“What if education was primarily concerned with shaping our hopes and passions-our visions of the ‘good life’-and not merely about the dissemination of data and information as inputs to our thinking? What if the primary work of education was the transforming of our imagination rather than the saturation of our intellect?” James K.A. Smith
We are a story-formed people, and the teacher is the main storyteller in the educational setting. Our teachers are using Teaching for Transformation (TfT) to invite students into God’s story. TfT helps students discover the biblical narrative of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. A phrase often used to describe Storyline in TfT is “see the story–live the story”. Storylines could include a classroom Storyline or a school wide Storyline that is used in lesson planning and unit planning. Storyline helps students discover how they can be co-creators with God in the present.
TfT believes that every unit and every learning experience tells a story. The TfT program tries, using the story discovered in each unit of study, to create a powerful and compelling image of God’s story. The TfT program invites students to imagine his or her place in God’s story. The TfT program does this by connecting the story of each unit with opportunities to tangibly practice living the grand narrative. Each student and teacher will begin to create a personal “storyline” and articulate how they see themselves living in God’s epic drama.
Our teachers have been training in TfT for the past year and we will be incorporating it into our upcoming year as we unpack the new BC learn plans for our classrooms. We are excited about this approach to learning and we know the students will be engaged in this learning model.
TfT is a trade mark of the Prairie Centre for Christian Education (PCCE)