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In Future-Focused Learning: Ten Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice, published by Solution Tree, author Lee Watanabe-Crockett details how educators can shift instruction to focus on student-centered learning competencies to support critical thinking and digital skills.

Based on Watanabe-Crockett’s work with schools around the world, Future-Focused Learning details ten core shifts of practice—along with simple microshifts—educators can use immediately, regardless of their core curriculum or instructional pedagogy.
“This book is a culmination of ten years of work with schools around the world. That work has all been about moving to student-centered learning—building capacity in learners to be functional, independent learners,” explains Watanabe-Crockett, who goes on to explain the challenges many educators experience in doing this work.

“When we start to look at future-focus pedagogy, like STEM, PBL, etc., there’s a steep learning curve.”

In Future-Focused Learning, Watanabe-Crockett uses shifts and microshifts to offer a clear pathway for taking the great work educators are already doing and making it exceptional.
Teachers and educational leaders can use this book to improve student learning in the classroom and support authentic learning.

In this book, readers will:
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 personalized learning—improves student-centered learning outcomes.

Improve formative assessment practices to be more mindful and further student engagement by involving them in the assessment process.

Lee Watanabe-Crockett is an author, speaker, designer, and inspirational thinker. The author of Growing Global Digital Citizens and Mindful Assessment, he believes in creating balance in the reality of a digital present and future.He is the creative force behind the Solution Fluency Activity Planner, a social network that has created a culture of collaboration for educators around the world to share and source unit plans that align to the structure of a modern learning environment.

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