Grand Haven Christian School



Teaching for Transformation

A teacher addressing the class in a lesson

GHC began incorporating Teaching for Transformation (TfT) in 2018. TfT is a powerful, Biblical teaching and learning framework that further equips our staff with more effective tools. It better integrates faith and learning into our curriculum and encourages the analysis of the effectiveness of current educational practices.

Through TfT, teachers design learning experiences that help students discover God’s story and see His fingerprints in each discipline and subject that is taught. The TfT curriculum planning framework binds together all fields of study and activities with a spiritual model for our students to use, now and beyond graduation. The Biblical-based structure of TfT also helps us to live out our mission of transformation by providing tangible, relatable experiences of what it means to be a disciple, why we have discipleship habits, and how we practice being a disciple.

The 3 Basic Elements of TfT

> Deep Hope

Each teacher develops a deep hope to guide their teaching and classroom learning environment. This is what teachers want their students to remember 60 years from now. 

An example of a deep hope here at GHC is: “My deep hope is that students would learn to see His world, discerning the beauty of created order from the corruption of sin, and as a result becoming equipped as agents of redemptive change.”

> Story Lines

Storylines can be thought of as short “taglines” that simplify the deep hope and engage the students.

An example of a storyline at GHC is: Loved by God and showing His love to others.

> Through Lines

The language we use to connect our learning with our faith. These include: 

All three of the above elements get incorporated into daily learning. Each class is challenged to use these to develop formational learning experiences throughout the year. Formational learning experiences (FLEx) are active ways students take their learning and engage in the world beyond the classroom.

Want to learn more about TfT?  Stop by GHC for a tour and see it in action!

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