How can you work successfully with teachers who are much older than you? Check out this primer on the three generations, including a list of helpful tips.

Kelly, a new 22-year-old teacher, is sitting at her first staff meeting two days before school begins at Henry Elementary School. She pulls out her iPad to take notes and to look at the district’s curriculum guide online as the principal begins the discussion about the curriculum revisions that will take place this fall. One of the older teachers (Kelly thinks she is probably in her fifties) leans over and suggests that she put her laptop device away because many of the teachers and the principal think it’s disrespectful to be using electronics during the discussion. Kelly, surprised at this suggestion, says that she can put it away, but she has used an iPad or laptop regularly in almost every college class she attended, and she thought it would be helpful to reference the curriculum guide during the discussion. She decides that she will do as the older teacher suggested since it’s her first meeting, but she reminds herself to bring this up with the principal later.

Does this scenario sound familiar? Have you run into intergenerational conflicts with other teachers that leave you baffled? The three generations have different styles of communication, yet teachers of all ages still have to work together effectively. You can improve your relationships with your colleagues if you understand more about their generational characteristics and their preferred communication styles.

The Baby Boomers

Teachers from the Baby Boomer generation were generally born between 1946 and 1965. While many are starting to retire, a lot of teachers still fall under this category. The Baby

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