What is Transmediation? A project in which students are asked to provide a visual response to a topic, issue or reading to social studies, science or language arts.
Guiding Questions What does the child’s visual response tell me about what they took from and understood from the story? In what ways does this project make it evident that “transmediation” is a good strategy to use in the classroom, in terms of students’ responses for reflections to concepts or topics?
My Project I read the book Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs, to a 5th grade student and a 3rd grade student without showing them the illustrations. After reading the book once I asked the students to respond to the reading through a drawing. I told them they could show how the book make them them feel, what it made them think about, or a related topic.
Why…? Goldberg Pg. 1: “The arts provide a methodology by which students can transform their observations into a creative form.” Pg. 9: “Art is a language of expression and communication that has always been a fundamental aspect of human condition and perpetuation of cultures.” Wilson Pg. 24: “Children are easily able to convey their thoughts and ideas through drawing.”
My Project Continued After seeing the students responses to the book without being able to see the illustrations, I thought I would be interesting to see if their views or conceptualizations of the story would change if they were able to look at the illustrations while reading. I read the students the book again showing them the illustrations on each page as I read. I again asked the students to respond to the book through a drawing.
Why…? Goldberg Pg. 5: “By exercising their imaginations through subject matter- related artwork, children are more likely to make connections and transcend previous limitations.” Fountas/Olsen Pg. 4: “If a drawing is a means of thinking and processing information, of communicating what is known and understood, and of relating ones self to a body of knowledge then a more complete and/or expressive and better composed drawing provides another window for understanding the complexity of student thinking and communication skills.” Ballenge/Morris Pg. 5: “Learning how to make connections and not see subjects or people in isolated, unrelated ways is a lifelong skill that is vitally important for students to learn.”
Personal Pedagogy I believe strongly in the importance of incorporating art into the curriculum for both the teacher and the students It gives the teacher insight into student thinking that they may not otherwise have access to Gives the students a universal way to communicate their ideas to the teacher and their peers Allows students to explore topics that may be too advanced to understand through text It provides a common “language” and form of expression for all students
Transmediation in the Classroom What I’ve Learned: Transmediation is a very useful tool in the classroom. Provides a great way to elicit responses from children who do not yet have developed linguistic or writing skills Provides opportunity to fully involve English Language Learners in to the lesson Engages students and gets them excited about relaying their thoughts and ideas to others Creates and easy way for teachers to understand student thinking
Why this is important for teachers Oreck It is important for teachers to view art not as a separate subject to be taught, but rather to integrate art into many subjects for a variety of instructional purposes. Teachers are able to articulate a wide range of clear performance and personal growth goals for students through involvement in arts processes. Goldberg Pg. 25: “The arts deepen teachers’ awareness of students abilities and provide alternative methods of assessment.”