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Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
Freshman Learning Community Challenge
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Freshman Learning Community Challenge

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Keynote speech at the year end Freshmen Learning Community Celebration

Keynote speech at the year end Freshmen Learning Community Celebration

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  • 1. Dear Gen Y: We offeryou a Millennial Challenge Brought to you fondly by The Baby Boomers and Gen X
  • 2. What we know about us….• Long gone are the days of Boomer kids being shooed outside to invent their own games – or of GenXer Kids being left ―home alone‖ with a ―self- care‖ guide." 2
  • 3. Boomers (1946-1964)• Work Centered – Not afraid to go toe to toe with a 60 hour work week.• Goal/Career Oriented – First generation to really go to college• Seek positions of power – (hence, the dreaded C-) 3
  • 4. If we give you too much grief…remind us thatwe were the ―hippies‖ who went to Woodstock in 1969 4
  • 5. Gen X (1964-1981)• Technologically adept – Not addicted like Gen Y• Known as latchkey kids• Cling to music from ―the good old days‖ – Super Bowl = ―The Who‖ 5
  • 6. ―The Who‖ who?Their music? Think CSI theme song……. 6
  • 7. What we know about you..• Born between 1981—2000. You are the first generation to ―come of age‖ in the New Millennial.• Children of late Boomers and early GenXers• ―Baby On Board‖ signs…..you were the ―baby‖• ―Have You Hugged Your Child Today?‖ You were the ―child‖ in question 7
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  • 9. We navigated our way through….. 9
  • 10. You are navigating your way through….. 10
  • 11. MILLENIALS ARE SPECIAL• Generation of ―wanted‖ children – We even went so far as to pick your gender, hair and eye color • Central to your parents’ sense of purpose• Many Boomer—GenXer parents delayed having children until financially secure – If in doubt….compare the vehicles in the student parking lot with the faculty/staff parking lot. 11
  • 12. MILLENIALS ARE SHELTERED• Your ―Boomer—Gen Xer‖ parents tend to be over-protective – LOL. We call them: Helicopter Parents • Your well being has dominated legislation (child restraints, baby monitors, movie/video ratings, campus security) 12
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  • 14. MILLENIALS ARE CONFIDENT• Raised by parents who believed in the importance of self-esteem• Hopeful about the future• You enjoy strong connections with your parents – Us, not so much…..FERPA says no  14
  • 15. MILLENIALS ARE TEAM-ORIENTED• You are used to being organized in teams and following rules – A little tip…..your class is a team, and the syllabus IS a list of rules!!• You have established tight peer bonds• You chose to be part of a Learning Community because of these tendencies  15
  • 16. MILLENIALS ARE ACHIEVING• You are very much into setting and meeting goals – (except for 8 AM classes)• You have the benefit/detriment of well-educated parents – They expected much of themselves, and now of you! 16
  • 17. OTHER CHARACTERISTICS• Technology and Multitasking are a way of life – just not in MY classroom please• You are the generation of: ―Whatever‖ – passive approach to disagreements• Trial and error is a key learning strategy (Nintendo logic) – This may seem harsh but this is why we will let you fail when you fail 17
  • 18. • Based on all of the great attributes we know about you….• The following are challenges we pose to you….during the next 3 years of college and over the next 60 years of your life. 18
  • 19. • We challenge you to change your ―whatever‖ attitude to a ―whenever‖ attitude. – ―whatever‖ closes doors – ―whenever‖ is the beginning of a dialog, and dialogs lead to solutions. 19
  • 20. Hands-On-Athens 20
  • 21. • We challenge you to not only hug your own children but to hug the world’s children. – April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month…last year 3.5 million child abuse cases were reported (only 1 out of 2) – 5.4 million children die from hunger each year 21
  • 22. • We challenge you to not only follow the rules, but to rewrite them when necessary. – ……some bad rules are made to be broken! – Civil Rights, Equal Rights and Human Rights 22
  • 23. • We challenge you to learn not only from your own ―Nintendo‖ mistakes, but from our mistakes. – We’ve had recessions, depressions and collapses galore…..bad things can happen when no one is ―minding the store‖ 23
  • 24. And finally…..All you need to know you already learned in kindergarten:Share and Play fair;Put things back where you found them and clean up your ownmess;Dont take things that are not yours;Say youre sorry when you hurt somebody;Warm cookies and cold milk are always good for you. Robert Fulghum 24
  • 25. Thank You• Have a wonderful year……from your Learning Community Family! 25

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