A new school year is budding: I teach in a multi-track year round school, and our students’ first day of school is tomorrow. We both have wonderful staff members returning and are welcoming a large number of new staff members to our building. The faculty kick-off last week was truly exciting.
We viewed some funny & informative clips from speakers on generations in the workplace like Jason Dorsey and Cam Marlston like this and this, as well as looked at other information. Teachers were asked to reflect and discuss which parts pertained to them and which did not. It all led to a really rich discussion of our staff, the strengths of each generation, and led to what it means in terms of technology and instruction.
We then shifted focus from who we are …to who we teach.
My principal had requested I prepare something for this part of our staff kick off. I started with showing a 52 second video from Amy Lynch on the Generation Z brain linked here. I highly recommend it.
Then, we watched the following video I’d created about the specific Generation Z students who are rising 6th graders. My goal was to provide some perspective on the students entering middle school for the upcoming 2013-14 school year.
Teachers, principals, and other interested stake holders should feel free to show to this video to their school staff, students’ parents, etc.
It can also be viewed here: http://youtu.be/WHRTPBhv_UA
Did you have any “a-ha” moments when viewing it? Is there another fact that should be included? Let me know in the comments!