Joan Green, Lynda Palazzi, Mike D'Abramo
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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A great time to talk about Gen Ys and Gen Zs- a huge group from 11-30 now in our schools and workplaces. How powerful these groups are, with illustrative example. How to harness the skills and energy of these groups. Some challenges to face. Do we care enough? Who are "we"? The Barack Obama phenomenon as a prime example of caring. The Net Generation. New levels of intense curriculum. The need for different levels of teaching. Consequences of Canadians not having the skills that we need them to have. Attitude of employees . Fascinating issues in today's workplace and an explication of what they are. The need for a different kind of supervision. A description of Gen Y and Gen Zs, especially with regard to work. The need to forge a new "work ethic." Suggestions for skills we need to develop and role model in schools and the workplace. The challenge of welcoming and capitalizing upon the strengths of our young generations as critical to society's ability to grow and change.
A descriptive review of Gen Ys and Gen Zs and other labels, and thinking about what they need to know, do and value to learn for a lifetime, achieve their goals and contribute to a civil society. The purpose of public education then and now. What is expected of these generations. The importance and significance of life-long learning. The price of losing our students. New times demanding new ways of learning. Recent research. Generation Zs as knowledge-builders. Fostering meta-cognitive skills. Key factors necessary to create the conditions for successful schooling - four indicators. "Hard Fun." Expectations for Gen Zs. Using technology appropriately. A word about schools and their relationship to parents.
A similar thesis. The next generation of worker will have wholly different expectations when they join the work force. Personal and illustrative experiences of the speaker as a teacher. Leaving teaching and starting Youthography. What Youthography does. Some things to understand about young people. Where the expectations of youth come from. Why they have such high expectations from their work. Some illustrative anecdotes. Concluding positive remarks about the generation.