PD Recap: Bridging the Generational Divide in the Classroom

In our latest Tuesdays for Teachers webinar, we shared tips for helping students of all ages in GED classes.

During “Bridging the Generational Divide in the GED Classroom” our professional development team presented strategies to boost instruction for students from different generations and diverse learning styles.

The webinar highlights techniques to maximize learning based on each student’s unique style:  

  • Learn the difference between pedagogy and andragogy.
  • Explore how your students’ classroom experiences stack up in the learning pyramid.
  • Help each student discover his or her learning style, how they absorb knowledge best and their unique approaches to problem-solving.
  • Customize your instruction so that visual learners, kinesthetic learners and auditory learners can get the most out of each lesson 

The webinar also dives into differences and synergies among generations of adult learners: 

  • The “Greatest Generation,” also known as the “GI Generation,” was marked by World War I and the Roaring Twenties.
  • “Traditionalists,” also known as the “Silent Generation,” lived through the Great Depression and World War II. 
  • “Baby Boomers” or “Boomers” saw the first landing on the moon and went through the Civil Rights movement.
  • “Generation X,” often dubbed “Baby Busters” saw the Berlin Wall come down and the Challenger explosion. 
  • “Generation Y,” more commonly referred to as “Millennials,” went through the onset of the social media revolution and grim events such as 9/11 and a series of school shootings.
  • “Generation Z,” or “iGen” grew up with technology and are sensitive to the effects of global conflict, including terrorism weighing on home territory. 

Another interesting point covered in the webinar is how people remember information, wherein the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve is explained. Did you know that the human brain remembers only 40% of knowledge acquired within just a few days of learning it? That’s why it’s so important to review information and practice skills in order to reinforce knowledge. 

Resources to increase classroom engagement, including slides and printable worksheets, are also available for download. Catch up on the webinar recording today.

1 Comment

  1. I enjoyed the webinar. It was timely. I have a class with ages ranging from 16 to 71. The 71 year old can relate to many of the stories in Science and Social Studies, ie medicines from plants and war facts.
    While the younger students are tuned into global warming and how trees absorb carbon dioxide but can’t really relate to war and loss. So everyone brings something to the table when we have these discussions about plants, climate change and wars.
    I also did the “What’s your learning style?’ Most of the younger students had more than one style, while the older students had mostly one. This was an eye opener. Anyway, again, this was a timely webinar.

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