Get your Classroom Going – The Generation Y Way

Get your classroom going – the Generation Y way

Jika Communication and Training welcomes you to this course, Get your classroom going – the Generation Y way

This course is broken up as follows:

Participants will attend 2 contact sessions (Session 1 will be 1 day and Session 2 will be 1 day, with a minimum of 3 weeks of  experiential on-site learning and application of what was presented in the first contact session.)

Session 1 (1 day)

Ice breaker activity and a focus on theory which will be presented in experiential mode: in other words, participants will first engage in an activity, reflect on it and then discover the essence of the activity on their own, in pairs or in groups.  Self-discovery is key to this course which not only guides learners through the content in activity-based methodologies, but also allows room for individual reflection which we feel is an invaluable dimension of embedded learning.

During day one, participants will after certain sections, complete activities in a separate workbook, their PDP. The PDP will also include activities that have been planned for on-site (at school) application and reflection.  These tasks performed while the participant is at work, will inform the next training session.  The workbook will provide the evidence for the SACE PDP file.


Session 2 (1 day)

The “homework tasks” and the results of the trial-and-error activities at school are discussed after which the next part of the course is completed, with participants completing their continuous assessment and reflection activities in their PDP.

Table of Contents

Rationale: Similar differences

Unit 1: Meet and greet Generation Y

  • Outcomes
  • Introduction
  • Reflection 1
  • A morning in the life of Genni-Y
  • Reflection 2
  • A crash course in understanding Generation Y
  • Reflection 3
  • Reflection 4
  • Summary of Unit 1

Unit 2: Teach Generation Y

  • Outcomes
  • Introduction
  • Activity 1
  • What does Gen-Y expect from a classroom experience?
  • Activity 3
  • Get the information to stick
  • Activity 4
  • From passive to active learning
  • Activity 5
  • What Gen-Y needs from you
  • Activity 6
  • Activity 7
  • Summary of Unit 2


Background to the Course:

Your perception of absolutely everything, is only yours. Did you know that? It is almost impossible to explain your exact thoughts and feelings in order for someone else to understand it the same way you do. If you and I think of the colour blue – will it be the same? Even if we look at the exact same blue colour swab – do we see it the same? Who knows?

Do you remember the big dress debate? Is it black and blue, or white and gold?

Luckily, someone by the name of Clair Hummel solved that problem with this image:

… or did she?

That point made, let’s work from there. Because fortunately, humans are relational beings. We want to belong. With someone, in a group, in a society. Therefore, we share similar traits with the cohort that we associate with.

You may feel that “labelling” others is just wrong. Women are… Men are… South Africans are… Of course, those type of generalisations rub many people up the wrong way. But like many things, you can view it as an obstacle, or an advantage. Let’s focus on the advantage side.

If you meet someone for the first time, you draw on knowledge and past experience (if you do not want to call it generalisations) to form a perception of that person. A type of platform from which you can execute your interaction with them. You will communicate differently with a 5 year old than with a 30-something colleague, correct? How would you know that? Because, generally, 5 year olds have a different vocabulary than adults. Therefore, the generally accepted characteristics of cultures and sub-cultures provide some type of certainty in an otherwise unfamiliar situation. It creates a sense of predictability and safety. Of course, you may be pleasantly (or unpleasantly) surprised – but that is not something you can determine straight away. The general rule of thumb is start with what you know, and move to what is to be discovered.

Not only is there an age difference between you, the teacher, and the learners in your classroom – there is, more than likely, a generation difference. Show them a picture of a payphone if you want to make sure… You may choose to hunt for a real one in your neighbourhood, but chances are that you’ll only end up traumatised because of a fond childhood memory is no longer there.

The long and the short of it, there is a lot about the learners in your class that you don’t know. Sure, there is a lot about you that they don’t know either. They should learn something about that in history, but the environment you grew up in – is gone. It is easier for you to understand them, because their world is now. Real time. Current. You can see it, you can experience, and you can adapt to it. The “good old days” are not coming back. Instead of trying to force today into yesterday’s mould, rather cherish your memories and embrace everything new the world has to offer.

If you want to improve your teaching experience, and the children’s learning experience, you need to understand how they relate to the world. Dear teacher – meet Generation Y.