Letting it all spill out: the benefits of venting for creative writing teachers and students

Gilbert, Francis; Daly, Grainne and Riley, Peggy. 2021. Letting it all spill out: the benefits of venting for creative writing teachers and students. Writing in Education, 84, ISSN 1361-8539 [Article]

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The need to provide solutions to pandemic deterritorialized teaching took effect almost overnight in early spring 2020. There was an immediate amplification of digital literacy requirements. The need for multi-modal fluency and connectivity intensified throughout the pandemic and its effects were felt nowhere near as profoundly as in education. Overnight new learning systems had to be designed and implemented. New technology needed to rapidly be acquired and shared. Teachers had to redesign teaching curricula so that content would be fit for the new modes of delivery that was emerging. Students and teachers were inundated with ‘new’ as innovation became a key force underpinning the production and consumption of pedagogy. The challenges were many, and how we approached the challenges became vital to our survival and success within a period of monumental distress. This research looks at three models that were used to assist teachers in managing expectations during the pandemic.

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online teaching, pandemic, creative writing, venting, learning pits, circumplex

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Educational Studies


14 July 2021Accepted
1 September 2021Published

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15 Sep 2021 09:54

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15 Sep 2021 10:36

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