3 Ways to Get Millennials to Teach
What millennials want in a workplace has already become the stuff of clichés. Beanbag chairs, beer on tap and a smorgasbord of free lunch options.
However, many of their requests don't seem all that shallow or unreasonable. They crave flexible hours, and plenty of feedback from their bosses. In fact, they want it all, and they want to feel creatively stimulated while they do it. It's a brave new world for today's 20-something workers.
Unfortunately, my industry – education – is falling far short of the ideal millennial workplace. I'd argue that today's schoolroom environment is the antithesis of the new, modern, flexible workplace environment that millennials want. And it's hurting us.
The stats are grim. Teacher prep programs have seen a huge drop in enrollment: over 35 percent in the past five years. At 8 percent, the attrition rate of teachers in the U.S. is far higher than in countries like Singapore or Finland, and the province of Ontario, where teachers are paid very well. Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the Learning Policy Institute, says that slashing that attrition rate in half would solve our country's teacher shortage problem...
About Anthony Kim
Anthony Kim is a Corwin Press bestselling author, with publications including The New Team Habits, The New School Rules, and The Personalized Learning Playbook. His writing ranges the topics of the future of work, leadership and team motivation, improving the way we work, and innovation in systems-based approaches to organizations and school design. Anthony believes that how we work is the key determinant to the success of any organization. He is a nationally recognized speaker on learning and his work has been referenced by the Christensen Institute, iNACOL, EdSurge, CompetencyWorks, Education Week, District Administration, and numerous research reports. In addition to his writing, Anthony is the founder and Chief Learning Officer of Education Elements, a trusted partner and consultant to over 1,000 schools nationwide. Anthony has been the founder of several companies across multiple industries, including online education, ecommerce, and concerts and events.