What is The Workshop Rotation Model?
The Workshop Rotation Model (WRM or WoRM) is based on the multi-
The idea of WRM, then, is to teach the Bible stories in a way that encompasses all the of the 8 intelligences. One way that is done is by teaching 1 Bible story over the course of 3 or 4 weeks.
At R4, we call this period of time that it takes to teach one story a session. A
WRM school year is typically made up of 10 Sessions. In other words, during the
school year, we teach 10 stories (see a Sample Schedule by clicking HERE). Each
year, a different set of 10 stories is taught. After 5 years, the lessons repeat
themselves. We recommend a grade range of K-
The classrooms (or workshops) function differently in the Workshop Rotation Model.
If you think about what a workshop is, you might think of a space that is dedicated
for a certain type of work. That's how the classrooms work in WRM. Each classroom
is dedicated to teaching a certain type of class that addresses a certain grouping
of intelligences. The set-
The R4 WRM lessons use four classrooms: Arts & Crafts, Movement & Games, Science
and Storytelling. For a more in-
One weakness of the WRM is that because the teachers stay with the classrooms (instead of with the students), the teachers don't get to know the children very well. There are two known ways to address this shortcoming. The first way is with the “shepherd.” The shepherd is an adult who rotates with the class every week. This adult gets to know the children’s names and personalities and also provides a helping hand to the teacher. To further help the shepherd and the teacher get to know the kids, we’ve also created a “Question of the Week” that the shepherd asks the students at the start of each class. The question is a personal question, but is also relevant to the story they are learning for that session. To help the kids think about the question ahead of time, we suggest the CE director or Superintendent send out a "Question of the Week" email to all the parents who have children in the WRM.
The Workshop Rotation Model is an engaging and energetic learning endeavor. However, no matter how effective, it is imperative to remember that Christian Education is supplemental. Christian Education can only support and strengthen what parents are teaching and demonstrating at home. Discipleship is a daily, hourly practice. Christian Education can enhance, hone, and intensify Christian practices, but it can never, ever be a replacement for it.