacles ("brick walls") that may seem to push us further away from our goals, but when we work through those obstacles we can see that those "brick walls" were just another step to reach our goals. Life is full of "brick walls" and the only thing that matters is how we come out of that experience.

He used such a great sense of humor in his speech. You could tell, by the stories he incorporated into his speech, that he used humor and creativity in his teaching. I plan on using humor to help liven up my classroom once I graduate and have a classroom of my own. Randy Pausch seemed like a teacher who reached out to his students and made a great impact on their lives. He speech was very inspirational and I hope that the way I teach has an impact on my students like Randy Pausch had on his students.


  1. Hi Leslie! I see that you have fulfilled the assignment requirements by having four full paragraphs, a picture with alt and title modifiers, and a link. There are a few typos and grammar mishaps, but nothing major. Just remember to reread what you write. Also, you didn't mention the "head fake" term that Pausch talks about throughout the speech. Remember, he says that the entire speech is a head fake because it's not about childhood dreams at all- it's about skills and attitudes that will lead you to live a good life. He also says at the very end that it was intended for his children especially. Overall though, this was a good post. I was also inspired by the methods in which Pausch gets his message across, and intend to use some of these ideas in my teaching as well. I can tell that you're passionate about becoming an educator like I am. Keep up the good work!
    -L.J. (Laura) Allen

  2. Leslie,
    Good post! I thought your post was well written and found few grammatical errors. And as LJ said, you met the requirements of the paragraphs and picture with ALT and Title modifiers. I thought that your post was thoughtful and insightful, but the last paragraph, to me, shows your dedication to teaching the most. I also think that having a sense of humor can keep your students engaged, but it is also best for the teacher as well because it helps them to be patient, to be more personable to students, and to be more able to roll with the punches when things don't go according to plan.
    Hang in there and good luck in your endeavor to become an inspirational teacher. You are doing great so far :)