Presentation on theme: "See the Story Live the Story! Teaching for Transformation."— Presentation transcript:
See the Story Live the Story! Teaching for Transformation
What do you do with an idea? What if (Christian) education is not primarily about the absorption of ideas and information, but about the formation of hearts and desires? What if we began by appreciating how education not only gets into our head but also (and more fundamentally) grabs us by the gut – what the New Testament refers to as kardia, “the heart”? What if (Christian) 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 (Christian) education was the transforming of our imagination rather than the saturation of our intellect? James Smith, Desiring the Kingdom, pp
See the Story Live the Story! Learning Target: I can nourish my conviction that my (our) Christian School(s), and the classrooms within, needs to invite my (our) students to live a better story, the Story.
See the Story Live the Story! Learning Target: I can identify key elements that will enable my (our) Christian School(s), and the classrooms within, to live the better Story and envision the next steps for my Christian school to take.
See the Story Live the Story! Learning Target : I can describe the processes of Teaching for Transformation and recognize the role it plays in inviting our students into the better Story.
Educational Dance – Who leads? Why? Who? How? What? 1.Who would your students say is leading the dance? 2.Who leads the dance when your teachers plan their lessons? 3. As school leaders, who do you want to lead the dance?
What is your story? What is your “why” of your school? Does your school have a “lived” why or a “stated” why?
3 Core TfT Practices #1 - Classroom Lifesong “We are story-formed people. Our lives are first shaped by narrative, not by information. We don’t learn how to live the Christian life by memorizing facts, rules, precepts, morals, imports, exports, governments, and drains. Instead, from our earliest moments we experience the stories of those who have gone before us: stories from the Old and New Testaments; stories from the history of the Church throughout the centuries; stories of our own families and local congregations; stories that are enacted each week in the drama we call worship and in the everyday conversations and practices of the home.... We begin to see our lives as part of a pattern within the larger story of redemption. We long to live a life worthy of that story.” Sarah Arthur in “Distinguishing Dragons: The Importance of Story in Faith Formation,”from Shaped by God, Robert J. Keeley, ed.; Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2010
3 Core TfT Practices #2 - Throughlines “The primary goal of Christian education is the formation of a peculiar people – a people who desire the kingdom of God and thus undertake their life’s expression of that desire.” James K. Smith
3 Core TfT Practices # 3 - FLE – Formational Learning Experiences “Christian schools must be about formation, rather than information... We are not brains on a stick!” James K. Smith
See the Story – Live the Story! MRGTFfuyU
Core Practice #1 – Lifesong With a Partner…. What is the classroom story (lifesong) that emerged?.... We begin to see our lives as part of a pattern within the larger story of redemption. We long to live a life worthy of that story.” What story are the students finding themselves part of?
TfT Core Practice # 1 – Lifesong This is The Story in which I’ve have found myself. Here is how it got started. Here is how it went wrong. Here is what Christ came to do and is doing! Here is what will happen next. Now this --- this is the role I’ve been given. If I want to fulfill my calling, this is what I must do. These are my cues. And here is how things are going to turn out in the end.
“Living Between the Trees”
See the Story – Live the Story! Seeing the Story! “Welcome to another day in God’s theatre!”“An Invitation to a Better Story!” “Living between the trees”“Here I am Lord” “Faithful Presence” “Join the Mustard Seed conspiracy” “Desire the kingdom““See and be seen!” “Wonderstruck” “ESC? ESC!” “See the Story – Live the Story!”“To Change the World”
What do you do with an idea? Reflecting…. Which classroom(s) in your school are living a story – a lifesong? Are there stories being lived out that are in conflict with the lifesong?
Core Practice #2 - Throughlines With a partner… What are the throughlines that emerged? “The overall aim of Christian schools is to help students become citizens of the kingdom of God, responsive disciples of Jesus Christ.” —Harro Van Brummelen, educator
See the Story – Live the Story! Student Biblical Story
Identifying with throughlines Questions to think about it…. Which throughlines do you embody? Which throughlines do some of your individual teachers embody? Which students emerge as embodied throughlines? Which throughlines are embodied in subject and learning space areas? Which throughlines does your school embody? Which throughlines does your community embody (or need)?
“Living Between the Trees”
See the Story – Live the Story!
Finding My Place in God’s Story
Core Practice #3 – Formational Learning Experiences How did the students practice living and being throughlines? Practice = learning activities that involve real work (addresses real needs) and real audiences connected with the learning outcomes Vocation is “ the place where a person’s deep passions and the world’s deepest needs collide.” Frederick Buechner
TfT Core Practice # 3 – Formational Learning Experience “How will my students practice living these Throughlines in this unit?” “It is nothing but a pious wish and a grossly unwarranted hope that students trained to be passive and non-creative in school will suddenly, upon graduation, actively contribute to the formation of Christian culture.” Woltersdorff
“How Can I make a difference?”
MR. Difference maker caterpillar
Caterpillar themes Sharing Personal Service Advocacy Myth Busting / Informing Service to our global community Service to our WRCA community Encouragement
the food drive Buddy groups completed the following tasks: Poster and sign creation Thermometer display and updating Intercom announcements Chapel presentation PowerPoint for chapel presentation Food collection and counting Delivery to food bank
Project Goal: I can use a loan to make a profit so that I can donate it to an organization that helps Guatemalans get loans. MICROLOAN PROJECT
Microloan project Did we make a profit? Can we pay back our loan? Can we bless someone in Guatemala by giving them a loan?
So………. How do we equip our teachers to be these story tellers?
Framing the Biblical Story Immersed in the Story - Throughlines Weaving the Story - Learning Outcomes Living the Story - Formational Learning Experience Enriching the Story - Ensuring Learning Assessment and Activities W ha t st or y do es yo u r un it t ell ? Imagining the Story