The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
The teaching methods of Randy Pausch are excellent. I enjoyed watching his last lecture and found it to be very powerful. I have learned from him.
One method of teaching that he advocates is the "head fake." That is, learning something while you think you are learning something else. A talented teacher can do this in the classroom. This will naturally happen throughout life , also, as you reflect on experiences. Randy Pausch's "head fake" at the end of his lecture was fantastic and moved me to tears.
Another technique, obviously employed in his life and classroom, is fun. Everybody likes to have some fun.Learning that is fun is so memorable and creates the engagement that most teachers desire. It is obvious that his class was very hard, but fun.
Randy Pausch also had a unique perspective on feedback. He was not afraid of the truth or difficult conversations that could help someone. The feedback that he provided for his students (bar graph) provided an opportunity for self-reflection. This in turn made them learn something about themselves. Wow!
Randy Pausch also believed in hard work. He expected his students to work hard as well. He definitely did not ask his students to do something he was not willing to do himself. This promotes a great habit and enables students to be prepared for the opportunities that become available. It's a great lesson.
Randy Pausch focused on others. A teacher is memorable when he or she focuses on students rather than on himself or herself. In fact, a teacher that is able to do this is cherished by students. Randy Pausch's focus was on providing the best opportunities for his students. He was also focused on the process of learning rather than just the product. This is a great example for all teachers to follow.
I reflected on many other things after watching the great lecture. These included loyalty, never giving up, dedication, and apologizing when necessary.
This last lecture has had a positive impact on me. Thanks for the assignment!