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Future-Focused Learning: Ten Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice (Changing Teaching Practices to Support Authentic Learning for the 21st Century)

Future-Focused Learning: Ten Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice (Changing Teaching Practices to Support Authentic Learning for the 21st Century)

by Lee Crockett

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When educators embrace student-centered learning, classrooms transform, authentic learning comes alive, and outcomes improve. A culmination of Lee Watanabe-Crockett's ten-plus years of work with schools around the world, Future-Focused Learning details ten core shifts of practice--along with simple microshifts--you can use with your students immediately, regardless of your core curriculum or instructional pedagogy. These proven shifts offer a clear pathway for taking the great work you are already doing and making it exceptional.

Use this book to improve student-centered learning in the classroom and support authentic learning outcomes for the 21st century:

  • Study over 50 specific examples of classroom microshifts that make the larger shifts in practice simple to achieve as a collective group.
  • Connect the six essential fluencies--solution fluency, information fluency, creative fluency, media fluency, collaboration fluency, and global digital citizenship--to the shifts of practice that develop students' key 21st century skills and higher-order thinking.
  • Explore topics in student-centered learning competencies such as project-based learning, essential questions, STEM education, and digital skills.
  • Learn why fostering connections to learning --from improved emotional connections to the value of clear learning intentions--improve student-centered learning outcomes and higher-order thinking.
  • Improve formative assessment practices to be more mindful, ask the essential questions, and further student engagement by involving them in the assessment process.
  • Access an exclusive online bonus chapter that examines the value of solution fluency across a range of applications.

Chapter 1: Essential and Herding Questions
Chapter 2: Connection Through Context and Relevance
Chapter 3: Personalized Learning
Chapter 4: A Challenge of Higher-Order-Thinking Skills
Chapter 5: Information Fluency for Research Skills
Chapter 6: Process-Oriented Learning
Chapter 7: Learning Intentions and Success Criteria
Chapter 8: Learner-Created Knowledge
Chapter 9: Mindful Assessment
Chapter 10: Self- and Peer Assessment

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945349591
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
Publication date: 07/27/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

About the Author ix

Introduction 1

The Missing Piece in Popular Pedagogical Approaches 2

Shifts to Future-Focused Learning 4

Structure and Use of This Book 5

Chapter 1 Essential and Herding Questions 9

Characteristics of an Essential Question 10

Microshifts of Practice: Essential and Herding Questions Create Engagement 13

Summary 18

Guiding Questions 19

Chapter 2 Connection Through Context and Relevance 21

How Emotional Connections Establish Context and Relevance 22

Microshifts of Practice: Context and Relevance Foster Connection 26

Summary 32

Guiding Questions 33

Chapter 3 Personalized Learning 35

The Characteristics of Personalized Learning 37

Microshifts of Practice: Learning Is Personal 39

Summary 44

Guiding Questions 45

Chapter 4 A Challenge of Higher-Order-Thinking Skills 47

The Road to Awareness and Connection 48

Microshifts of Practice: Challenging Tasks Develop Higher-Order-Thinking Skills 51

Summary 56

Guiding Questions 57

Chapter 5 Information Fluency for Research Skills 59

Research and the Power of Information Fluency 60

Microshifts of Practice: Improved Research Requires Information Fluency 66

Summary 73

Guiding Questions 74

Chapter 6 Process-Oriented Learning 75

The Connection Between Essential Fluencies and Process-Oriented Learning 75

Microshifts of Practice: Solution Fluency Supports Process-Oriented Learning 82

Summary 88

Guiding Questions 89

Chapter 7 Learning Intentions and Success Criteria 91

Examples of Clear Intent 93

Microshifts of Practice: Learning Intentions Must Be Clear 95

Summary 98

Guiding Questions 100

Chapter 8 Learner-Created Knowledge 101

How Constructivism Leads to Creativity 102

Microshifts of Practice: Learner Creation Establishes Focus 106

Summary 111

Guiding Questions 112

Chapter 9 Mindful Assessment 113

How Assessment Becomes Mindful 114

Microshifts of Practice: Assessment Requires Mindfulness 116

Summary 119

Guiding Questions 120

Chapter 10 Self- and Peer Assessment 121

The Case for Self- and Peer Assessment 121

Microshifts of Practice: Self- and Peer Assessment Benefit Learning 123

Summary 126

Guiding Questions 127

Epilogue 129

Appendix: Additional Microshift Ideas 131

Microshift Ideas: Essential and Herding Questions 131

Microshift Ideas: Connection Through Context and Relevance 134

Microshift Ideas: Personalized Learning 136

Microshift Ideas: A Challenge of Higher-Order-Thinking Skills 139

Microshift Ideas: Information Fluency for Research Skills 142

Microshift Ideas: Process-Oriented Learning 144

Microshift Ideas: Learning Intentions and Success Criteria 147

Microshift Ideas: Learner-Created Knowledge 150

Microshift Ideas: Mindful Assessment 153

Microshift Ideas: Self- and Peer Assessment 155

References and Resources 159

Index 165

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"At last, a book that bridges the gap between the realization that education must change and the real work of transforming it. Future-Focused Learning provides a clear guide for building teacher capacity. By implementing Lee Watanabe-Crockett's highly effective coaching processes, I have seen professional transformation take place in the form of renewed teacher practice and increased student engagement. If you strive to transform teaching and learning based on depth of inquiry, collaboration, and creativity, you must engage with this book."

Kathleen Baker Brown, assistant principal, Parap Primary School, Australia

"Teachers at any stage in their career can benefit from Future-Focused Learning. I can open to any chapter and find a valuable instructional shift and the reasoning behind it. Each strategy works with any content, grade level, or curriculum and results in increased agency for my students and more fun teaching for me!"

Lisa Bejarano, National Board Certified Teacher, 2015 Colorado Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

"Future-Focused Learning takes teachers on a personal learning journey. Lee Watanabe-Crockett speaks directly to teachers, inviting them to shift their practice in accessible and meaningful ways with maximum impact for the students they teach."

Jane Danvers, principal, Wilderness School, South Australia

"Future-Focused Learning has a gentle approach to challenging thinking while providing easy-to-implement suggestions that have great potential to impact student learning and increase success. The book provides guidance to understand and accept new practices, then includes classroom activities that will make them effective."

Eileen Depka, author, Raising the Rigor

"Lee has found a way to do what all the gurus from the era of Bloom's taxonomy haven't achieved—alter teaching practice to reach the upper layers of the taxonomy. For teachers looking for one read on how to alter practice without changing pedagogy, while still maintaining a strong moral compass, this book will guide them on their journey."

John Fischetti, head of school and dean of education, The University of Newcastle, Australia

"Many teachers appreciate that teaching literacy skills is not enough to equip and empower the modern-day learner but remain uncertain about what and how to change. The result is to default to conventional practice. In Future-Focused Learning, Lee Watanabe-Crockett provides the toolkit for teachers to move from proficient to dynamic in order to equip and empower the modern-day learner. It makes the overwhelming become achievable by providing practical guidance for teachers to shift their practice in gradual steps."

Marcus Knill, principal consultant, Department for Education, South Australia

"While others still debate what a 21st century curriculum is, Lee Watanabe-Crockett brings educators on a journey from why to how, from fluencies to shifts of practice. It's a journey through which educators can use a highly effective method of engaging learners in complex thinking to achieve outcomes thought unimaginable only a few years ago."

Simon McGlade, principal, Newport Gardens Primary School, Australia

"Any teacher, from beginner to veteran, will find practical and proven ideas for invigorating their teaching and enlivening student learning."

Jay McTighe, educational author and consultant

"Lee Watanabe-Crockett's Future-Focused Learning is exactly what educators have been asking for in a school improvement plan. Empathetic of teacher burnout with ever-evolving pedagogies, the book outlines simple microshifts in instructional practice that teachers can easily implement to improve student engagement and success. These shifts focus on all aspects of learning and assessment to provide authentic formative experiences that allow students to reflect on their knowledge, attitudes, and skills. This book is well worth the read, and the shift in practices is well worth the effort."

Tammy Murphy, superintendent, GEMS Dubai American Academy

"Future-Focused Learning will take a school or division on a journey away from initiative fatigue and toward a transformation of practice and learning. It's an excellent choice for a staff book study, as the ideas Lee Watanabe-Crockett presents apply and connect to all subjects in any school interested in an intentional, collective, and collaborative pathway toward change. A must-read for any educator!"

Evan Robb, principal, Johnson-Williams Middle School, Virginia

"Future-Focused Learning is a rare book that reads like a story but is actually a field guide for transforming schools. Lee's work deals with the systemic issues inherent when inventing new institutional forms, social practices, and skills, a process we badly need in education. I have seen its ideas work as it transformed 2,700 students and 300 faculty in one of the most high-profile schools in the world. I highly recommend you read and more importantly use this book in your community of learning."

Thomas Steele-Maley, director of foresight research and design, GEMS Education, United Arab Emirates

"Future-Focused Learning succinctly summarizes the key shifts happening in education. With a focus on the practitioner, the chapters offer practical suggestions, tools, and activities to nudge educators to embrace these shifts as opportunities to propel their practice."

Rebecca Stobaugh, coauthor, Real-World Learning Framework for Elementary Schools

"In this book, Lee Watanabe-Crockett continues to focus on the how, not just the why when designing instruction for contemporary classrooms and schools. The ten shifts and the microshifts in this book will inspire all future-focused educators to take the next step in their own professional transformation. Educational leaders should view this book as a road map to influence teachers and motivate modern learners."

Jackie Vaughan, deputy principal, Australia

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