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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 detailed 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. After a time, the Board decided that the Team's work 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 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. 

After all the original lesson sets were replaced, in late 2018 we launched a new approach to working with volunteer writers that included more training, and more creative and editorial leadership. Led by Lead Writer Neil MacQueen and an experienced volunteer lesson editor, the Team's goal is to grow great lessons and creative lesson writing skills. Read this post if you're interested in joining the Team.

Access to all the Team's extra-creative lessons (in addition to everything in free public forums) requires 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. (We are 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 other 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.

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 and younger students, and shorter and longer classes.

The WT's target audience is the 2nd-5th grade, but 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, 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 easily 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.

Become a Supporting Member

...and get access to all the Writing Team's lesson sets!

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WTLessonSetSOARWhat we did to replace the Writing Team's original 34 sets

Back in 2015, the Board of Directors undertook a review of the original volunteer Team's lesson sets created in the early 2000's. Simply put, we felt it was time to do it differently and do it better.

After hiring a professional Rotation-style lesson writer to work with us, a Team of volunteers spent the next three years upgrading a few and replacing most of the original team's lesson. The new Team continues working under the auspices of our professional Lead Writer whose job is to organize the team, write the Bible Background, provide guidance, training, and creative inspiration, and work with the Team and individual writers to create terrific lesson plans. This work is overseen by members of the Board of Directors -- several of whom are usually involved in each Team.

We appreciate the work of the original team which involved over 25 different writers over ten years. Their experiment in online lesson collaboration helped make the Team what it is today. 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 at webmaster.rotation@gmail.com.

Overview

The Rotation.org Writing Team is a guided and collaborative process designed to challenge and inspire volunteer writers while producing an extra-creative set of lessons for our Supporting Members. You will work closely with other volunteer writers (some new like you), with Neil MacQueen our Lead Writer, and one or two other wildly creative and experienced members of our Board.

The Team works together in a private online forum at Rotation.org for approximately 8 weeks. After an intense early period of brainstorming, each writer proposes a lesson plan to the Team, and then works with the Lead Writer and Team feedback to turn that proposal into a final draft. Each writer receives as much help as they need with writing, resourcing, detailing, and formatting.

It is extremely important that every writer has the time to regularly post and reply during the 8-week process, which can be almost daily during the first two weeks of brainstorming. As well, writers need to be comfortable critiquing other people's ideas and having their own ideas critiqued. Learning how others think and create, and how one good idea can inspire a better one is a BIG part of the experience.

Formal lesson writing experience is not required, in part, because our process and goals are unique. We will help you with what you don't know, and you will share what you do. Rotation Model experience is great but optional.

Team members typically come from variety of denominations and vary in terms of age and experience. The process is designed to challenge each writer regardless of background or experience, (and sometimes because of it!). Our lesson objectives and theological emphasis is set by the Bible Background.

Additional 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.)
  • The stories are chosen by the Board of Directors. They also commission and approve the Bible Backgrounds and Lesson Objectives which serve as the guide to each Team.
  • 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.
  • The final version of every lesson plan is determined by 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.


Ready to join a Team or want to know more?

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

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About the Writing Team Bible Backgrounds

Each Bible Background is written by our Lead Writer*, then discussed, improved, and approved by our Board of Directors. Each Writing Team also discusses the Bible Background and often their suggestions are included in the final version.

Our Bible Backgrounds are written to inspire volunteer teachers, illuminate key insights, increase their Bible knowledge without being dry and academic, and provide vocabulary and teaching points that can be directly shared in the classroom.

Rotation.org's theological tone and editorial POV is set by the Board of Directors and reflects the Rotation Model's origin and leadership deriving from "mainline" Protestant churches (PCUSA, UMC, ELCA, UCC, etc.). It is a Rotation Model philosophy that creative teaching is non-denominational, and that every church is responsible for adapting lesson content to meet its teaching needs. Our Bible Backgrounds will often reflect a modern understanding of scripture and an inclusive, non-judgmental view of faith that we think is especially appropriate for teaching children.

Our Background are more than "just talk." They actively guide our writers and inform each Team's creative decisions, Indeed, you can often draw a straight line from key concepts in a background to the creative activities found in the lesson plans. 

See our article: "How to Write a Bible Background"

*Currently, our Lead Writer is Neil MacQueen, a Presbyterian minister

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