For this weeks assignment we have been instructed to watch Randy Pausch: The Last Lecture, and I have to admit, Randy Pausch definitely knows what he is talking about. Not only is he a phenomenal inspiration, but a great teacher to say the least. Throughout his lecture, I learned many things regarding teaching and learning. What stuck out the most to me was his story regarding setting the bar. As a teacher, we never know exactly where the bar is. I found it to be great advice that his mentor told him to say "You can do better." He is right. While we may not know exactly where the bottom bar is, we will never know where the top bar is. It is our job as teachers to motivate our students to reach their highest potential. The best way to do that is to not give them a "maximum."
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