Hate the empty nest! hate! hate! hate!
Anyway, getting back to my interrupted post on precision teaching, when you learn something to fluency, you "get the MESAG":
|Maintenance||"You never forget how to ride a bicycle." |
When you learn content or skills to fluency, you remember them.
|Endurance||This one surprised me. Fluency in content and skills means you can perform the content or skill for as long as you need to perform them. You have stamina.|
|Stability||Another surprise, rife with implications for our ADHD epidemic. Fluent knowledge and skills are impervious to distraction. A noisy classroom has no effect on skills a child knows so well he can do them in his sleep. If he can do long division in his sleep, he can do long division inside Penn Station.|
|Transferring semi-old knowledge to new contexts is hard. My favorite story re: transfer of knowledge is the little autistic boy whose parents and teachers spent months painstakingly teaching him to butter his bread. Finally he learned! Everyone was happy until, a few weeks later, they discovered that the little boy had no idea how to spread peanut butter on bread. Spreading butter on bread and spreading peanut butter on bread were two different things, and they had to start all over again. |
Fluency allows you to apply your bread-buttering skills to peanut-buttering bread.
Autistic children, by the way, are rarely taught anything to fluency. "Discrete trial" teaching puts a ceiling on the number of repetitions a child can do in a minute. 80% correct does not equal fluency.
|Generativity||Fluent knowledge and skill "repertoires" readily recombine to produce new skills that don't have to be directly taught.|
Is fluency the magic that makes inflexible knowledge flexible?