Are Millenials really different than Gen X or Baby Boomers?
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on December 11, 2017 - 9:30pm
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I want to draw your attention to this NPR article about Millenials. Do Millenials, Gen Xers, or Baby Boomers really need different instructional methods? While millenials may use technology differently then a Baby Boomer, do they really learn differently? Some individuals suggest that Millenials need the 5 Rs. These are research-based methods, relevance, rationale, relaxed, and rapport.
But let's think about learning theory. Students need a say in the content they are learning and the process of their learning. They need relevance in their classroom experiences, and learning through problem solving rather than memorizing content.
When you have a classroom with a range of academic ability and ages, how do you address the instruction? Do you think that millenials need to be taught differently than baby boomers, or gen x?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.