Tired of the same old assemblies at your school? Chances are the kids are too. Regardless of age, school assemblies should be interesting. It doesn’t matter whether the assembly is to encourage school spirit or to offer instruction. Often, one member or a team of the school’s PTA coordinates with student body and school administration to develop assemblies. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is the first step in developing school assemblies that not only deliver the information or topic under discussion in an interactive way, but those that keep the students interested and engaged.
Developing a theme
School assemblies are called for a number of reasons. Informational assemblies talk about dress or uniform expectations, codes of conduct or safety strategies. Assemblies may also be held to develop and encourage school spirit, while yet others are held to impart education or in-depth information to students. Regardless of the type of assembly, PTA members should identify a theme or topic before planning even begins. This ensures that the assembly will stay on track and remain focused on one idea or concept, rather than several, which often end up dragging on too long and risk becoming boring.
Cater the theme and method of delivery for elementary, middle school and high school levels. In addition, PTA members will find that their messages and assemblies are more successful when delivered in a unique, entertaining, yet effective manner. Studies have shown that one of the most popular methods for imparting such information these days is in skills demonstrations. For example, BMX stunt shows are a perennial favorite at schools across the country, and can be used as a vehicle for bike safety, character development, and discussions about bullying.
The main goal of a school assembly is to capture the student’s attention. Performers and guests such as BMX riders, martial artists, and other active, entertaining, and skill-based talents and activities provide an excellent venue for instructing students of all ages about serious topics.
Strike a balance between entertainment and education. Some of the most popular PTA assembly ideas include:
- Stunt shows (martial artists, BMX stunts, skateboarding stunts, gymnastics, and basketball skills)
- Assemblies that requires interaction between the speaker/s and students, such as requiring the “use” of a student as a volunteer
- Magic shows
- Human board games
- Science shows and experiments
As you can see, a wide variety of ideas is available to PTAs when designing a school assembly. Know your students, pay attention to their interests, and your school assembly is sure to be memorable.
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