As exams for year 11 and 12s swiftly approaches you can feel the tension rising for the students and teachers alike. Students are under a phenomenal amount of stress anxiety which can in some cases, lead to required medical intervention to get them through this period of time. The adolescents pin all their dreams on the one end result and that is also reinforced by parents, media etc. It’s as if the world ends if you do not get the right enter score. If we look at great many successful people they are told they will never amount to anything, they’ll be of no value to society but, of course we know they have gone on and been hugely successful. People like Richard Branson and Lindsay Fox.
So while these Year 11 and 12 exams are very important, I do not believe the level of stress that is placed on these adolescents is necessary. So very often at this tender age, we don’t know what we want to do, or the possibilities that are out there. Adult education can always be picked up at any given time and goals can be reached through alternate learning systems.
For the teachers, they are very nervous as to whether they have done everything in their power to help their students through this stressful, painful, traumatic period of time. Therefore we have two groups wanting an amazing outcome but are both stressed on the way through.
Is this teaching our adolescents how to deal with milestones in their life? I think not. Is this educating our adolescents to traumatise their body each and every time an even in their life is presented? I would say yes. There are much better ways to help our adolescents through this period of time.
One that we’re starting to hear more about is the benefit of meditation (some call it mindfulness). The benefits and the reduction in stress as an outcome, also breathing reduces stress, clears the mind and adds a strength that is void when these techniques are not executed correctly and efficiently. We also know by using our hands in many and varied ways works on the meridians and can also calm the mind, reduce anxiety leaving the user clear-thinking, unfrazzled, and will greatly assist in the user achieving their outcomes.
In this mix we need to put the value of eating live, healthy food. Our adolescents know this, therefore we do not need to lecture them on it, however they do need guidance and from time to time, a reminder. It’s well documented that food sustains the body, energizes and stops the 3pm slack attack/brain drain. Sleep also, is paramount to rest the body and mind and to prepare for the next day.
When you learn the techniques to calm the mind, as well as the best sleeping position, what to and not to eat or drink before you go to bed, how long you use electronics or have social interaction, this will make a huge difference as to whether we have a calm, quiet, rejuvenating sleep, or a night of turmoil leaving us ill-prepared for the day to follow.
There is so much in media that fills our head in preparation for exams; it can be misinterpreted when we are so stressed. Therefore we must have the correct information that is clear and succinct in its delivery so our adolescents do not think it’s a good idea to have a fast day the day before exams.
If you would like to learn more about how WorkPlace-EZ can assist your students to reduce stress – especially at exam time – and achieve their goals, contact us via the contact form, email email@example.com or call 0407840702.
Information comes to us all in many and varied ways, so when I heard that five generations are working together for the first time this year, I was very interested to look into what effects a situation like this would have on each one of us in the workplace and beyond.
For some, we simply don’t care what generation we work with or socialize with, just so long as we get the job done, and done well, and the workplace runs smoothly. This group really are not worried what the next generation is called, their classification of behaviours, or anything else for that matter. However, there is another group of workers who find it vital to keep up with what the next generation are doing, the language they are using, how they are dressing, and this group feel they need to mimic the up and coming generation as they see them as a threat. The younger generation are seen to have greater knowledge, have had it easier, given more opportunities, technology is improving all the time therefore the younger generations are more tech savvy and not afraid of what technology can do, but also there is the fear of “they will take our jobs!”
Let’s put this Generation Gap thing into perspective. According to research undertaken by the Harvard Joint Centre for Housing Studies, defining the generations is not as straightforward as it seems.  However, the Centre for Generational Kinetics defines the generations in line with what is commonly accepted. That is:
- iGen, aka Generation Z: born 1996 and after
- Millennials, aka Generation Y: born 1977 to 1995
- Generation X: born 1965 to 1976
- Baby Boomers: born 1946 to 1964
- Traditionalists: born 1945 and before
As I see it, Gen Z integrates very well with the older generation. As they just see them as their grandparents or great-grandparents, Gen Z seems to cut them some slack. Not so with the Baby Boomers and less so with Gen X as this group is seen as the parental figure, so Gen Z do not want to be told what to do, and the older generations expect Gen Z to do exactly as they are told. This can lead to disharmony in the work and social arena. For each generation the question can be asked “What planet are you from, and what language are you speaking?”
You might ask what about Gen Y? Well they are just caught in the middle. I am sure, they, at times, might feel like an interpreter, a junction between Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Z. Gen Y are possibly thinking ‘we don’t get it either’. This has been the same for every generation in the past, as no generation has “got” the generation before them.
The classification of generations can of course be of great importance and value. There has been so much research into each generation, what behaviours they exhibit, how they fit with society etc. Gen X are classified as being slackers, Gen Y as lazy, and Gen Z are technology absorbed.
With all the rumblings around generation classifications, it appears we just want to pigeonhole everyone, blame each other’s generation for the good and bad. We do not seem to be very tolerant of each other’s generation. This has been the same for each generation that has gone before us. Nothing has changed but everything is different or at least that is how each generation sees it.
Once we can embrace each generation’s differences and realize each generation has so much to give, and learn from, we will then – and only then – work and play harmoniously together, instead of pulling in different directions.
As I see it, we all need to take a deep breath, stop comparing each other, and start caring about and encouraging one another. Each generation has its own special gifts: the older generations have experience, the younger generation has enthusiasm, new ideas and a new way of doing things. So let’s keep this in our minds: the next generation will be the generation caring for us in the aged care facilities, this is the continuing process for every generation to come. Life is too short to dismiss the generation before or after.
Now is the time to play nice with everyone!
 George Masnick (Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies), 2012, ‘Defining the Generations’, http://housingperspectives.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/defining-generations.html
 The Center for Generation Kinetics, 2015, ‘Five Generations of Employees in Today’s Workforce: Managers and leaders face an unprecedented challenge’, http://genhq.com/five-generations-of-employees-in-todays-workforce/
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