What’s a Novella? A novella has generally fewer conflicts than a novel, yet more complicated ones than a short story. The conflicts also have more time to develop than in short stories. Eytomology is Italian which means tale What’s a Generation? The sum total of experiences, ideas and values shared by people of different generations makes for a melting pot of work approaches and priorities. Each generation has distinct attitudes, behaviors, expectations, habits and motivational buttons When did I notice the difference: 1) Realized I was the child of depression era parents—they saved EVERYTHING; everything had a purpose and it could be saved for later use—now I see Hoarders and think of how wrong it could have gone! 2) Always swore I would be acdepting of music of all eras and then coldn’r relate to punk, thrashers, Kurt Cobain, rap, Adan and the Beatles When Michael Jackson dies some of the younger staff said they never knew he was black!
Generations are more than just numbers; they have personalities that are shaped by many factors including what’s happening in the world when they come of age.
While Millennials will be attending colleges and universities at least through 2017 (b. 1994), those from the single largest birth year in 1990 will typically enter college about 2008 and will likely graduate from 2011 to 2013. The class entering college in 2009 and thereafter will get smaller for many years. This population decline is expected to begin impacting colleges and universities only four or five years from now. The college and university competition to recruit Millennial students after 2008 will be fierce as the supply of high school students drops. We can then expect an even greater graduate student and continuing professional education competition for Millennials. The very large Millennial immigrant population and local birth rates will vary the impact times on a specific college or university, particularly those which draw from a specific community, state or region. This coming precipitous decline in the pool of prospective undergraduate students is likely to increase the differentiation of college and university services marketed to Millennials. In short, in the near future more competitive environment, the most successful colleges and universities will enter market niches specifically designed to attract and engage Millennial students.
You be the leader. This generation has grown up with structure and supervision, with parents who were role models. The “You be the parent” TV commercials are right on. Millennials are looking for leaders with honesty and integrity. It’s not that they don’t want to be leaders themselves, they’d just like some great role models first. Challenge me. Millennials want learning opportunities. They want to be assigned to projects they can learn from. A recent Randstad employee survey found that “trying new things” was the most popular item. They’re looking for growth, development, a career path. Let me work with friends. Millennials say they want to work with people they click with. They like being friends with coworkers. Employers who provide for the social aspects of work will find those efforts well rewarded by this newest cohort. Some companies are even interviewing and hiring groups of friends. Let’s have fun. A little humor, a bit of silliness, even a little irreverence will make your work environment more attractive. Respect me. “Treat our ideas respectfully,” they ask, “even though we haven’t been around a long time.” Be flexible. The busiest generation ever isn’t going to give up its activities just because of jobs. A rigid schedule is a sure-fire way to lose your Millennial employees.
SAEM Novela of the Marvelous Millennials
Generation X: Born 1965 – 1982
Baby Boomers: Born 1946 - 1964
Matures, Silents: Born 1900 – 1946
Many people are born on the cusps of two
generations, and do not “fit” their
also called “Generation M or Y,” “Echo
Boomers,” or the NET Generation
roughly 30% of the American population
children of Baby Boomers or early wave
members of Generation X
the most diverse generation in our
history – 34% are nonwhite or Latino
Oklahoma City bombing
Busy, over-planned lives (more than 75% of time spent in structured experiences)
Malfunction atThree Mile Island nuclear power plant caused a near meltdown
Iranian students took 66 people hostage at the US Embassy inTehran
US boycotts the Olympics in Moscow
President Regan shot
The Equal Rights Amendment passed (though not ratified)
The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts
The ExxonValdez spills more than ten million gallons of oil into PrinceWilliam Sound
The BerlinWall demolished
Four white police officers accused of beating Rodney King were acquitted
Shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado left 13 students and one teacher dead
Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 10,000 for the first time
It took more than a month to declare a winner of the presidential election because of ballot
("hanging chad") disputes
Four US planes were hijacked in attacks on the WorldTrade Center and the Pentagon, killing more
that 3000 people leading the US into an ongoing fight against terrorism
War is waged against Afghanistan and Iraq
Baby Boomers Generation X Millennials
Outlook Practical Optimistic Skeptical Hopeful
Work ethic Dedicated Driven Balanced Determined
View of authority Respectful Love/hate Unimpressed Equals
Leadership by Hierarchy Consensus Competence Pulling together
Change Revolution Managed Expected Fluid
Own work Do it all Do with help Contract Cut and paste
Chambers, D.W. (2005). Generations. Journal of the American College of Dentists, 72(3), 27-36.
Zemke, R. Raines, C., & Filipczak, B. (2000). Generations at work: Managing the clash of Veterans,
Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in your workplace. New York: Amacon.
Focus on children and family
Scheduled, structured lives
are fascinated by new technologies
identify with their parents’ values
1 in 5 have at least one immigrant parent
gravitate toward group activities
grew up in a time of economic prosperity
the most protected generation in terms of
government regulations on consumer safety
often indulged as a result of changing child-
multi-tasking is a way of life
Diana Oblinger (Understanding the New Students, EDUCAUSE Review, July/August 2003)
More Choices; More Selectivity: Millennials expect a much greater array of product
and service selectivity. They have grown up with a huge array of choices and they
believe that such abundance is their birthright.
Experiential and Exploratory Learners: Millennials strongly prefer learning by
doing. They almost never read the directions; love to learn by doing, by interacting.
Multiplayer gaming, computer simulations, and social networks are some of their
favorite environments and provide little penalty for trial and error learning.
Flexibility / Convenience: Millennials prefer to keep their time and commitments
flexible longer in order to take advantage of better options; they also expect other
people and institutions to give them more flexibility.
Personalization and Customization: Once Millennials do make their choices in
products and services, they expect them to have as much personalization and
customization features as possible to meet their changing needs, interests and tastes.
Impatience: Millennials, by their own admission, have no tolerance for delays. They
expect their services instantly when they are ready. They require almost constant
feedback to know how they are progressing.
Practical, Results Oriented: Millennials are interested in processes and services that
work and speed their interactions.
Multitaskers: Millennials excel at juggling several tasks at once since this an
efficient, practical use of their time and, they are very impatient.
Digital Natives: Millennials clearly adapt faster to computer and internet services
because they have always had them. While they still clearly want and expect expert
teachers in a face-to-face environment, they expect the speed, convenience,
flexibility and power provided by digitally provided services and resources.
Gamers: Millennials have spent thousands of hours playing electronic, computer and
video games. They love the constant interactivity, full motion multimedia, colorful
graphics, the ability to learn and progress to higher levels, and the ability to
collaborate with friends in their learning and competitions.
Nomadic Communication Style: Millennials have more friends and communicate
with them more frequently using IM (instant messaging), text messaging, cell phones
as well as more traditional communication channels. They are prolific
Collaboration & Intelligence: After many years of collaborating at schools, day
care, soccer teams, orchestras, peer-to peer networks, games, and other
programmed activities, Millennials know how and when to work with other
people more effectively. Even those who do not prefer collaboration typically do
so, if they think it gives them a practical advantage.
Balanced Lives: They don’t want to work 80 hours a week and sacrifice their
health and their leisure time, even for considerably higher salaries. Yet they
expect to earn incomes exceeding their parents.
Millennial Behaviors & Demographics, Richard Sweeney
University Librarian, New Jersey Institute ofTechnology
In the survey, "TheAmerican Freshman:
National Norms Fall 2010," involving more than
200,000 incoming full-time students at four-
year colleges, the percentage of students rating
themselves as "below average" in emotional
health rose. Meanwhile, the percentage of
students who said their emotional health was
above average fell to 52 percent. It was 64
percent in 1985.
What Should We Do To Facilitate
Support Their Success?
How do millennial students prefer to
What strategies promote student
How can we engage and motivate
Maximize opportunities for social contact
Actively engage them with material we are trying to teach
Find ways to help students create meaning between their life experience and
Foster a sense of a learning community
Build rapport with students
Promote student to student connections
Facilitate student participation
Create a safe, welcoming, inclusive classroom atmosphere
Provide high, clear Expectations
Offer individual feedback
Engage with/through technology where appropriate
Utilize group work: collaborative learning techniques
Incorporate reflection and metacognition
Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset
List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students
entering college this fall.
When the Class of 2017 arrives on campus this fall, these digital natives will
already be well-connected to each other.They are more likely to have borrowed
money for college than their Boomer parents were, and while their parents
foresee four years of school, the students are pretty sure it will be longer than
that. Members of this year’s first year class, most of them born in 1995, will
search for the academic majors reported to lead to good-paying jobs, and most
of them will take a few courses taught at a distant university by a professor they
will never meet. The use of smart phones in class may indicate they are reading
the assignment they should have read last night, or they may be recording every
minute of their college experience…or they may be texting the person next to
There is no agreement on the exact dates of the generation with some
sources starting it at the mid or late 1990s or from the mid to the present
iGeneration, GenTech,GenWii, Net Gen, Digital Natives, Gen Next, Post
Gen;TwoKays or 2K's (born after 2000), the ConflictGeneration (the
generation that grew up during the time of the IraqWar andWar in
Afghanistan), Generation i (or iGeners and iGens), @generation, the Swipe
Generation, the Tweennials, and Screeners.
"Plurals" reflects that they are the most diverse of any generation in the
U.S.; Magid estimates that 55% are Caucasian, 24% are Hispanic, 14%
are African-American, 4% are Asian, and 4% are mixed race or other.
Be Prepared For…
possible involvement of parents
expect them to pay their dues
throw a wet blanket on their enthusiasm
learn from them