I often believe that millennials are operating in an entertainment mode whenever they hold a digital device. I content that they have spend so much time trying to beat electronic games, that their MO online has fostered this fast-paced transient operation online. Therefore, we educators have a big issue to deal with as students lack:
- Persistence, and
We are busy building a lexicon of the discipline and doing action research to determine whether students succeed more when they are specifically instructed to:
- Stop--Time - Out
- Slow down
- Put on your magnifying glass and act like a lawyer.
We joke locally about the habits of the online Millennials. They usually fit into one of these categories:
- retreivers -- (hide 'n seek)
- spiders (crawling all around)
- Ants (piling it all up)
- Super-Squirrels, or
- Bee's - flying all over.
My late grandmother used to say, "Everyone's business is nobody's business." Let's all work together to remedy this ailment...one class at a time. For additional ideas on reaching transliterate students, see my article in this month's Library Media Connection (LMC) issue.