Now that the school year is almost half over, it's time to start thinking about those end-of-year assemblies. Those wonderful activities that students tend to love, and teachers tend to loathe. The ironic thing is that the students and the teachers share a common reason for their feelings regarding assemblies; they cut into instructional time. If you're planning end-of-year assemblies, do your best to make sure they're as stress-free as possible. Here are four steps you can take to make sure your school assemblies go off without a hitch.
Choose the Right Space
When it comes to planning assemblies, it can be tempting to gear everything towards the gym. Unfortunately, the gym isn't always the best place to hold an assembly, especially if it's going to be for smaller groups. If your assemblies are going to be for the entire school, at the same time, go ahead and plan it for the gym. However, if you're going to be conducting the assembly according to grade levels, consider moving to a smaller area, such as the library. Many times, students behave better in smaller groups, located in smaller rooms.
Keep the Custodian in the Loop
If you're planning an assembly, there's one person that you've got to keep in the loop, and that's the custodian. Your custodian is the bottom line for all things set-up and tear-down related. The last thing you want is to have an irate custodian because you didn't let them know that there was an assembly planned, and they've already started setting up for something else. Keep your custodian happy, and eager to help, by ensuring their position in the loop of information.
Make Them Age-Appropriate
When it comes to elementary school assemblies, it's not always easy to gear one assembly towards all the varying age groups. If you're planning an assembly for all age-groups in school, make sure that each performance is age-appropriate. That may mean that you have several performances throughout the day, with each one altered enough to be appropriate for the group that will be attending. Not only will your students enjoy the assembly more, but they'll also learn more from the experience.
Allow for an Extended Learning Opportunity
One of the problems with assemblies is that the learning often ends as soon as the students leave the room. However, when teachers are given advance knowledge of the assembly, and what it will cover, they can be prepared with additional learning opportunities once the assembly is over. This is a great way to help kids continue the learning experience throughout the day, rather than having it end at the gym doors.
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