I can’t be all sweetness and light…

I can’t be all sweetness and light, because I’d have no credibility.

Randy Pausch – Last Lecture

This isn’t the best, funniest or deepest line to come out of Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture. It’s filled with great lines. Seriously, go take a look at the transcript. It’s a gold mine.

But it is one of the two that I keep coming back to. It’s just not valid to have only good things to say. Everything has a negative side, although sometimes it’s very minor. It’s alway there.

I like this better the other way though, and I think it works perfectly in the classroom. Nothing is all bad. Even if something is going terribly wrong, there’s a good side. Classroom out of control? There’s bound to be at least one student sitting quietly doing their work. When you look back on a really bad day, try to find the positives, no matter how small.

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