With giving rise and popularity to the current “focus”

With the constant yet rapid revolution of time that unsurprisingly comes with human existence, more and more generations are born. As these newer generations emerge, contemporary knowledge and breakthroughs are also being introduced, giving rise and popularity to the current “focus” of the timeframe—the millennials. Although nowadays it also includes children born in the early 2000s, the term Millennials generally refers to the generation of people born between the early 1980s and 1990s, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This generation is also known as Generation Y, because it comes after Generation X or those who are born between the early 1960s and the 1980s.  Comprising a large population of students, millennials are found to be interesting respondents when it comes to evaluating teaching strategies. The millennial group is mostly composed of teenagers to young adults, and dubbed as the most studied generation especially in terms of their behavioral characteristics and preferences within their learning environment. Due to their distinct characteristics that are often considered as trends in the society, millennial learners help shape the general educational status globally just by merely responding to the curriculum and teaching aids that are introduced to them, which could strengthen camaraderie and amity within student-teacher relationships. So, what exactly are the characteristics of millennials within the corners of learning institutions? In their book “Millennials Rising: The Next Greatest Generation”, Howe and Strauss identified seven general characteristics of the Millennial student. First, millennials feel they are special. Students in this generation have been taught that we are “all winners” just for participating. Second, millennials are sheltered. As a result, this generation expects rules and regulations along with their enforcement. Thirdly, millennials are team oriented. They are less comfortable working independently. Independent work has a higher risk of personal failure and they are not as confident working alone. They opt to work cooperatively and participate within collaborative group settings.  Fourth, millennials are identified as self-assured and highly optimistic. They have big dreams and expectations with an undecided path on how to reach the level of success they are so confident they will attain. This confidence seems to stem from easy attainment of success in high school with very little effort. They are mobile nomads, connected by cell phones, wireless PDAs, and laptops. They have been technologically stimulated throughout their childhood and demand this connectivity until college. Fifth, millennials are pressured. By being pressured, millennials are a generation that yearns for feedback. They thrive on constant feedback and become paralyzed, often unable to move forward and accomplish bigger things. Sixth, millennials have a strong desire to achieve. This supports Howe and Strauss’s first characteristic; which is the feeling of being special. Throughout their childhood, Millennials have been told that they are supposed to achieve countless things. In fact, some believe that the Millennials are the next “greatest generation.” Lastly, millennials are conventional. They respect differences and are socially adaptive. This generation is comprised of peacekeepers, opposing past generations that were recognized as rebellious. However, having dissimilar characteristics, millennials learners often find conflicts as students within their classrooms. It is either influenced by their personal partialities or other factors as they interact with one another.  In an online seminar entitled “Five Strategies to Engage Today’s Students”, Christy Price, a psychology professor at Dalton State College in Georgia, United States shared the characteristics of Millennials’ ideal learning environments. Price outlined the instructional implications of her discoveries using the five R’s for engaging Millennial students. Price identified the first one as Research-based methods. Research proposes Millennials prefer various active learning methods. Their attention quickly shifts elsewhere when not interested. Many of the components of their ideal learning environment including less lecture, use of multimedia, and cooperating with peers are some of the same techniques research has shown to be effective. The next one is Relevance. Millennials have grown up to a “one-click-and-know-it-all” information era. As a result, the lecturer’s duty shifted from discussion to helping students in application. The third one is Rationale. Being raised in a non-authoritarian manner, millennials are more likely to comply with requirements when teachers provide them with a rationale, or basis for specific policies and assignments. The other R stands for Relaxed.