New Mindset List; new mindset
August 25, 2013
The new Beloit Mindset List came out this past week. Some of the observations that stuck out for me were: they have only known 2 Presidents; never had chicken pox (a rite of passage when I was a kid); Java has never been just a cup of coffee; they have never attended a concert in a smoke-filled arena; and most films have been computer generated in some way.
This is very different from when I was their age (computers were just becoming “personal” and card catalogs and Reader’s Guide abounded for research.) I am striving to be mindful of the generational differences so I can help both the young and the older students alike with understanding, compassion, enthusiasm, and grace.
Last year, I posted this about the new school year. I still find the first days of school exciting; excitement (also maybe panic?) is palpable in the air. Especially for the brand-new students (of any age): they need to learn the computer system, where the classes are, and how to use our online class management system, all while actually getting the particulars of their classes and responsibilities for that class. So as cool and knowledgeable as they think they are, the students still need us and a personal touch to assist them to get off on the right foot with their education.
Let the Mindset List and your own observations give you a sense of where these young students are coming from. Work with them to some extent on THEIR terms, educating them about the best way to do things while acknowledging that many of them are digital natives and need things explained in a way that makes sense to them.
Best of luck with the new school year!