I’m reading Rob Bell’s “Velvet Elvis” for a third or fourth time. As he’s explaining his trampoline metaphor in which the doctrines of faith are flexible & necessary, but not the point (as opposed to a brick wall in which one doctrine, or brick, can bring it all down), I found myself thinking about my experiences learning to teach & the experiences of the preservice teachers with which I work.
In one section, Bell notes that joining a religion is too often about knowing the right things. These pieces of knowledge are used to construct your wall. Yet, we can know/say all the right things with little impact on our hearts. However, in his trampoline model, the point is to jump. To jump into the unknown. To live.
So, as new teachers develop, I wonder if we give them bricks (in the form of templates & must do strategies) instead of springs. I wonder if we try to keep them behind the wall instead of encouraging them to jump.
What does it look like to encourage a new (or a veteran teacher) teacher to jump? What do they need to know about the springs in order to jump?