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TfT Bulletin #9  |   January 25, 2023

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Typically, my engagement with FLEx is from an instructional perspective—providing feedback and problem solving as I work with teachers on their FLEx design.
But recently I played a new role when my son, for FLEx in his Anatomy and Physiology course, interviewed me about my heart attack last year. Somewhat predictably, his work was last minute, so the interview occurred during our 40-minute commute to school.
Looking back, I am grateful for his procrastination as the commute offered the ideal context for the interview. The Q and A format during this windshield time presented a brave and structured protocol for me to explore and openly share my experience. A rare scene unfolded as all three of my kids removed their AirPods to participate in the conversation.
What started as an overview of heart attack anatomy morphed into our voicing the effect of the heart attack on us individually and collectively. We shared what we were feeling (fearing) at the time and how the experience continues to impact us.
Believe me, before this moment, our commute could rarely be described as restorative. But this I know to be true: my son’s FLEx provided an opportunity for a healing conversation in our family. FLEx language rolls off the tongue so easily: “real work that meets real needs for real people.” But for the first time, as a “real person,” I experienced the restorative, Kingdom work at the heart of FLEx. My family and I are more whole because of it. 

Teaching for Transformation Website: Storyline Examples

For the longest time (an embarrassing amount of time) the TfT website flashed “Under Construction–coming soon” when you clicked on Storyline Examples in the Resources tab.  Well, the tab is no longer disappointing clickbait: at this link you can now find example Storylines and storyboards. We will continue to populate this section with new models. Within the resources, you can also find this Storyline rubric to support your design.
Elementary TfT: Music at Surrey Christian School
It is never too early to start thinking about next year’s Christmas festivities and performances! Culminating with their Christmas concert, Surrey Christian School’s Cloverdale campus music teacher Cari Locken invited her students to live into their Storyline, Instruments of Change, by creating new relationships through giving, creating, and sharing through acts of kindness. Cari’s Deep Hope is “that we will learn to be an instrument of change as we show God’s love to others through various acts of kindness and bring glory to Him through our music.” Check out this story that illustrates the many layers (including some exemplar storyboards) of this school-wide service experience that is shared through the Christmas concert.
Jr High TfT: Mathematics at Central Christian School
At Central Christian School, 7th grade mathematics teacher Diane Hannay invited her students to explore the local immigration story through a statistical lens. Diane’s Deep Hope is that the truths revealed through mathematics would present an opportunity for her students to respond to the immigration story in a way that honors both God and His image bearers. Indeed, this math learning account brings alive the classroom Storyline, Find the Value.
The TfT Tips Trio 
TfT teachers quickly learn that it is one thing to launch a Storyline, but another to sustain one in a meaningful way. This week’s tips share ideas that will support meaningful engagement with your classroom Storyline while deepening the connection between your Storyline and curriculum. 
Meeting Our School Designer Team: Jessica DeWit
Jessica DeWit is the Director of Instruction and Learning at Sioux Falls Christian School, where her deep hope is to spark curiosity in thinking, inspire creativity in instruction, and promote a joyful community of learning. The most compelling part of TfT for Jessica is that it invites learners into God’s story, not “someday, when you graduate,” but as active participants, right NOW, no matter the grade level or subject area. One aspect of TfT that has been fun for her to see blossom at her school is the invitation for everyone–students, teachers, administrators, and even non-teaching staff–to be active participants in creating deep hopes and recognizing their roles in God’s story. Jessica shares this storyline from Sioux Falls Christian’s middle school principal Jake Pettengill. Last year, his deep hope inspired him to create Inside Out groups, SFC Middle School’s unique take on CREW.