Dr. Randy Pausch's Last Lecture Last Lecture was a very imspiring video to watch. I was amazed by his strentgh and outlook on life. He still was a teacher even in his last days.
Dr. Pausch talked about his childhood dreams. He talked about achieving thise dreams. At zero gravity he wanted to float, that's all. He wanted to be in the NFL, but never made it. He wanted to write in the World Book and he did. He was in the World Book about Virtiual Reality. He didn't become Captain Kirk. He became someone better. Captain Kirk wanted to meet him. He loved winning stuffed animals and so did his father. This last childhood dream was the hardest.. being an Imagineer. He did that very well.
He stated that when there is an elephant in the room, you address it. He said to smile a lot. You are to enable the dreams of others. I believe this is what we as teachers should do. Find out what are the dreams of your studnets and help them reach their dreams. We must learn how to achieve our dreams to enable the dreams of others.
You will hit brick walls. They are there for a reason. The walls let us prove how badly we want them. They are also there to stop the poeple that don't want it badly enough. We must teach this to our students. Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. Man, I have a lot of experience. I have hit that wall so many times. Find out what you do best and do it your best. You must have something to bring to the table. It will make you more welcomed.An imangineer is in the business of telling, just like a teacher.
We should all be teachers. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. This is so true. Thank God he has not granted all my wishes I have wished for! People say things in two ways: bad or good. Best thing to give someone is the chance to show other people how to be happy. Teachers, this is our business. We are to lift every student up. We are to tell all students to reach for the sky. Teachers are to make hard concepts fun to learn.
When we have hard concepts allow the children to work in groups. They need to figure the concept out, not just us standing up there in front of the room telling them what is on the test. We as teachers should challenge our students to think. I believe we teachers need to be challenged too. I feel this class is challenging me! Which is great.
Dr. Pausch formed ALICE which is a computer software company. His students thought they were making a story not a program. It is all on how you present the concept. Don't be affraid to brake the mold. One of the hardest things to do is to become self reflecting. The other hardest thing to do is to listen to someone give you feedback about yourself. Wow! That is so hard to put your feelings aside and listen.
The roles of teachers, parents, mentiors, and students can be tough, but we need those relationships. Let kids be kids!! I love that. Let kids paint their own rooms. Allow children to have a voice. Be either be Tigger or Eeyore. Please never lose child like wonder! We are to help others. Be honest, tell the truth. Please apologize when you screw up, and we all do. Your focus should be on others, not yourself. If you don't think kids should think and act like children, I pray that one of my sons doesn't get you for his teacher. I really think every one in education should have to watch this video. He seemed down to Earth. He seemed to know about real life and how it works.