By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE I love the millennial generation. Their enthusiasm for life energizes me. Unfortunately, what we typically hear about the millennial generation are horror stories about helicopter parents and students who ooze with entitlement issues. What we don’t often hear about this generation of learners are the very things I love most about them. I love their passion for our earth, their willingness to embrace diversity, their desire to connect, their desire for meaningful learning, and their love of technology. Yes, we can stomp our feet and demand that our students conform to our teaching style. We can complain that they are dependent on technology, that they resist a strict diet of lectures, and that they embrace instant gratification. In other words, we can resist what is. Or we can meet millennial students where they are, demonstrating that we are the transformational leaders our students need. Meeting students where they are includes becoming culturally current. Christy Price tells us that millennial students express frustration when professors don’t know how to use the technology in their classrooms. They perceive professors as “lacking connection to Millennial culture” when they use old shows that were relevant 15 years ago but are no longer “practical references that the average college student […]
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What People Are SayingDr. Kelly Beischel bridges learning with interesting, relateable experiences and fun activities. She reaches out to students to meet their learning styles and keeps her students engaged. Through my 4 years of nursing school no teacher has left a greater impression on me. I have no doubt that the lessons she has taught will stay with me throughout my career.- Mary Schuessler RN, BSNI feel incredibly lucky to have had you as a professor. I truly look to you as an inspiration and hope you know the incredible impact you have had on me.- Katherine Kelty RN, BSNWords cannot express how much I have learned from you…from how to manage a classroom, to preparing educational material, to how to communicate with young adults. You have inspired me to teach.- Anna Herbert, RN
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