Intergenerational learning is a type of learning where people of different generation learn or get an education, whether it is formal, semi-formal or informal, at the same place. These different generations might be young and old, young and young-old, young and older-old.
There are many questions arising that how to made intergenerational learning successful?
Here are some tips following, in which I’ve tried to discuss the points of successful intergenerational learning. I know that there’s nothing new in these tips and you might already know it, but I’m writing these tips to remind you that you may don’t have these in your mind.
1. Try to communicate your fellows:
It’s observed that the people enrolled in intergenerational learning institutes in different programs, usually talk to the person of same generation and ignore other people.
The Good communication is the first step for good relationships. So, try to communicate your all fellows in a light way and don’t let the communication gap interposing between you and your fellows.
2. Make discussion in class and everyone participate in it:
We know that there are many people who don’t participate in class discussion of their own and therefore, everyone starts ignoring them. The solution of this problem is that the teacher should ask everyone about his point of view in class discussion.
By, participating in class, everyone would able to share his point of view and all other students would know about him and knowing about anyone is the first step of friendship.
3. Avoid to argue the elders:
Discordance is the one thing which breaks the good relationships. So avoid discordance and arguments on different topics with your elders. If you have to argue with them, then argue with respect and you could say that you are correct at your place, I am not saying you are wrong, but my point of view is…
By this, you can keep good relation with all your fellows.
4. Try to understand other’s point of view:
Everyone has freedom of speech. But if anyone insists on his point of view and say that everyone is wrong except me than obviously other people will also not listen to him. Especially, in intergenerational learning, young people thought that we are young; we know everything about the world and about new technology, so we are right in our point of view. These old people don’t know anything about it.
Yes, you are young, you’ve knowledge about new technology and all other things but old people are the people who have experience of their life. You might not have experience like them. So, try to understand their point of view too.
5. Show patience while dealing with others:
Dealing with people of different age groups is quite difficult because in this case, we have to understand everyone’s nature according to his age.
It is said that “children and old people have the same psychology and they demand the same thing i.e. attention and love”
We know that dealing with children requires patience. So, this formula also applies while dealing with elder people.
Deal them with love and patience, pay your attention to them, they’ll love you back in return.
6. Compromise on different things:
Everyone wants everything perfect and wants that his every wish become true. But he doesn’t know that in this world, every wish could never become true and we have to compromise at some places.
When we start to compromise with others, our life becomes easy and happy. So this is the sixth principle i.e. compromise.
7.Give respect and take respect:
If you want to be respected, you should start giving respect to others. For successful intergenerational learning, everyone should give respect to others. This is the key to success. So, the last principle is to respect others.