Rotational Bible Study

July 2, 2015

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The Workshop Rotation Model was designed to combat boring and beige Sunday School, prevent teacher fatigue, address teacher preparation problems, and promote both attendance and Bible literacy.
  • Re-organize your classrooms into 4 or 5 creative "workshops", including: Art, Drama, Games, Computer, Video and more. You choose.

  • Rotate your grades into a new workshop each week.

  • All the workshops teach the same Bible story for a 4 to 6 week "rotation," --each with its own unique workshop medium and teacher.

  • Teachers stay put in the workshop of their choice, --teaching the same lesson each week to a new group, and getting better at it each week.

The Results: 
  • The story gets explored and learned in-depth through a variety of creative teaching mediums over a period of 4 to 5 weeks.
  • Kids anticipate each new workshop's experience while deepening their lesson memory without getting bored by covering the same content.
  • The teachers ]don't have to plan a new lesson each week. Instead, they plan once, age-adjust each week, and get better and more creative as the weeks pass in the workshop of their choice & preferred teaching style.
  • Creative workshop design and creative lessons are easier to plan and pull off because the lesson gets taught for weeks in a row rather than "one and done". This slower pace of lesson turnover allows for greater creativity, is more teacher friendly, and benefits the kids.
  • All your elementary grades are focusing on the same story during the rotation period, which allows your gathering time, music, children's sermons, and decor themes to focus on that ONE story, and siblings to share their learning experiences at home.
  • Classrooms get a much needed creative "workshop inspired" makeover that exictes the congregation and parents.
For these reasons and by the grace of God, the Rotation Model and continue to grow and evolve. Learn more about the Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday School Example of a typical four week rotation for 3 different grade groups. 
Week 1 Grades K-1 Grades 2-4 Grades 5-6 Open
Week 2 Open Grades K-1 Grades 2-4 Grades 5-6
Week 3 Grades 5-6 Open Grades K-1 Grades 2-4
Week 4 Grades 2-4 Grades 5-6 Open Grades K-1
You can have additional grade groups by adding additional workshops, such as, Computer, Cooking, and Storytelling. You can let the Preschool or teens use the "open" workshop slots.
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