This 70-minute lecture by Charlie Kaufmanâ€” Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Being John Malkovichâ€” on screenwriting applies equally well, I think, to being an educator. Consider the following excerpt, but replaceÂ screenplay withÂ learningâ€“ for the student perspectiveâ€“ or evenÂ teaching!
A screenplay is an exploration. Itâ€™s about the thing you donâ€™t know. To step into the abyss. It necessarily starts somewhere, anywhere, there is a starting point, but the rest is undetermined, it is a secret, even from you. Thereâ€™s no template for a screenplay, or there shouldnâ€™t be. There are at least as many screenplay possibilities as there are people who write them. Weâ€™ve been conned into thinking there is a pre-established form.
While I sometimes found it difficult to distinguish quotations from his original thoughts, I found both to be engaging and inspiring.