Reply to "Process of designing your own curriculum"

I'll echo the comments of most people on this topic -- it really depends on your individual church -- one of the great blessings of Rotation!

Here's how we do it:
We have a Curriculum Design Team consisting of 7 people (one person per workshop). (This also includes an elementary teacher and I have taken classes in Christian Education and am awaiting my final approval as a certified Christian educator). Our pastors are available on a consultant type basis for any theological questions. We meet monthly. I am the elementary coordinator (volunteer). We have a six year scope and sequence which we developed after our first full year of rotation. We do continue to tweak it also though. Before our meeting I research the story, write the Background information, based on my research, develop some draft objectives, and a possible Memory verse. I actually try to get this together about 1 week before our meeting and email it to everyone so they have a chance to read it before our meeting. I also review all of our old files containing old curriculum (a VERY good suggestion to pull apart your old curriculum and VBS -- we too, never threw anything out!) and file it according to story. I copy any ideas for the individual workshops and download information from this site and copy the specific workshop ideas. Each person on our Dream team gets the corresponding packet of information for his/her individual workshop along with the background information and overview. We meet over dinner, discuss the overall stuff that is going on, then review the story and brainstorm different ideas. We finalize the objectives and memory verse at the meeting. They take their ideas and our discussion and write a lesson. They each are assigned partners. Each person e-mails his/her lesson to a partner for proofing and to make sure that all ideas/activities are clearly explained. they then email me the proofed lesson and I do the final edit, make copies and make out the schedule. Oh, our Dream team also recruits the teacher for their workshops! This works very well for us. It is a great deal of work for me, but I enjoy it because I have learned so much through the study and the writing process. When we started out, I pulled together the entire rotation, but within about 6 months we developed our team. Our lessons are much better since we have gone to a team approach (more people=more ideas!). We use a lesson plan template that we developed. I basically looked at everything available on the web and purchased and cut and pasted to get what we liked best. Once the team has this in their computers, it's easy to just cut and paste for each new lesson. We continually tweak our template and process in an attempt to improve. If you search this site for lessons posted by myself Jaymie Derden, you can see some of our lessons (although they are our earlier ones -- so not AS good as what we are doing now!)

Jaymie


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