Re: Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday School


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Posted by Thomas J. Cook on April 22, 1998 at 09:27:24:

In Reply to: Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday School posted by Carol Szabo on April 14, 1998 at 20:54:26:

: I am interested in hearing from any church who is using the Rotation Model for Sunday School.

Carol--

I remain hopeful that someone will respond more directly to your post, but I will share my limited experience. We use the more traditional class-based approach for Sunday School, but we do use the rotation model for Vacation Bible School. For our five-day school, we rotate every twenty minutes (hectic, but the kids seem to love it) between Bible study, missions, crafts, refreshments/recreation, and music. As you say, it seems to be well received by pupils and teachers.
Pros:
- Movement keeps kids involved and alert
- Addresses various learning styles (as you point out)
- Easier for teachers to prepare/deliver content
- Atmosphere of excitement, enthusiasm, action
Cons:
- Need to keep unifying theme. Our curriculum supports this with each area supporting the Bible story for the day; sounds like you do the same. This allows each segment to support each other and keeps the Bible central.
- Relationships. This is at least 50% of Sunday School (and VBS). The kids will respond well to the activities, but it is the caring relationships with the teachers that last forever. We address this by having the Bible study segment teachers (the "home room teachers") stay with their group all day (although responsible for content only for the first segment). This provides the opportunity for stronger bonding and getting to know one another.
Can you share what curriculum you use to support this approach? Sounds interesting.

Tom Cook



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