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K-State Today

December 11, 2015



Annual mid-year teaching workshop Feb. 5 to discuss 'Generation Me'

By Jana Fallin

"Generation Me" is the theme of the annual mid-year Faculty Exchange for Teaching Excellence, or FETE, workshop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in the Alumni Center Ballroom.

Jean Twenge, author of the best-selling book "Generation Me" and professor at San Diego State University, will be the keynote speaker. Twenge explores why the young people she calls "Generation Me" are tolerant, confident, open-minded and ambitious but also disengaged, narcissistic, distrustful and anxious.

I know many of you have interesting "Generation Me" anecdotes. If you feel comfortable sharing some of your stories, please forward them to Jana Fallin at jfallin@k-state.edu.

As part of the program, Twenge will respond to some of these situations, sharing her expertise on teaching millennials. In addition, a panel of K-State "Generation Me" students will reflect on their reading of Twenge's book.

Twenge uses data from 11 million respondents for her research on this book including "dramatic differences in sexual behavior and religious practice and controversial predictions about what the future holds for them and society as a whole."

This is going to be a revealing and informative day, and you don’t want to miss it!

The annual Faculty Exchange for Teaching Excellence workshop is always educational, interesting and entertaining. Café Learn is sponsoring the breakfast and the luncheon will be catered by Wahoo Fire and Ice Grill.

Taking this day to learn more about successfully teaching our millennials and networking with your K-State colleagues will be time well-spent. This is a one-day event this year, different from last year's two-day format. Be sure to schedule your Friday, Feb. 5, classes to be working on group projects, engaged in a library assignment or watching an online lecture because our hope is that many of you will be able to stay all day. However, you can plan to attend the morning or afternoon sessions only.

Read more information at the Teaching and Learning Center website and register today. We also will have a book-signing reception with cash bar starting at 4:30 p.m. the day of the event.