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About The Rotation.org "Writing Team"

WT-Logo1-180In addition to the thousands of publicly available lessons, ideas, and lesson sets contributed by volunteers, for many years we've had a group of writers working together to produce exceptionally creative and details lesson sets. 

We call them "The Writing Team." 

The Team's History and Exciting Future

From 2004 to 2013, a group of volunteer writers here at Rotation.org produced over 250 Rotation-style creative lessons. When those lessons became accessible to only our Supporting Members, the Board decided they needed to be improved. Thus, from 2015-2018, every set was revised/replaced by a team led by Neil MacQueen, our paid Lead Writer, and a Luanne Payne our volunteer editor-extraordinaire.  Their goal was to achieve a higher standard of creativity and detail, add more age-appropriate adjustments, and incorporate new teaching techniques and tips.  See the Writing Team lesson menu. 

In late 2018, we launched The 'New' Writing Team to begin writing new sets on new stories with a  training-infused, collaborative, and creative process led by our Lead Writer, Neil MacQueen. The rotating membership of our Team includes creative volunteers drawn from our community and members of our Board.   Read this post if you're interested in joining the Team.

Access to all the Team's extra-creative lessons, which are in addition to everythign in free public forums, require a Supporting Membership ($45).  Become a Supporting Member now.

Read: An Interview with the Writing Team Renovation Project's Lead Writer 

WT lesson plans are not "quickie story and craft" lessons for little kids.

WT lesson plans feature real art, do-able drama, learning games, use of new media and new techniques, and being choosy about the videos we use. Each set includes lessons that explore new techniques. And each lesson has a level of detail, options, how-to, and "why-to" heretofore unseen in any curriculum.

Each WT lesson set includes 6 to 7 different workshop-style lessons to choose from (art, drama, video, music, games, cooking, computer, etc), plus a teacher-friendly Bible Background and lesson summaries. (The summaries are open to the public.)

WT lessons emphasize creativity and life application.  Using our lessons, teachers will learn new techniques and get to the heart of the matter with their students. 

Most WT lessons are designed for 35-45 minute class times, with adaptations for older, younger, shorter, and longer classes.

The WT's target audience is the 2nd-5th grade, and each lesson comes with younger children adaptations. This follows a long-held Rotation point of view that it's easier to adapt a lesson "down" to younger kids than it is to figure out how to take a little kid's lesson and adapt it "up" for older kids.

 Many of the WT's lessons are also easily adaptable for younger youth and intergenerational use.

While the lessons are primarily designed for Rotation-style workshop classrooms, those of our members using the traditional model (new story each week) also find our "WT" sets a great source of inspiration.

The Team's theological perspective is mainline, our writers are experienced Christian educators and teachers, and our process is collaborative and peer-reviewed. And of course, every lesson can be modified because it is digital, not ink on paper.

WT Bible Story Scope and Sequence

The WT is working through a list of  "major" Bible stories. Eventually, every major story will have a set by the WT, in addition to the PUBLIC lesson ideas and lesson plans others have contributed. "Major" rather than "minor" is a Rotation Model philosophy that also includes spending several weeks in a row on each story, not just one.

Want to see what a Writing Team lesson set looks like?

We've given everyone access to all the lessons in the Writing Team's 

Jesus is Born! lesson set


Join the Team!

Read this post below about joining the Team.



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WT-SoarWhat we did to Replace the original WT's Lesson Sets

Back in 2015, the Board of Directors undertook a review of the original Team's work and decided it was time to do better.

After hiring a professional Rotation-style lesson writer to work with us, a Team of volunteers spent the next three years upgrading or replacing the original team's work. The new Team continues working under the auspices of our professional Lead Writer whose job is to organize the team, provide guidance and training, maintain standards, and improve the final drafts from our volunteers. This work is overseen by members of the Board of Directors.

Here's what we did with the original WT sets:

  • Every lesson was either rewritten or replaced using our new higher standard of creativity and teacher-helpful detail.
  • We introduce new resources and new ways to teach in each workshop. 
  • We made sure lessons appeal to our older kids in grades 3-5, with plenty of "age-appropriate" adaptations for younger students, and those with shorter class times.
  • We added more instructions, "say this," and explanations for those teachers who need extra help or options.
  • We re-wrote all the Bible Backgrounds with classroom-ready, teacher-friendly language and insights. Less "academic," they are more understandable to the average volunteer and written to be more inspirational.
  • We added more "in-lesson" explanations of key points and reasons why we are doing things a certain way.
  • We made sure each lesson follows the set's teaching objectives, and that activities strongly relate to the teaching points and aren't just tangential.
  • We added extra special lessons in each Lesson Set for those who want a "bigger splash."


We certainly appreciate the work of the original team which involved over 25 different writers over ten years. But one of the philosophies of the Rotation Model and strengths of being a web-enabled ministry is that WE CAN and SHOULD CHANGE and IMPROVE. And so we have.


Read: An Interview with the Writing Team Renovation Project's Lead Writer

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Want to Join the Writing Team?

 Read the following, then email Neil, the Writing Team's Lead Writer.

In brief...

The Rotation.org Writing Team is a guided and collaborative process designed to train and inspire volunteer writers while producing new, extra-creative sets of lessons for our Supporting Members.

Teaching experience is necessary, lesson writing experience will be provided.

Working together, Team members learn from each other and the Lead Writer how to approach teaching a Bible story, brainstorm creative ideas using a variety of teaching techniques, and turn them into activities and lesson plans.

Throughout the Team process, volunteers are guided by our Lead Writer and have the help and feedback of other Team members, including an Editor and a Resource person.

The Team works together in a private forum online. 

Here are the details...

  • We typically form three Teams a year (Mid-Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Fall) and would be asking you to join one of those Teams. (See the a typical schedule at the end of this post.)
  • Each Team consists of three to four volunteer writers, a Lead Writer, an Editor, and a Team Resource Person. Currently, our Lead Writer is Neil MacQueen.
  • A typical team has volunteers of varying backgrounds and levels of experience. No prior "lesson writing" experience is needed, just a creative openness and willingness to learn.
  • The Team typically works over an eight week period.
  • Our Team process provides training, guidance, and support to every volunteer writer at every stage of the lesson development process. 
  • After several weeks of group brainstorming, each volunteer writer is asked to accept a lesson writing assignment. Working with the Lead Writer, each writer turns the Team's brainstorming into a detailed lesson. Each writer is also asked to act as a resource to another writer's lesson --providing feedback and resourcing.
  • The final version of every lesson plan is up to the Lead Writer and Editor.
  • Once you've successfully written for the Team, you are invited to join future Teams. You may also be invited to help with smaller, shorter, and "less-trainy" Writing Team projects scheduled on occasion by our Lead Writer.


Non-Rotation Model Writers Welcome!

We recognize that not everyone can use the Rotation Model. We also recognize that half of those using our Writing Team lesson sets are in traditional programs. By joining a Writing Team, you will be exposed to some of the Rotation Model's philosophies about lessons, techniques, and lesson set organization, and you'll be writing lessons that can be used in all types of Sunday Schools.


A Few Details About the Team's Schedule

  1. Each Team signs on for an 8 week period. The first four weeks are the busiest as we post back and forth to each other in our private forums. 

  2. The first week in this timeline is "reading" week. We have created a number of documents for you to read. They include "how the Team works" and what you are committing yourself to. A Bible Background for the lesson set will be presented for your feedback and to prime your pondering.  We also have training documents that help you with brainstorming and how to write a lesson in the Team's "workshop style."

  3. The Team process starts with two weeks of collaborative brainstorming. This is an almost daily back-and-forth between all Team members. This process is guided by the Lead Writer and culminates in writing assignments. 

  4. Next, you'll have up to three weeks to write your lesson plan. You'll work closely with the Lead Writer and have the services of our Resource Person to help you think through activities and supplies. You'll post a draft for other members of the Team to comment on.

  5. After everyone's final lesson drafts are submitted, they go through a two-week refining and editing process before going *Live* at our site. 


Required Experience:

No prior Rotation or lesson writing experience is required.  We believe that some of the best writers just haven't had the opportunity or training to become one yet. We also believe that academic or staff experience is not always the best indicator of who can write creative lessons or work in a collaborative environment.

Here's what we DO require:

  • Sunday School teaching experience
  • Can write coherent sentences
  • Can think creatively and are open to new ideas
  • Will not be offended if their ideas may end up modified or unused
  • Can work well with others online in a timely manner
  • Takes part in all phases of the Team process
  • Is willing to follow directions
  • Have been a registered or supporting member for more than a year


Ready to join a Team or want to know more?

 
Email Neil MacQueen at webmaster.rotation@gmail.com.

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