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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


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Read this post below about joining the Team.

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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.

What is the Writing Team?

The Rotation.org Writing Team is a group of volunteer brainstormers and lesson plan writers who work together with our Lead Writer and Team Editor to produce extra-creative Bible story lesson sets for Rotation.org's Supporting Members.

The Team works in a private forum here at Rotation.org, discussing, exchanging, and reacting to each other's ideas and drafts.

The Team's process is guided and designed to educate, challenge, and learn from each other -whether you're new to all this or experienced. It's also an opportunity to work with Neil MacQueen our Lead Writer and learn more about how to interpret Bible stories for kids, creatively brainstorm lesson ideas, and write lesson plans in the Writing Team's creative Rotation style.

No prior Rotation Model experience is required to volunteer, but you will learn about how Rotation Modelers think up ideas and fit them together into lesson plans and sets.

There are several "roles" that volunteers can choose to fill. Each comes with its own time commitment and expectations. Some volunteers take part in more than one role. Some roles require less time or more experience. 

In each role, volunteers will be working with experienced Writing Team members and our Lead Writer, Neil MacQueen.

Team roles include:

  1. Developing the Bible Background: Providing insights and feedback on the lesson set's Bible Background.
  2. Lesson Brainstorming: Coming up with, discussing, and debating various lesson ideas for each workshop (methods, techniques).
  3. Lesson Writers: Working with our Lead Writer the writers turn the Team's best ideas into lesson plans.
  4. Editing: Final editing and proofing.


Brainstormers
are volunteers who are full of ideas, are willing to express them, and are also willing to let them go when a better one comes along. Brainstormers get inspired by other people's ideas and help refine them. Brainstormers may possess skill in certain "workshop" areas (like art or drama), or may simply want to gain skills in brainstorming workshop ideas outside their experience or comfort zone. The Brainstormer's role is intense for about two weeks at the beginning of the set's development, and then takes a break while the lesson writers work their magic.

Joining the Team as a Brainstormer is a great way to get your feet wet. Brainstormers do not necessarily have to turn ideas into lesson plans, but if they get inspired to do so they can decide to become a lesson writer at any time.

The Lesson Writers are considered "writers in training." Each lesson writer takes part in the Team's brainstorming process, then works more closely with the Lead Writer in private discussion to begin drafting lesson plans. This is a great opportunity to learn HOW TO write lesson plans, or improve your lesson planning skills. Lesson writers usually write one workshop lesson plan, and sometimes two if their time permits. Every writer's work is subject to final editing.

Editing and Proofing: The "Lead Editor" is assigned to the Team by the Board of Directors. Volunteer editors work with the Lead Editor to learn and help with the lesson set editing and proofing process. A big part of our editing is improving the clarity, language, and layout of each lesson plan.

Helping with the Bible Background. The Bible Background's head writer is assigned by the Board. Volunteers are invited to help the Background writer with the Background's insights and drafting.  While biblical and theological skills are helpful, some Background volunteers can simply choose to lean on the head writer for those things, and instead, focus on making the Background readable and inspirational for teachers, and life-applicable for children.

In addition to learning from each other and the process, and learning from our Lead Writer and Editors, we have developed a number of articles to help new Team members understand how Neil and past Writing Teams have approached brainstorming, choosing lesson activities, and writing the actual lesson plans.



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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