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Literacy Is Still Not Enough
Modern Fluencies for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment



February 2021 | 248 pages | Corwin
Modern fluencies provide a platform for authentic teaching, learning, and assessment 
 
While reading, writing, and arithmetic remain important, they are no longer enough. For learners to thrive, they must move beyond traditional literacies to modern fluencies—the unconscious mental processes that are learned, adapted, and applied in the context of real-world problems and challenges.

In this book, the authors unpack the fluencies (solution, information, creativity, communication, collaboration, and global citizenship) to reflect the relentless social, cultural, and economic shifts of modern times. Practical resources are presented alongside:

  • Authentic Unit Plan Exemplars for each fluency
  • Assessment rubric examples
  • Discussion questions

Learners today must master an entirely different set of essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed than previous generations. This book provides a practical framework for integrating new fluencies into traditional curriculum.
 

 
Foreword
 
Preface: Evolution of the Fluencies
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
PART I: Setting the Scene for the Modern Fluencies
 
Chapter 1: Highly Educated Useless People
Introduction

 
 
Chapter 2: Education in the Age of Disruption
Disruptive Innovation

 
The iPhone as a Disruptor

 
Disruption Is Everywhere

 
What Is Exponential?

 
HyperInformation

 
Where Do We Begin?

 
 
Chapter 3: From Literacy to Fluency: The Starting Point
Literacy Is Still Not Enough

 
Conscious Application of Essential Skills

 
Unconscious Application of Essential Skills

 
Modern Learning Fluencies

 
The Path Forward

 
 
Chapter 4: Modern Learning Pedagogy and the Learning Progression
Learning Theorists and the Modern Fluencies

 
The Progression of Thought and Learning

 
The Role of Technology in the Modern Fluencies

 
Using Mental Processes

 
Heutagogy and the Fluencies

 
Modern Learning Skills

 
Context and Meaning: The Velcro of Learning

 
 
Chapter 5: Modern and Future-Ready Learning Environments
Types of Modern Learning Environments

 
It’s All About Mindsets, Not Materials or Miracles

 
Know Thy Learner: Cultural Competency

 
The Learning Space: Fabricating a Place of Imagination and Endless Potential

 
Essential Attributes of Modern Learning Environments

 
Screen Time

 
Cultivating Optimal Learning Environments

 
 
PART II: An Introduction to the Modern Fluencies
 
Chapter 6: Teaching and Learning Using the Modern Fluencies
What Are the 6 Modern Fluencies?

 
Why There Are Nine Steps to Each Fluency

 
 
Chapter 7: Solution Fluency: Real-World Problem Solving
Step 1: Define

 
Step 2: Determine

 
Step 3: Discover

 
Step 4: Dream

 
Step 5: Design

 
Step 6: Deliver

 
Step 7: Diagnose

 
Step 8: Debrief

 
Step 9: Decide

 
 
Chapter 8: Collaboration Fluency: Global Connections
Step 1: Explain

 
Step 2: Establish

 
Step 3: Explore

 
Step 4: Envision

 
Step 5: Engineer

 
Step 6: Execute

 
Step 7: Examine

 
Step 8: Evaluate

 
Step 9: Extend

 
 
Chapter 9: Information Fluency: InfoWhelm and HyperInformation
Step 1: Ask

 
Step 2: Audience

 
Step 3: Access

 
Step 4: Authenticate

 
Step 5: Assemble

 
Step 6: Apply

 
Step 7: Assess

 
Step 8: Analyze

 
Step 9: Action

 
 
Chapter 10: Communication Fluency: Text and Multimedia
Step 1: Pose

 
Step 2: Pinpoint

 
Step 3: Prepare

 
Step 4: Picture

 
Step 5: Plan

 
Step 6: Produce

 
Step 7: Probe

 
Step 8: Ponder

 
Step 9: Pledge

 
 
Chapter 11: Creativity Fluency: Innovation and Imagination
IQ versus CQ

 
Step 1: Illustrate

 
Step 2: Identify

 
Step 3: Inquire

 
Step 4: Imagine

 
Step 5: Initiate

 
Step 6: Implement

 
Step 7: Inspect

 
Step 8: Investigate

 
Step 9: Inspire

 
 
Chapter 12: Global Citizenship: Citizenship in the Digital Age
Cultivating Good Citizens Online and Offline

 
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

 
Global Citizenship Passport

 
 
Chapter 13: Authentic Assessment: Techniques and Strategies
Summative and Formative Assessments

 
Authentic Assessment

 
Rubrics

 
Types of Rubrics

 
Creating Assessments and Rubrics Aligned to the Modern Fluencies

 
The Overview of the Unit: Full of Hot Air

 
The Importance of Peer and Self-Assessment

 
Feedback and Feedforward

 
Reflection

 
Tools for Formative Assessment and Rubrics

 
 
PART III: Moving Forward
 
Chapter 14: The Future of Education Is Now: Are You Ready?
An Overview of the Fluencies

 
When and How to Use the Fluencies

 
Today’s Learners Are Different

 
 
Chapter 15: Fluency Resources
Fluency Digital Libraries

 
Fluency Lesson Sparks

 
Fluency Lesson Planning Template

 
 
References

For instructors

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