If you’re an educator, you’ve probably encountered the alien species that was born subsequent to 1980. These Gen Y’s are much decried by those with greyer hair for their lack of attention spans, sense of entitlement and unwilingness to graft.
“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”
— attributed to Socrates by Plato.
But, perhaps, this generation of learners are simply most in tune with cutting edge ways of learning, as supported by education research…
Here is a great talk from Danielle Hart, MD from the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center. She tells us how the so-called ‘Millenial Generation’ learn best and how teachers can maximise their students’ learning by adapting to their needs. If your approach to teaching is centered on passive learning through lectures, then it is time to evolve!
Hat tip to LITFL’s best mate in Cape Town, Sa’ad Lahri.