A few years ago we posted a poll question asking Rotation folks the following question:
"Do you include Jr. Highs in your Rotation Model?"
46% said "YES"
Posted below this post are some of the comments made by members who voted.
Their posts have a number of good insights.
A summary is found immediately below.
This thread was originally part of a larger topic on teens in Rotation. If you want to reopen that topic, please post a message in the Supporting Members Lounge.
Some churches have had success involving 7th and 8th graders in Rotation. Youth like creative learning, and seem to enjoy changing rooms and teachers. But there are challenges (aren't there always with this age group?)
Keys to success include:
1. Your teachers not treating the Jr. Highs like little kids. It has been suggested that in some churches it's a good idea to have a special teacher assigned to rotate with the Jr. Highs, to facilitate and nurture.
2. Having lesson activities/adaptation for the young teens that are sophisticated enough for them.
3. Kids raised with the Workshop Model find it easier to STAY with workshops as Jr. Highs, than do Jr. Highs who are brand new to the Workshop Rotation Model. It's recommended that you "grow into" having Jr. Highs as part of your rotation.
4. Sometime workshops can/should be skipped for the Jr. High group. Depends on the workshop and activity for that story rotation.
5. Making sure your workshop designs/decor are not too "young." 5th graders tolerate "cute" because they are used to seeing it in elementary school. Jr. Highs tend to want to feel 'older'.