Transliteracy is a term that I knew nothing about, until 10 months ago. It is a term that is trending right now. Is it really a trend or a major change in education to stop a vicious cycle? You always hear veteran teachers talk about how when you teach long enough you will see the pendulum swing back and forth. Well, they are right. After 11 years of teaching I have seen just that. The teaching profession has shifted from fidelity to adopted curriculum to now using supplemental materials when needed to teach the standards. I see transliteracy as the middle point in this constant battle of what is the best way to increase test scores nationwide. It’s taking the “old school” way of paper/pencil and direct instruction and merging it with the “new school” way of technology and collaboration. Blending and merging two very different styles of teaching in my opinion will produce the best possible outcome. In time, transliteracy might just be what we need for more students to be proficient. Student can be support at their ability level all while engaging them in the lesson or course work. This is what will ultimately increase test scores. Those struggling students need to be engaged and adding technology pieces to the content and pedagogy might be just what they need to succeed.
Yes, I see Transliteracy as a mixing bowl of different strategies being mixed into one. Teaching is such a difficult job. There are so many different moving pieces that play a part in a person learning. Transliteracy is trying to mix them all together to best suit the students learning. I know for myself depending on what I am learning plays a large role in how I need the information presented. As a teacher I find myself struggling with sticking to the curriculum with fidelity and mixing in more options that can better reach the needs of my students.
Thinking about our struggling students, do you think it possible to create something in padlet that we can share to support those students in both of our classes, then stretching out to our grade level. I would like to brainstorm, how we might use transliteracy to better provide unified support for special needs students. Could we not create something using transliteracy that all the students could have access to. Very exciting idea. Thank you. Helen