The Sparkhouse team developed the Colaborate confirmation curriculum to connect with middle schoolers in challenging and meaningful ways. Some parts were designed specifically for in-person experiences. But many activities in each Colaborate lesson can be used as-is or with slight adaptations to support a remote learning model. Whether you’re using Colaborate for Lutheran, Methodist, or Presbyterian confirmation, or you’ve chosen the Bible Study for your youth, follow these steps to adapt Colaborate to meet your remote learning needs.
Here’s a quick guide to reviewing each lesson for remote learning:
The Leader Prep pages help you prepare for the lesson content and the developmental needs of your students. You could also spend time thinking through what their specific needs may be given the status of their schooling, social lives, and family situations in the past week. Your check-in activity can tap into these needs.
Framing the Problem provides you an icebreaker that may work with adaptations, but consider starting your time with a check-in instead. In this section, youth also read from scripture, look at the first page in their handbooks, and watch the video.
During the Using the Infographic time, you can invite kids to explore parts of the content that are most interesting and helpful to them. Guide them through some of the interactive ways they can go deeper with the text and images on these pages. You might also find that the Want More? options on the bottom of the page give some additional options that work well for remote learning.
Making Meaning provides two activities for youth to make deeper connections: one individual and one group project. Decide which one is the best fit for your students.