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Monday, October 11, 2010

Blog Post # 7

I think this is absolutely amazing and I loved this video. It is so inspiring and I learned so much from this video and so much about how to just enjoy your students and encourage them. Randy Pausch's take on Childhood Dreams is awe inspiring and so moving. He absolutely had me laughing the whole time and everything he said you could relate to. As far as his teaching techniques, I think they are brilliant.

I loved him talking about wanting to be in the NFL but getting more out of it by not being in it than he would have from making it. His Quote, "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." This is so true because like Dr. Pausch said, he got more out of trying and practicing than he believed he would have if he tried for the pros. He found out that your critics are the one who ride you because they haven't given up on you. This is a great piece of wisdom to give to our students and to let them know that if we are hard on them it is because we know they can succeed and we have not and will not give up on them.

When he talks about there being brick walls in front us and only the ones who really want it will figure out a way around it. Like Dr. Pausch did when he resined as the space group's faculty leader and became there local journalist so that he could go up in the Zero Gravity flight with his team, because NASA would not allow faculty to go on the flight. this could be used as a great example to show students how they can do anything they want as long as they want it bad enough and are willing to work for it.

Lastly but certainly not the least greatest technique he gave us was when he had started the new course of 50 students who were to create web worlds in groups every two weeks and when they came back for the first project they blew him away. Then he was stuck wondering what to do next and called his mentor Andy and Andy told him to go back and say they "did good" but "they could do better". This was so they would not get complacent but try harder to create even better projects than the last time and see where they could end up. If he had gone back in there and just praised them that would have been the topping point of them trying and why stop when there is always more to learn.

He was one of the best professors I sure and I would have loved to taken his class. I know he touched so many people with this video and everyone in the world should watch it because he was a great man and an even better teacher. Even with everything he had going on there was still so much he was willing to give so that others could recognize their dreams as well. He was an inspiration to aspiring teachers everywhere and all he did was give students an opportunity to follow there dreams and find something they are passionate about and share it with the world.

1 comment:

  1. Brittany, I love what you wrote and I agree that Dr. Pausch was a great teacher. It would have been a pleasure to have known him. He did ask for his students to try and do better than they did before and I think they responded to his praise of what they had done and it made them want to do better. I will be reading his books, because through them I can get to know him.