February 8, 2019

Leading for Transformation: Day 5

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This blog was written by Learning Leaders Karen Gerritsma and Gayle Monsma who are Zambian educators and leaders as part of the Leading for Transformation: Teaching for Transformation Walking Together project.

Day 5: Today was the day to tie up all the loose ends.  We began the day by “circling up” and we re-read “A Future Not Our Own: A Prayer of Oscar Romero.”  We had read the poem earlier in the week and a section of the poem had been a recurring theme over the last few days, so it was good to reflect again on this as our week together ended:

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

The participants had asked for more information on how to select and use Throughlines in their planning, so we worked our way through a template to facilitate the process. Then we began reflecting, reflecting and reflecting some more: on the protocols we had modeled and how the participants could use them in their own schools, through the feedback form from EduDeo and finally with an individual reflection on their personal transformation over the last week.  We used the prompt: I used to think/feel …; and now I think/feel….  

  •  “I used to think that TfT can only be used in a school environment.  Now I feel that I will be using TfT at my home, at church, and at my village.  God’s fingerprints are everywhere.”
  • “I used to think that I was supposed to impose God into the Zambian curriculum.  Now I think it is really true that God is already there in the curriculum.  His fingerprints are already there.  I just need to search for His fingerprints and use that in my lessons.”
  • “I used to think that our curriculum has nothing to do with God’s Story of creation, fall, redemption and restoration.  Now I think that education and curriculum are part of the restorative process in God’s Story.”
  • I used to think that TfT would die off sooner or later. But now I see it beginning to bear fruits of transformation. This has started in me.”
  • “I used to think that transforming meant changing other people, not yourself as an individual.  I used to think I could do everything. Now I feel transformation begins with an individual and making sure you use the word of God because he is the Master builder.  I have understood that there is something that I can do.  I am faithfully remembering it’s a seed I’m planting.”
  • “I used to think that TfT was very hard to implement in the classroom situation during the planning of my lessons.  Through this training, I’m transformed. I can now effectively plan my lessons using Throughlines and the Storyline of my schools to achieve my Deep Hope.”
  • “I used to think that TfT was hard to understand and implement. Now I think that TfT is the right way to transform learners in all areas of their learning and once done, our future leaders will be outstanding.
  • “I used to feel that Throughines were an “add on” to the curriculum.  Now I feel that Throughlines are already in the curriculum.  We only need to discover them.”

When looking back over the week, we were very pleased with the evidence of learning, both by the participants and the facilitators! 

 

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