Title

Track Star + Thing Power: Be[com]ing in the Literacy Workshop

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Early Childhood Literacy

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd.

Publication Date

6-4-2018

First Page

1

Last Page

18

Abstract

This paper explores the intra-actions between and assemblages among classroom materials, a teacher's chair and a seven-year-old boy during a second grade literacy workshop. I consider the ways in which the relationships between the human and more-than-human produced multiple ways of being and, in particular, new modes of competence for a child whose classroom literacy practices were often considered illegitimate or unremarkable. Drawing on posthumanist and more-than-human philosophies of difference, I suggest that the child's affective relationships with materials and his teacher's willingness to engage in a nomadic pedagogy produced new opportunities for him to experience and demonstrate his literate selves and, subsequently, created a not-yet-experienced and unanticipated sense of belonging.

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