Multi-Generations in the Classroom


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The actual title of this presentation is, "I See Your Lips Moving, But I Don’t Understand You – The Multi-Generational Classroom" and it is on Multi-Generations, specifically in the classroom.

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Multi-Generations in the Classroom

  1. 1. I See Your Lips Moving, But I Don’t Understand You – The Multi-Generational Classroom Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  2. 2. Did You Know? Video Link: Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  3. 3. 3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  4. 4. Lessons to be Learned• What Education is . . . • Strategies for Motivating• About the Generations • Learners Succeed When• Does this conversation Instructors . . . sound familiar? • Treat Learners Like Adults• The Generations • A New Learning Theory• Generations in the Emerges Workplace • Today’s Classroom is a Blank• History of the Generations Canvas• We Are Value Created • Believe, Become, & Belong• Generational Stereo Types • Resources• The Differences • References• What is the solution? • Who is Dr. Michelle Post3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  5. 5. What Higher Education is . . . Education is a . . .3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  6. 6. About Generations“Each generation Greatest Silent Generation has distinct Generation attitudes, behaviors, ME Generation expectations, Lost Generation habits and motivational Connected Generation buttons.” Community~ Greg Hammill Generation3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  7. 7. Does this Conversation Sound Familiar? Link Baby Boomer vs. Gen-Y: Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  8. 8. The Generations (GVB) •1901-1921 •1922-1945 Vets Baby BoomersGI •1946-1964 •Age: 92+ •Age: 68-91 •Age: 49-67 •GI •Vets •Baby Boomers •Foundation •Matures •Boomers •The Greatest •Traditionalist •THE Generation Generation •Silent •Generation Jones •The Establishment •Loyalists •The Beat •Seniors Generation •Depression Babies •Yippies •Hippies3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  9. 9. The Generations (XYZ) • 1965-1980 • 1981-2000 •2001-Present Gen-ZGen-X Gen-Y • Age: 13-32 •Age: 1-12 • Age: 33-48 • Generation-Y •Generation-Z • Generation-X • Gen-Y •Homelanders • Gen-X • Yers •Generation-C • Xers • Millennials (Connect) • 13th Generation • Nexsters •Generation-V • Baby Busters • Echo Boomers (Virtual) • Latchkey Children • First Digital •Internet Generation • Net Generation •The New Silent • Lost Generation • Trophy Generation Generation • Invisible • Entitled Generation Generation •Gen @ • Slackers •NeoMillennials 3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  10. 10. Generation Workplace Totals Four Generation Workplace Totals 15% Vets 32% Baby Boomers 30% Gen-X 23% Gen-Y3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  11. 11. History of the Generations3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  12. 12. We are Value Created Value System Impactors Affecting Values 1. Family • Culture 2. Friends • Age 3. Religion S.E.E. • Gender Roles 4. Technology 5. School • Ethnicity 6. Media-Advertising 7. Music 90% 8. Income 100% 9. Geography3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  13. 13. We Are Value Created Explained• Dr. Morris Massey defined the generations as, “What you are is where you were when”• We are defined by our values, and a values is based on Culture, Age, Gender Roles, and Ethnicity.• From the age of 1 – 6 our values are being imprinting on us• From the age of 7 – 12 we select are values from modeling. – At the age of 10, 90% of our value system is set• From age of 13 – 20+ we select are values from socialization. – At age 20 are 100% values are locked in for life• The only thing that can alter our values is a S.E.E. or a Significant Emotional Event, whether it be personal or global• There are 9 major impactors that affect our value system: 1) family, 2) friends, 3) religion, 4) technology, 5) school, 6) media-advertising, 7) music, 8) income, & 9) geography3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  14. 14. Generational Stereo Types Vets Boomers Gen-X Gen-Y • Old- • Self- • Slackers • Short Fashioned centered attention • Selfish span • Rigid • Unrealistic • Autocratic • Political • Impatient • Spoiled • Cynical • Disrespectful • Change • Power- Averse driven • Technology dependent • Workaholic3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  15. 15. The Differences: Social3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  16. 16. The Differences: Work3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  17. 17. The Differences: Work, Cntd.3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  18. 18. The Differences: Political/Social/Technology Generation Political Social TechnologyVets Patriotism Dad’s away Television U.S. Depression Mom’s at the factory Jet airplanes Pearl Harbor-WW II The American Dream Victory in Europe & JapanBaby Boomers Cold-War Dad as breadwinner Man on the Moon Kennedy assassinated Mom as homemaker Transistor Vietnam Woodstock Microwave Oven Civil Rights Women’s movementGeneration X Collapse of Berlin Wall Parents at work Personal computers Iran-Contra Parents laid-off Compact Disks Reaganomics Latchkey kids Walk Man Grunge Cordless PhonesGeneration Y 9/11 - Terrorism Parents at work The Web Iraqi Conflict Kids at daycare Text Messaging Enron/WorldCom X-Games MP3’s School shootings Think Green Cellular Phones3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  19. 19. The Differences: Learning3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  20. 20. The Differences: Likes and Dislikes Generation Likes DislikesVets Respect for authority Waste Family Technology Community involvementBaby Boomers Responsibility Laziness Work ethic Turning 50 Can-do attitudeGeneration-X Freedom Red tape Multitasking Hype Work-life balanceMillennials Public activism Anything slow Latest technology Negativity Parents3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  21. 21. The Differences: Motivators Vets Boomers Money, title, Satisfaction recognition, of a job well the corner done office Gen-X Gen-Y Freedom, self- Work that manage, time has to prioritize meaning, own projects flexibility3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  22. 22. The Differences: View of the World3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  23. 23. What is the solution?3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  24. 24. Strategies for Motivating• “Chunk” the data • Create a climate of• Whole-part-whole concept “exploration”• Make the material relevant • Make sure leaner is• Explain the reason for equipped with right specific assignments & align knowledge & tools to to learning complete assignments• Let the students work in • DO NOT Assume learners groups are technically proficient• Give some degree of • Show, Do, Show Again options & flexibility in • Bend the rules some assignments • Set “intentions” not expectations3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  25. 25. Learners Succeed When Instructors . . .• Create a relaxed and safe • Match teaching method to atmosphere. content.• Accommodate different • Build on students experience. learning styles. • Encourage self-motivated• Present information using learning. both visual and auditory • Include team learning projects. methods. • Avoid setting up competition.• Talk with students, not at • Support theory with real-life them. examples.• Recognize student uniqueness. • Make class sessions• Validate cultural differences. interactive.• Let students influence course • Provide frequent positive coverage feedbackBlog: Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  26. 26. Treat Learners Like AdultsAdults are people . . . • Relate new knowledge• With years of experience against personal experiences• A wealth of information • Need breaks• Established values, beliefs & opinions • Deep need to be self- directing• Personal style has changed • Whose individual differences among people• Learning style has increase with age changed • Have a problem-centered• Have pride orientation to learning3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  27. 27. A New Learning Theory EmergesLink: Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  28. 28. Today’s Classroom is a Blank Canvas• “Today’s classroom is literally a blank canvas of unlimited possibilities, it just takes creativity and imagination to make learning fun & relevant.” Dr. Michelle PostJust a Few Inspirational Presentations on the Possibilities . . .• Using E-Learning - facilitate-21st-century-learning-1847954• Social Media for Research - for-research-17192868• Embracing OER & MOOCs to Transform Education - education• 16 Learning Trends We Simply Can’t Ignore -• DNA of a 21st Century Educator - 21st-century-educator-v33/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  29. 29. Believe, Become, & Belong •We want to BELIEVE in someone or something Believe •We want to BECOME or grow with a group •We want to BELONG to a group with others Become Belong A Multi-Generational Classroom or workplace can be one of similarities filled with experiences, strengths, and energy. It does not have to be one of differences and conflict.3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  30. 30. RESOURCES, RESOURCES, & MORE RESOURCES3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  31. 31. Suggested Reading• Amazon’s Top 38 Books on Generations:• Howe, N., & Strauss, W. (1992). Generations: The History of Americas Future, 1584 to 2069• Zemke, R., Raines, C., & Filipczak, B. (1999). Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in Your Workplace• Lancaster, L. C., & Stillman, D. (2003). When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work• Lipkin, N., & Perrymore, A. J. (2009). Y in the Workplace: Managing the "Me First" Generation• Meister, J. C., & Willyerd, K. (2010). The 20/20 Workplace3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  32. 32. Suggested Videos for Additional Learning Together• What you are is where you were when, again! By Morris Massey. [See if your library carries it] – What you are is where you were when [Shorter Older Version] - – Just Get It -• Did You Know, Shift Happens, V6 -• Brain Rules, by John Medina -• Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink -• Top 10 Issues in Business Today, by Connie Podesta -• Tale of Two Brains: How Men & Women Think Differently, by Mark Gungor -• Quick view of the top three generations - Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  33. 33. Suggested Generational Videos• To the Greatest Generation: re=related• Hilarious Baby Boomer Video: ure=related• Generation X - LA9JPIsLo• Managing Millennials:• Gen Y vs Boomer: Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  34. 34. Suggested Web Resources Generational FAQs - American Generations: Generations: Harnessing the potential of the multigenerational workforce. Retrieved from Baby Boomers: Center for Generational Studies: Generations: Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  35. 35. Suggested Web Resources, Cntd. Generations in the Classroom: Reaching and Teaching Non-Traditional Students: Generations at Work: htm The Center for Generational Kinetics - Instructing Multi-generational Students - How to Train Multi-Generational Classes Online: multi-generational-classes-online23/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  36. 36. REFERENCES3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  37. 37. References Auburn Mountain. (n.d.). Generations. Retrieved from their-distinct-characteristics.aspx [Slide 8 & 9] Borden, J. (2012, August). Always learning [Lecture]. [Slide 19] Catalyst. (2012, May). Generations in the workplace in the United States and Canada. Retrieved from workplace-in-the-united-states-canada [Slide 10] Hammill, G. (2005). Mixing and manage four generations of employees. Retrieved from [Slide 6, 15 & 16]3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  38. 38. References, Cntd.Lepi, K. (2012, December 24). A simple guide to 4 complex learning theories. Retrieved from simple-guide-to-4-complex-learning-theories/ [Slide 27]Massey, M. (2005). What you are is where you were when, again! Enterprise Media. [Slide 12 & 13]Maxwell, J. C. (2007). The Maxwell Leadership Bible (2nd ed.). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. [Slide 29]McMahon, T., & Jewett, G. (2012, February 2). Generations in the Classroom: Reaching and Teaching Non-Traditional Students. Retrieved from [Slide 25 & 26] (n.d.). Generations at a glance. Retrieved from [Slide 18]3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  39. 39. References, Cntd.Oblinger, D., & Oblinger, J. (2012). Is it age or IT: First steps toward understanding the net generation. Retrieved from [Slide 20]Rose, D. S. (2012, May 8). Did You Know?/Shift Happens (Version 6, 2012) [Video clip]. Retrieved from [Slide 2]Siebert, A., Ph.D. (n.d.). Teaching adult students the way they learn. Retrieved from [Slide 24]Sollah Interactive. (n.d.). Generations: Harnessing the potential of the multigenerational workforce. Retrieved from [Slide 14]3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  40. 40. References, Cntd. Span, S. H. (2012, August 17). Four generations in the workplace: Bridging the generation gap. What are they thinking? Retrieved from [Slide 17, 21, & 22] The Generations of American History. (n.d.). Retrieved from [Slide 11] The O’Shea Report. (2011, February 9). The OShea Report: Generations at Work- The difference between Baby Boomers [Video clip]. Retrieved from 7369BDDDC&index=4 [Slide 7] Zemke, R., Raines, C., & Filipczak, B. (2000). Generations at work: Managing the clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, Nexters in your workplace. AMACOM. [Slide 8 & 9]3/22/2013 Michelle Post, Ph.D.
  41. 41. Who is Dr. Michelle Post?Author: Building Your Adjunct Platform, Heaven Has Tea Parties, & Reflections of Weekly WordsFacebook: Michelle Post, Ph.D.