Some items from the 2017 Mindset List include:

  • As kids they may well have seen Chicken Run but probably never got chicken pox.
  • Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend.
  • With GPS, they have never needed directions to get someplace, just an address.

Take a look at this list to give you a little more perspective on the new and naive students who scuffle into your class with a Starbucks and an iPhone. They have grown up in the same but a vastly different world as you and me. Your standard jokes, movie references, or explanations may not make sense to them, instead you may need to catch up on popular YouTube videos, Hunger Games, or an episode of Breaking Bad before class.

Good luck to both the students and faculty braving this new semester, and remember – no references to Jerry Maguire, Happy Gilmore, or The Titanic, when those movies came out your students were probably still in diapers!

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