This is a tough one, but I’m sure we’ll get some good advice. -bfh
My name is Roger. Many of you have seen my posts as RogerF.
I’ve been in the computer industry for more than 30 years and have come to the realization that nothing I’ve done in that industry will make any difference in a few years.
I know what companies and people in the IT industry expect; I have been near the top of the food chain, met with, and advised, executives of Forbes 100 companies, and haven’t been intimidated with them.
But now I’m educating younger people, and I need some help.
I’m on the faculty for a local community college. I also teach some classes at a local high school. I do not have children, and, obviously, grand children, and I’m 3 times these student’s age. How do I convince them that I know what I am talking about? How do I get them to open up to me? How do I get them to even listen to me?
I’m learning the teaching patterns and philosophies, so I do not need help with that. I would like those of you who deal with younger generations to give me some ideas of how to reach them. All of the books and classes lack what I am looking for.
I do appreciate those who tell me I am doing the “right” thing, but I want concrete and specific ideas on how I can improve.
Thank you all for you support, but even though this seems self-centered, I really am looking to improve so my students get a better experience and, hopefully, actually learn.
What can I do to improve? How do I connect with the younger generation?