I have a passion for all things literacy: reading, writing, texting, speaking, blogging, viewing, podcasting, listening…the list could go on. Merriam-Webster defines passion as “intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction.” That last part, conviction, really resonates with me. I have a strong belief that literacy is a foundation for all other skills. I also think literacy is more than reading and writing – we must consider the 21st Century skills that our students will need to succeed.
No longer does composing mean writing an essay. Composing is creating something, whether alone or together. It may be on a computer, on paper or even on a napkin. As educators, we must recognize that students are encountering various literacies and modes of expression and determine how we can equip students to succeed.