A New Model for Sunday School
by Melissa Hansche and Neil MacQueen
This is the book from the original authors of the Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday School.
The Workshop Rotation Model re-organizes how we assign teachers and move students in Sunday School, and how long we spend on each story. It addresses the importance of creative teaching methods, makes biblical literacy a goal, and recognizes that our volunteer teachers don’t always prepare as much as we would like them to. Mostly importantly, the Rotation Model aims to make Sunday School ATTRACTIVE (because you can’t teach a kid who isn’t there, or doesn’t want to come back).
See a brief description of the Model below!
WHY get this book?
In addition to describing the Model itself, we tell you the story of how we went about addressing people’s concerns about changing Sunday School.
Workshop Rotation -the book
$16 each for two or more copies.
What is the Workshop Rotation Model?
Glad you asked!
multiple learning styles-informed approach to organizing and teaching Sunday School,
or Summer Sunday School,
or Wednesday evening programs, or even a VBS,
-that BANISHES BORING CLASSROOMS
The Workshop Rotation Model in a nutshell:
Grade Level classrooms are turned into four or five creative “workshops” (Video, Drama, Art, Game, Computer) which your grade groups rotate into each week, -one workshop per week. However, the teachers stay-put in the workshop of their choice. The same Bible story is taught for about four weeks in each workshop, so that the kids learn it through four different creative mediums and teachers.
Rotation doesn’t necessarily require the purchase of printed curriculum, AND can include a computer workshop. In fact, it was the Rotation Model that gave RISE to the computer lab movement. (btw…Thousands of free Rotation-style lessons can be printed from www.rotation.org).
Workshop Rotation is the model that TIME magazine called
“one of the most popular innovations in Sunday School.”
(December 16, 2002 issue)
Several major denominations now publish Rotation Model curriculum, including the UMPH, PCUSA, and AUGSBURG. The Workshop Rotation Model gave birth to the regular use of computers in Sunday School. While usable in any type of Sunday School or program, computers in CE fit extremely well into the Rotation Model’s organization where teachers stay put with the medium and lesson plan, while students rotate to a different class/workshop each week. That said, you don’t need to do Rotation to do computers in CE.
The Workshop Rotation BOOK is designed to introduce you and your teachers to the Model as a response to their needs and hopes.
Bible Computer Workshop
The model is on the loose in thousands of ELCA, UMC, UCC, Christian (Disciples), Baptist, Evangelical, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches across North America ~and is spreading to many other denominations and countries across the world.