A resounding emphasis on learning loss has pervaded popular discourse and academic research as children return to in-person instruction after COVID-related schooling interruptions, most notably including remote schooling. This paper examines how this emphasis links to persistent deficit-oriented views of children as lacking literacy and language. It proposes an expanded, anti-deficit conception of teacher noticing based upon four domains that deserve more visibility especially at this time in the literacy classroom: children’s emotions, children’s funds of knowledge, children’s relationships, and children’s purposes. It provides examples of how teachers might adopt deliberate noticing practices that attend to these domains.
This paper uses “prolepsis,” a process of reaching into the past to inform present and future practices, to understand 12 English-as-a-second language (ESL) teachers’ practices of supporting English language learners (ELLs) through remote teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020-2021 in British Columbia and to envision some different current and future post-pandemic classroom literacies for diverse learners. Accounts of these ESL teachers’ synthetical moments of teaching and supporting ELLs during the pandemic suggest that they had to navigate “new” areas of teaching, including attending to students’ social-emotional learning (SEL), connecting with ELL parents, teaching and engaging students via technology-supported instruction, and co-teaching with mainstream teachers, on the basis of limited or no pre-pandemic experience. These insights suggest a need to widen the focus on ESL teachers’ knowledge and expertise in applied linguistics and instructional strategies to include classroom literacies in integrating SEL into ESL instruction, adopting interactive, student-driven instructional designs and practices afforded by multimodal technologies, maintaining multiple channels of communication with parents and students, and team-teaching with classroom teachers to provide tailored language support for ELLs.
The purpose of this paper was to unpack French-minority language teachers’ perspectives on the impact of the pandemic on their teaching. In fall 2021, semi-structured interviews were conducted virtually with 40 K-12 teachers of French as a minority language in Manitoba and Nova Scotia. While the pandemic has undoubtedly been challenging for language and literacy teachers, many have also developed adaptations and strategies. This paper focuses on those pedagogical accomplishments and teachers’ self-reported moments of success. Three main themes explored were the integration of technology into language teaching, language teacher collaboration and linguistic community building with students.
Dans l’objectif pragmatique de compenser les retards en lecture des élèves du début du primaire, retards causés par les fermetures d’école pour contenir la pandémie mondiale de la COVID-19, cette recherche-développement a permis de concevoir et de valider, par une démarche itérative, des livres animés à la façon « heure du conte ». Sept albums publiés à la maison Bouton d’or Acadie ont été médiatisés après des mises à l’essai successives dans quatorze classes de la maternelle à la deuxième année dans trois écoles francophones de la région du grand Moncton au Nouveau-Brunswick, et ce, dans le contexte de la pandémie.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, schools transitioned to online learning. Utilizing sociomaterial assemblages and visual methods alongside interviews to prompt children’s voices, we collected drawings from primary students at two Eastern Canadian schools to achieve a multimodal understanding of children’s online learning experiences. Younger children’s drawings reflected the issues with technology and lack of socialization, while older children’s depicted their enjoyment with online learning with the agency afforded by learning from home. We found that pedagogical creativity and innovation were essential to successful online learning. This research demonstrates the efficacy of a sociomaterial perspective on children’s drawings for eliciting children’s agentic voices.
This article explores the innovative lesson planning assignments of preservice teacher, Marie, as part of an alternate teaching practicum during the pandemic closure of schools in Spring 2020. Marie viewed this shift in context as an opportunity to “think outside of the box”, to be creative and divert from a traditional lesson planning template. As we read the examples from Marie’s lesson plan assignments, we think with posthumanist theories of entanglement, intra-actions and the producing of newness in literacies pedagogies. We share data that show the entanglements of more-than-humans and humans within the innovative lesson plan format. In exploring Marie’s lesson plan redesigns and her reflections on them, we consider the ways these pedagogies were produced through the intra-actions of assignment criteria, provincial curricula, Marie’s knowledge of her students, families, available learning materials, and pandemic conditions. We consider how the implications of this lesson format contribute to newness in our ways of thinking and doing as teacher educators of literacies.
Anciens numéros de Language and Literacy / Langue et littératie