The Millennial members are those children born between 1982 and 2002. They have either alreadyentered college or the workforce. This generation will take over the baby-boomer generation as they retire. They have been exposed to technology since birth so they are very versed in the technology. They are considered the safe generation. Hispanics/Latinos are the largest minority group instead of African Americans. This group also has the most educated mothers of any generation (Bart, M. (n.d.).
Known as Generation Y only because it comes after X. They are called the Peter Pan or Boomerang generation because most of them have been forced to return home due to the economic constraints this era has caused. They have been stereotyped as lazy, narcissistic and will jump from job to job (Bart, M. (n.d.).
Some differences between Generation X born between 1965 and 1976 and The Millennials born between 1977 and 2002 (Thielfoldt, 2004). Generation X feels like they don’t need anyone looking over their shoulder. They expect immediate and ongoing feedback and don’t mind giving it in return. The Millennials rather date and socialize. They work well in groups. No matter how smart they are they still need mentoring (Werth, E.P. & Werth, L. (2011).
A Generation is individuals of a particular group who share common experiences, values, communities and sense of identity, all of which are shaped by major or national and or world events or social trends. There are 4 generation categories (Roberts, D.H. (2012).
This generation represents 70 to 80 Million People (McGlynn, A (2005).
The Millennial generation and their expectations for success differ from the effort they put forth in the classroom. When they are not engaged enough their focus shifts so they prefer a variety of active learning methods to keep them going in the right direction. Because they can google everything they have no value for information. They will willingly comply with the rules of their teacher and their policies then basic authority. Millennial learner prefer to interact one on one with their instructor, they feel more laid back and relaxed and value the needs of their parents and having their parents show great interest in them. When their instructors express the same interest as their parents they are much more appreciative and are more willing to learn and pursue their goals (Roberts, D. H. (2012).
Integrating technology by use of games is a great tool. Its used not only for enjoyment but challenges and learning. The use of video games during the formative years have caused the Millennials to be developmentally different. Games may be more effective than traditional methods when teaching subjects such as Algebra. Cell phones can be used to download content and text messages can be used as an instructional aid. They have great potential for educational purposes (Jungingei, C. (2007).
94% of Millennial learners say they use the internet to research for school assignments and 78% of learners say they use internet to complete school work (McGlynn, A. (2005).
Some formal and informal learning tools for a Millennial learner would be mobile devices, cell phones and texting, social networks such as Facebook, blogging and twittering. Some informal learning could be done at home, museums, the library or a club. An informal setting can motivate and engage the learner better then if they were in a formal school setting. The informal settings will stress real life problems and solutions. Formal settings are more restricted for Millennial learner. The dropout rate is extremely high especially for men (knezek, G. 2011). Since activities can become boring and mundane over time they tend to participate in school less and less so they dropout (Jungingei, C. (2007).
The instructor can refocus their attention away from providing information and take it towards building an environment where students can learn effective skills needed to succeed. There is a digital divide between Millennial learners and the older generation. There must be a bridge between the two to have an effective learning environment for all (Werth, E.P. & Werth, L. (2011).
Active engagement promotes deeper levels of processing and learning. Active learning promotes long-term memory. Millennial learners must be aware of not only what they are thinking, but how they are thinking (McGlynn, A. (2005). Millennial G which is the google generation is assumed to be whole brain learners for those born after 1995 so the left brain teaching style will not be suitable for them (Knezek, G. 2011).
The internet provides the learner with the ability to instantly download music, talk to friends via instant messaging and research information much faster. Technology is an important part of their lives. Using technology helps define who they are. The millennial learner has more exposure than any other group. They have spent more time watching television, using the internet and other technology that makes them more needy and group up to fast (.
Rewrite the Rules
Irrelevance of Institutions
Make your class Multimedia
Be More relaxed
Make your teaching relevant
Explore new teaching methods
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