A Guide: Teaching Generation Z in the Classroom

Nov 7, 2019 by

Slowly but surely, the Millennial generation are being phased out of the classroom and replaced by the new kids on the block, Generation Z. This new wave of students, otherwise known as the iGen, have grown up with instant access to the media, meaning they very much know their values and have their own views on the world — this means that you’ve got a tough task on your hands when it comes to teaching and instilling your educational views on them!

To ensure that you are captivating and engaging your Gen Z students, it’s essential that you put the following advice into practice.

Understand how they differ to their predecessor

‘Generational Differences’ have always existed, but they appear to be more prevalent now than ever before. The differences between the Millennials and Gen Z are vast, so you’ve got to understand them if you’re to cater your teaching style to your new audience.

Some of the biggest differences you should be aware of in this instance include:

  • Generation Z are less idealistic and more pragmatic than Millennials
  • Generation Z find it harder to trust politicians and certain companies
  • Generation Z can multi-task like no other generation before them
  • Generation Z are more entrepreneurial and don’t want to waste time when it comes to starting up
  • Generation Z expect everything on demand and won’t be prepared to wait around

Go digital

Having grown up blissfully unaware that there was once a world in which the Internet didn’t exist, one thing’s for sure: Gen Z know their way around the web. Having been steeped in technology since their formative years, they react best to digitalised learning. Throw out that old chalkboard, then, and embrace technology before your newest wave of students deem you to be behind the times!

Fortunately, thanks to the way in which technology has developed in recent times, it is possible to go digital in all of your lessons — it is even possible for you to digitalize your concept mapping. As detailed at Evidence-Based Teaching, there are a host of different apps and pieces of software out there on which you will be able to create visual stimuli that will be sure to keep your Gen Z students happy and engaged.

Personalize their learning

As stated, Generation Z have grown up with instant access to everything they could possibly want and need. Unfortunately, for the most part, this has led to Gen Zers assuming that everything is tailored to them.

Tailoring your teaching around each student’s needs is never going to be possible, especially when you’re teaching 20 to 30 students at a time. It is, however, possible to personalize the lessons that you teach to your Generation Z students by instructing them to form smaller study groups.

If you want to keep your next batch of students engaged for the next 10 to 15 years, you have to get to grips with the demands of Generation Z. Heed all of the information and advice listed above, and you’ll be sure to do just that.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.