Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Teaching

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/books/07/25/obit.pausch/index.html

http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1826574,00.html?xid=feed-cnn-topics

Seldom do we get to learn from great professors of academia AND life. This is the kind of teacher I am aspiring to be. It will take time and hard work. There will be obstacles. They will be overcome.

Perhaps the most intriguing similarity I have with Randy Pausch is his tidbits of information. I always try to come up with these when I have students struggling. I always found these valuable for learning. It makes the goal tangible, it stresses a process rather than an event, and it encourages work. Best of all, you never give up the answer. You show the point on the map marked "You are here". The tidbit could be a compass, or it could be motivation, or it could be perspective. the best part is there are no answers. That would spoil the journey.

Here are a few of Pausch's, stolen from the TIME article:

Don't complain. Just work harder.

Luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity.

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

The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough.

If you lead your life the right way ... the dreams will come to you.

The dreams live on. Thanks Randy!