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  • 1. Mooks, Midriffs, Boomers:oh my!
    Dr. Linda Lujan, South Mountain Community College
    Dr. Elisa Robyn, Regis University
  • 2. Mooks, Midriffs, Boomers:oh my!
    • Who are these people
    coming to teacher education?
    • How do we get more
    of them to come?
    • How do we keep them?
  • Generations
    1925-1945 (20 years) – The Silent Generation
    1946-1964 (17 years) – The Baby Boomers
    1955-1964 (9 years) – Generation Jones (subset of the Boomers)
    1965-1980 (15 years) – Generation X
    1981-2000 (19 years) – Generation Y or Millennials
    2001-present – Generation Z or Generation V for “virtual” (are very young but active consumers, and very connected, being born into a world of digital technology)
  • 3. In case you're worried about what's going to become of the younger generation, it's going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.
    (Roger Allen)
  • 4. POP QUIZ!
    Test your Millennial IQ
  • 5. Test Your Millennial IQ
    True/False: Millennial students born during the years 1981 and 2000 are called Generation Net, the Internet Generation, Echo Boomers, the Boomlet, Nexters, Generation Y, the Nintendo Generation, the Digital Generation, and in Canada, the Sunshine Generation
  • 6. Test Your Millennial IQ
    Which of these is not a trait of the Millennial student?
    Has short attention span
    Status conscious
    Voracious reader
    Values racial and ethnic diversity
  • 7. Test Your Millennial IQ
    True/False: There are 80 million Millennials in the U.S., compared to 76 million Boomers
  • 8. Test Your Millennial IQ
    Which one of these is not a compelling message of the Millennial Generation?
    Be smart-you are special
    Leave no one behind
    Connect 24/7
    Keep your nose to the grindstone
    Achieve now!
    It’s cool to be smart
    Serve your community
  • 9. Test Your Millennial IQ
    True/False: Their parents established FERPA and are now frustrated because they cannot gain access to their adult children's records!
  • 10. Test Your Millennial IQ
    Mooks and Midriffs are
    Composites created by Madison Avenue for purposes of developing marketing strategies
    Millennial gangs
    A type of clothing
    Males and females who have dropped out of school and are pursuing low-paying careers
  • 11. Test Your Millennial IQ
    True/False: Millennials spend their free time on-line. Forty-three percent spend more than 10 hours on-line a week with their favorite destinations being Google, Yahoo, and MySpace. Seventy-five percent spend less than two hours reading magazines and 67 percent spend less than two hours reading newspapers.
  • 12. Test Your Millennial IQ
    Which of these are not Millennial-speak?
    Flashy or Glitzy = Bling Bling
    Hot Rod = Ride or Hooptie
    Sneakers = Shox
    Hunk/Stud/Babe = Hottie
    Girlfriend/Boyfriend = Boo
    Cool/Awesome = Sweeeet!
    Thongs = Flip Flops
    All of the above are Millennial-speak
    None of the above are Millennial-speak
  • 13. Test Your Millennial IQ
    True/False: “Service Learning” and “Engaged Learning” have become buzz words in the Millennial vocabulary
  • 14. Test Your Millennial IQ
    True/False: The Internet is not an “extra” for most students but an essential component of every aspect of their lives and 81% of the students said that losing access to the Internet would impact their personal lives and their schoolwork
  • 15. Test Your Millennial IQ
    Millennials are predicted to change careers how many times?
  • 16. Test Your Millennial IQ
    True/False: Millennials are America’s most ethnically and racially diverse, as well as least Caucasian, generation.
  • 17. Test Your Millennial IQ
    What percentage grew up in poverty?
  • 18. Test Your Millennial IQ
    True/False: The recession will see more Millennials going to graduate school because there are no jobs.
  • 19. Test Your Millennial IQ
    Which one of the following characteristics is not true for Millennials oustide the USA?
    Use of technology
    Sense of entitlement
    Desire to serve community
    Need for social networks
  • 20. Your Score
    How’d you do?
    1- 5 right = LOL
    6- 10 right = IMHO not bad
    11 or more right = WTG
  • 21. Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it
    (George Orwell)
  • 22. Generalizing a Generation
    Individuals matter
    Research focuses on the mean, median, and modal dimensions of a generation
    Some findings are unique to the United States; others are global
    Nobody likes to be pigeon-holed
    There’s always an exception
  • 23. World View
    Brand loyalty affects X and Boomers
    Self organize online, conventions, meet-ups
    ¼ life crisis because of too many options and too many expectations
    Praise is expected
  • 24. New Market
    Experience is currency
    Exploring edges
    Actively participating and testing abilities
    Want transparency, moved from push to pull
    Reinvention, new possibilities, on demand free source
    Connection, who we are and what we know
    Expression is cool
  • 25. Why?
    Why Personalize?
    Hardwired to want attention, entitlement, self promotion
    Student blogs, T-shirts, games, mythic themes
    Why Adventure?
    Do-overs, life experience, bore easily
    Adventure learning, coaches, jobs for a day
  • 26. Why?
    Why Virtual?
    Free source, face book, flexibility
    Why Design?
    My way everywhere
    Design matters in spaces, places
    Compare the size of their computers to their textbooks
  • 27. What They Want
    Life/work balance
    Tip: Decide how this should influence pedagogy and curriculum. Decide how this should influence workplace.
  • 28. If you want Gen Y, then Chase Cool
    Gap year or stopping out
    Credit for life experience (shorter path to goal)
    Fast track
    High maintenance….want it now
    Small Group Activity
  • 29. Parents
    Involved at every level with kids
    Want to be part of everything
    Showing up in the workplace
    Tip: Decide in advance how you’re going to deal with parents (distract, divert, and reassure).
  • 30. High pressure
    Media pressure
    High stakes sport
    Trophy for their parents
    Tip: Decide in advance how you can challenge and reward them? Help them identify what you expect and why?
  • 31. Entrepreneurs
    Finding business opportunities
    Embracing design
    Adapting to life
    Tip: Decide in advance how to design the right structure and format and how you’re going to turn them loose within that structure. They want “elegant” design.
  • 32. Communication Skills
    Used to electronic communication
    Miss subtle physical cues
    Used to being able to “block” someone they do not want to deal with
    Virtual networking vs. face-to-face
    Tip: Decide in advance how you’re going to mentor them to communicate across generations in the classroom and workplace. (And what to wear.)
  • 33. Millennial Learning Preferences
    Entertainment & excitement
    Experiential activities
    Tip: Decide in advance how you’re going to change pedagogy and materials. (We teach to our own learning style… we need to adapt; they need to adapt once they’re in front of the classroom).
  • 34. Managing Millennials
    You be the leader
    Challenge me
    Let me work with friends
    Let’s have fun
    Respect me
    Be flexible
    Tip: Don’t expect to manage them the way you like to be managed.
  • 35. What about the Recession?
  • 36. Recession Realities for Millennials
    $20,000 – average debt for college graduates
    $2,500 – average credit card debt (2008 )
    57% pay minimum on their credit cards
    77% moving in with mom and dad
  • 37. Recession Pain Points for Millennials
    student loans
    credit card debt (average salary for young grads is less than a generation ago, but prices are higher)
    Jobs disappearing (more laid-off professionals are willing to take jobs that used to be entry-level)
  • 38. Recession Spirit for Millennials
    81% are optimistic
    Most are adapting
    “Thrifty is good”
    Flash mobbing
    New interest in “practical” careers
    Re-examining priorities (but not giving up social responsibility)
    Feeling resilient (even when experts claim this is not a resilient generation)
  • 39. Demographics – don’t forget
    Nearly 35% of Millennials are nonwhite or Latino.
    Twenty percent of this generation has at least one parent who is an immigrant.
    Millennials have become the most racially and ethnically diverse generation in US History.
    SES is the great divide
    Recession may act as an equalizer
    All this makes them great candidates for a teaching career