A provocative commencement speech

Teachers here at PHS can view this at school. Students you will have to log in to youtube somewhere else. What are your reactions to Steven Jobs thoughts?

4 thoughts on “A provocative commencement speech

  1. What an absolutely amazing speech. As I think about my position at Paris High School, I feel truly lucky to be here. I never applied to Paris High School for my job; instead, I was sought out by the principal who happened to talk to the principal at Charleston who had not hired me for an opening there. I was devestated that I did not get the job I so wanted at Charleston High School. Now I am so glad I came to Paris. I love my job at Paris High School. I enjoy working with my students and the rapport I have with them. Though there are certain parts of my job I could do without, I am anxious each day to get to school, and when that 8:15 bell rings, I look forward to what the day will bring.

    Had it not been for my getting a job at Paris High School, I would not have met my wife Lisa, and I would not be expecting my first child. Meeting my wife was the best thing that has ever happened to me. She brings so much joy to me each day and takes care of me, which I never thought I needed.

    Steven Jobs’ thought on death was another topic I found interesting. This has been somewhat of a strange school year for me, in that I am realizing I am no longer a new teacher. In fact, by the end of this year, I will be one of the most senior members in the Language Arts department, minus Miss E., Mrs. Pool, and Mrs. Kelsheimer. This was a wake-up call for me. As much as I hate to admit it, I am getting older, and I don’t know where that time has gone. What I did figure out, though, is that I have a great deal more of my career to go, and I cannot allow myself to fall into a rut and not embrace change. All of this new technology scared me at first when I started hearing about it. Blogs, wikis, Smartboards all meant more time preparing lessons, but I have watched my students using my blogspot and am so glad I took the time to catch up.

    Before this year, I was pretty satisfied with how I taught my classes. I felt like I was preparing my students the best I could, but I was wrong. It is too early in my career to be satisfied with the way my classroom runs; in fact, I hope I am never truly satisfied with the way I educated my students. Why? I need to constantly challenge myself to do better and find better and more efficient ways to deliver the content to my students. I want there to come a time when my students are the ones teaching themselves and only need me to facilitate them. I have tried this with the Perfect High School project and the After Prom Project, but there needs to be more of these types of projects. I faced complacency this year and realized it was not how I wanted to run my classroom; I’m so glad I broke free from it, as I think I have benefited my students.

    I hope this makes sense to those reading. Life is funny…Without the unexpected twists and turns, we might not get to the places we truly want to be, especially if we are not willing to look within ourselves and make the changes that are necessary to make.

    Mr. D.

  2. That was an intriguing and thought-provoking speech from Mr. Jobs. I am so glad I checked out Dave Meister’s blog!
    I have had many careers in my life: retail, corporate manager, English teacher, business owner, and now working in workforce development assisting the executive director of a non-profit organization. Each has had its rewards and its downfalls.
    I plan to send this speech on to my son who is in NYC trying to “figure out what he wants to do.” Perhaps it will be impetus he needs.

  3. Dave, Dave, Dave,

    Finally I get a minute to catch up on my RSS feeds and what do you give me? A 30 minute video I can’t stop watching. I feel like I’ve just had one of those inspirational moments that slip unexpectedly into the category of epiphany.

    This should be required viewing at all commencements. I’ll share it with my own faculty gladly–though, like yours, they’ll have to either watch it at home or get a student to help them bypass the firewall to see it at school.

    This weekend, I’m going to add your blog to the list of candidates for the Featured for April poll at ISTE’s Bloggers’ Hut in Second Life. While no huge honor, I hope that brings it into the sights of other teachers and administrators who may not have discovered it. Cheers to you: My day will be very different now 🙂 (and hey, fix that title spelling! lol)

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