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Presentation given by Matthew Bodie at St. Petersburg College All Professional Day about learning from Randy Pausch and Jeffery Zaslow's book, The Last Lecture, with hopes of educators sharing material with their students.

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  2. 2. Learning with the Last Lecture<br />
  4. 4. Randy Pausch(powsh) was:<br />Ph.D. graduate,CarnegieMellon’s Computer Science program. <br />A professor at University of VA from 1988-1997. <br />A Disney Imagineerand consultant. <br />
  5. 5. Randy Pauschwas:<br />Founder of Alice, educational programming language. <br />Professor atCarnegieMellon (CM) from 1997-2007. <br />Co-founder of CM’s Entertainment Technology Center<br />
  6. 6. Randy Pauschwas:<br />(Co)author of at least 60 journal articles and six books. <br />Husband to Jai & father to three children: Dylan, Logan & Chloe.<br />Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given only 3-6 months of good health in 2007. <br />
  7. 7. Pausch delivered “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” at CM as part of the Journeys series, formerly The Last Lecture series, Sept. 18, 2007.<br />WSJ columnist Jeff Zaslow was in the audience and wrote about the inspiring experience. Word and videos spread and... <br />
  8. 8. Zaslow talked Pausch into working with him on the book. While exercising on his bike, Pausch dictated stories to Zaslow. <br />The book was published in May 2008 and quickly became a #1 bestseller, remaining on the NYT list for 85 weeks. <br />
  10. 10. The Last Lecture is not about death; it’s about life! <br />It’s about Childhood Dreams (4:15-12:03)<br />“Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals . . . You’ve got to get the fundamentals down, because otherwise the fancy stuff is not going to work.”(pp.35-36) <br />
  11. 11. Childhood Dreams<br />“Coach Graham rode you pretty<br />hard, didn’t he?” he said.<br />I could barely muster a “yeah.”<br />“That’s a good thing,” the assistant told me. “When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.” (pp. 36-37) <br />
  12. 12. Childhood Dreams<br />Of his football coach, Randy says, “He knew there was really only one way to teach kids how to develop [self-esteem]. You give them something they can’t do, they work hard until they find they can do it, and you just keep repeating the process.” (p. 37)<br />
  13. 13. Childhood Dreams<br />“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.” (p. 149).<br />
  14. 14. Childhood Dreams<br />When we send our kids to play organized sports...it’s not because we’re desperate for them to learn the intricacies of the sport. What we really want them to learn is... teamwork, perseverance, sportsmanship... This kind of indirect learning is what some of us like to call a “head fake.” (p. 39) <br />
  15. 15. So what else is the book about? <br />It’s about Adventures &Lessons Learned (16:48-23:46)<br />
  16. 16. Adventures &Lessons Learned<br />“Brick walls are there for a reason, they give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” (p. 52)<br />“[S]ometimes, the most impenetrable brick walls are made of flesh.”(p. 53)<br />“[O]nceyou get over [brick walls]—even if someone has practically had to throw you over—it can be helpful to others to tell them how you did it.” (p. 174)<br />
  17. 17. Adventures &Lessons Learned<br />“If you wait long enough, people<br />will surprise and impress you...When you’re frustrated with people, when they’ve made you angry, it just may be because you haven’t given them enough time.” (p.149)<br />
  18. 18. So what else is the book about? <br />Enabling Dreams of<br /> Others <br />Tommy <br />(30:21-32:05)<br />Dennis<br />(1:03:55-:1:05:06)<br />
  19. 19. Enabling Dreams of Others <br />“Just because you’re in the driver’s seat…“doesn’t mean you have to run people over.” (p. 23)<br />“Loyalty is a two way street.” (p.153)<br />“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” (p. 147)<br />
  20. 20. Enabling Dreams of Others <br />“[W]hen I was told that only 4<br />percent of pancreatic cancer patients live five years, a line from the Star Trek movie The Wrath of Khan came into my head…The film explains that when Kirk was a cadet, he reprogrammed the simulation because he didn’t believe<br />in the no-win scenario.”(p. 45)<br />
  21. 21. So what else is the book about? <br />It’s about How To Live Your Life (1:01:32-1:03:10)<br />
  22. 22. How To Live Your Life<br />I’ll take an earnest person over a hip person every time, because hip is short-term. Earnest is long-term.<br />Earnestness is highly under-estimated. It comes from the core, while hip is trying to impress you with the surface. (p. 133)<br />
  23. 23. How To Live Your Life<br />Don’t Complain; Just Work Harder. (p. 138)<br />Treat the Disease; Not the Symptom. (p. 139)<br />Start By Sitting Together. (p. 142)<br />If I could only give three words of advice, they would be “tell the truth.” (p. 163)<br />
  24. 24. For more classroom tools, visit:<br />http://spcollege.libguides.com/oboc <br />