The need for teacher training
It cannot be said enough times that Godly Play® and Faith & PlayTM require training. Everything the teachers say and do in the Godly Play® and Faith & PlayTM classroom are for a reason. In each classroom there are two adults: a storyteller and a doorkeeper or doorperson. Each plays a distinct role and fills that roll without speaking with the other person. The focus is always on the children, and when adults confer with one another in front of them it shifts the focus away from the children. For this method to work well in the classroom, teachers need to understand not only what to do and when, but why.
Each teacher must have a comfortable understanding of the philosophy and methodology used in this approach and a working knowledge of various specific classroom management strategies that one only acquires with training. Even experienced public school teachers of young children and experienced storytellers need training for the stories to work as they were intended. Teachers cheat not only children but themselves when they use Faith and Play or Godly Play® prematurely.
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“I had taught on the kindergarten, elementary and college level, and had experience teaching First Day School and leading workshops. I was an experienced teacher. After participating in two or three Godly Play® lessons at an ecumenical teachers’ event, I was deeply moved and inspired by the experience. Feeling I had a good grasp of the concept and an adequate understanding of the basic technique I began experimenting with Godly Play®, even telling the stories in Quaker workshops. It was not until several years later, when I received training and was certified as a Godly Play teacher, that I realized I had not, in fact, adequately understood the hows and whys and whens of Godly Play® during those years of experimentation. Only after that weekend training was I able to write the drafts that, after testing and editing by the working group, became some of the first Faith & PlayTM stories in FGC’s new publication.” Michael Gibson