Sunday, June 27, 2010

Assignment Eight

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

I thoroughly enjoyed Randy Pausch's last lecture on achieving your childhood dreams. This is a man who has devoted his entire life to helping others achieve their dreams. What stuck out to me were the two ways that he based his life on: live your life like a child because it keeps the drive in you and always help others. I believe this is a very good quote to base your life on.

Another thing I found amazing was his outlook on life. Here is a man who has a few months to live and all he can talk about is having fun. He did not want people to feel sorry for him. He tried to make all of his lessons and assignments fun first, and it would make learning for the students more enjoyable.

Randy Pausch achieved all of his childhood dreams, with the exception of altering a couple. When he first listed his childhood dreams I did not think that he would be able to achieve them. He proved any dream can be possible, but you need help from friends, family, mentors, and colleagues. Another thing he mentioned that really made me think was his comment about the brick walls. Brick walls are not meant to keep us from achieving out goals, but to show us how badly we want them and to keep those out who do not want it badly out.

Randy Pausch is a very remarkable educator, as well as a person. He showed his students that he really cared and that is the most important thing in education. He always put others before himself. Even when he was giving his last lecture he took the spotlight off himself and out it on his wife because it was her birthday. The end made me want to cry because his lecture was not geared toward leading yourself into the right direction, but to teach a lesson on how to live to his children. If we had more people like Mr. Pausch the world would be a much better place.


  1. I agree with you Ashley about Randy Pausch being such a remarkable educator! He made some amazing points in his talk and I felt extremely touched by the end of the video. I noted in my post how I saw how long the video was but am very glad that I watched the whole thing. Great post!

  2. Ashley,

    Your point about live your life like a child because it keeps the drive in you and always help others is a very important one especially as a future educator. You are going to be around young people and you have to take their perspective on learning and help them during their intellectual journey.