Kids Today are Different than the Ones Your Professors Taught

from "Get Better":

Your professors have good advice. But good advice becomes outdated and impractical; even this advice.

Have you heard of the Imaginary Audience? It’s that notion in which teenagers feel that everyone is watching them. Do you remember feeling it? It’s worse now and I’ll tell you why.

Social Media creates the 'I.A.' phenomenon tenfold. There is information online about them, or they think is about them. It’s not so ‘imaginary’ anymore.

Technology is tricking them into thinking that everyone is reading about them.

Many are defeated before they enter your classroom. These students are struggling from a lack of courage. It is a real issue and needs to be kept in mind when you interact with them. Review the section about dignity as a reminder.