From the time we enter school we are taught that literacy involves reading, writing, and comprehension. While that is still be true to this day there are so many more areas within our world that include literacy now.
Literacy now is not just completing reading in class, or doing a spelling test. Literacy includes so many areas outside of the classroom. This can contain; social literacy, art/music literacy, and visual-text literacy. Literacy means different things to different cultures around the world, we should treat literacy more as a social practice to better connect literacy around the world.
What Can Teachers Do?
As teachers it is important that we have the ability to think of literacy not as an entity, but instead thinking of literacy as a social practice can help our students change our future.
Thinking in this way can establish a great study of literacy in the 21st century. with a combination of meaning making, language study, inquiry-based learning, but ensuring that our delivery is different.
What Can Students Do
Students now in the classroom have the opportunity to learn a variety of literacies. It is important for their future that they are given those opportunities to learn all that they can about literacy. May that be technical writing, visual-text, social connections, or even musical/audio literacy.
At school children should be given the opportunity to make connections to what they are reading/learning about.
What is Everyday Literacy
Everyday literacy involves not just the classroom but daily events at home, and out in their community. To a child's life everyday literacy is very important; everyday literacy gives children the opportunity to learn throughout the day, thus expanding their early literacy skills. In daily life we need to have basic literacy skills; for traffic signs, store signs, reading labels on food items, as well as knowing where to go next. In our classrooms we are able to develop everyday literacy activities to help our students; these can include trips to the grocery store, walks in the community, or ordering food from a restaurant.