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A Teacher’s Quick Reference for Generational Learning Styles

September 7, 2012

Okay, I have to confess, I have a bit of a Pinterest addiction (as my husband says, I am a “virtual hoarder”) and I love experimenting with ways to use it as an educational resource — of course, I pay close attention to copyright licenses! Along the same lines as Pinterest in being a visualization software,  I have found a new love that feeds my visual, big picture based learning (and teaching) style, Thinglink!

Here is another interactive quick reference tool, made with Thinglink– designed for teachers, it includes the main characteristics of the Veteran/Silent, Babyboomer, Generation X, and Generation Y learners. Generational learning styles are an effective reference for ideas on introducing diversity in the classroom. However, teachers should avoid the trap of labeling and categorizing students in static cohorts. Because, though I am from Generation X, and I am a big picture visual learner, I posses many of the traits from other generations as well. In the end, we are all unique and learning styles are both fluid and reciprocal in nature. For more information, please review my earlier post on  digital natives versus digital immigrants. Enjoy!

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