Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blog Post Number 7

Randy Pausch: Last Lecture
     Randy Pausch is such an inspiration to anyone who watches this video.There are numerous amounts of lessons to be learned through him. In his video, he talks about his dreams, him helping other people achieve their dreams, and the lessons hes learned along the way and the personal experiences in which he came in contact with through these things happening. Randy did so much in his life that most people could never dream of doing, but he did these things because he had very strong motivation, something we all should have.
     There are a lot of quotes that Randy said that really made me think. One of them is "When you're screwing up and no one is saying anything anymore, that means they've given up on you." This is something that a lot of people should really listen to. Instead of getting angry at people always pushing you, you need to accept their criticism and grow from it in order to make yourself better.
     "Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things." I believe that this is one of the best things that Randy said. No matter what kind of obstacles get in your way, if you really truly want something, nothing will stop you. This motivation is very good to have throughout your life, and I think it's a very good way to teach. To show kids to never quit and always push for what they want is what all students should learn.
     When Randy was about to fulfill one of his childhood dreams of becoming a Disney Imagineer, he learned another great life lesson. "There's a good way and a bad way to say I don't know." If someone comes to you with a great idea, it's always best to listen and learn what they are saying. It is wrong to shut it down because it is something new to you that you don't know about. I think every teacher needs to have this kind of mindset while teaching. Some teachers don't like change and only like things their way, and this shuts down kids creativity a lot of the times. This isn't good and we need to all make sure to be open to anything.
I am very happy that this video was assigned to us. It was truly inspirational and I feel like I have learned a lot from it. I plan to bring these lessons into my classroom and hopefully share them with students so they can pass them on.

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."


  1. Good post Emily!

    I really think that we can learn many things from Randy Pausch. I hope that you will continue to remember this post as you are a teacher. I know that I have learned so many things from this video.

    Good job,

    Stephen Akins

  2. I agree with your post. Knowing that this was his last lecture was very sad but to know that he was able to teach a valuable life lesson was inspiring. There was not one thing Randy said that I will not incorporate to my life. I plan on living and teaching by his example.