Teaching for Transformation
The Teaching for Transformation Through-lines as developed by the Prairie Centre for Christian Education (PCCE) region provides a framework for the development of authentic and integral Christian learning experiences that are grounded in a transformational worldview with a focus on the Biblical story.
Teaching for Transformation helps teachers develop a foundational understanding for the topics that they teach and help them truly teach for transformation. As well, the Biblical Throughlines challenge students to see, understand and practice the discipleship attributes they need to truly be Kingdom builders.
PCCE schools have been actively developing units using the Teaching for Transformation model. While teachers have been working hard to develop and post these units they often require additional work before posting on the Teaching for Transformation website.
What are *Through-lines
Through-lines are Big Picture ideas around which curriculum is developed.. Through-lines are qualities/ characteristics that we desire students to develop as God is revealed to them in all things. They are discipleship concepts that guide our living. These characteristics describe how we can become part of the restoration of creation. They answer “How NOW shall I live?” Through-lines weave the big ideas into a transformational worldview.
The Importance of Through-lines
Through-lines hold the unit together. Biblical Through-lines become the “thematic Velcro” that connect and organize the many facts, skills, and experiences from each unit and subject together. For example, after a study of Canada’s immigration policies, students might be very knowledgeable about immigration laws and know facts about immigration history. However, if this is where learning stops, it is inadequate because it is lacking “thematic Velcro” and does not address the question “How now shall I live?” The learning would consist of forgettable facts or meaningless knowledge and not necessarily relate to real people or situations in the student’s own community. Conversely, if the learning is thematically ”Velcro-ed” to the Biblical Through-lines of Justice-seeking and Community-building, it is hoped that the learning will be formational rather than just informational.