How To Conduct A School Assembly
A morning assembly is one of the most vital programs in any school's schedule. Almost all schooling institutions have morning assembly sessions that involve different activities depending on the type of school or institution. Some common practices during assemblies include: reciting the national anthem, inspirational and motivational messages, prayers, and announcements of the latest happenings in the school. A good school is very particular and strict with its morning assembly routine. However, some students, parents, and staff feel that school assemblies waste energy and precious time, which is scarce in learning institutions. It is common to find students and teachers skipping morning assemblies and prefer to spend the time doing other extra-curricular activities.
Below are the benefits of morning assemblies to students, teachers, and other staff in the school.
1 - A sense of unity and togetherness.
During a school assembly session, pupils in that school stand at the same position as a part of the organization regardless of their sex, religion, culture, and age. Teachers also attend the assembly and are involved as one team and part and parcel of the school. The sense of togetherness lingers forever in the attendees of the morning assembly and hence a happy society/school. This act brings about a feeling of unity and togetherness.
2 - A Better understanding of the school's policies
The staff, students, and teachers get a chance to know more about the school, its policies, upcoming events, and other announcements during the assembly. It is because of the discussions held at the school assembly by the students and teachers.
3 - Build Confidence.
School morning assemblies consist of sessions of thoughts delivering and news reporting. In many schools, volunteers are asked to read the skits or deliver the reports. These small acts build the students' confidence preparing them for life outside school. Students are also made to feel part and parcel of the school by the minor yet significant involvement during the morning assemblies.
4 - Reward top performers and encourage students.
The best place to reward and motivate top performers in a school is during the morning assembly. It may be in extra-curricular or academics. When people are awarded in front of their colleagues, they feel motivated, and it also acts as a wake-up call to the underperformers.
5 - Understanding the activities that are happening and a place to solve issues.
Morning assemblies are an excellent way to talk about the school's problems and how they can solve them. These sessions can also help students develop a better understanding of behaving themselves and how to relate with one another.
How To Conduct A Successful Morning Assembly:
It can be hard to hold the attention of students during school assemblies. This is why it’s essential to prepare for and improve your public speaking skills.
1 - Clearly outline issues and announcements that will be delivered.
Make sure that the assembly is focused on the topics that are most important to the students. If it is a daily assembly, make sure that everyone recites the Pledge of Allegiance, among other activities.
The student's daily agenda are essential items, such as birthday parties, lunch menu, after-school activities, sports, and more.
2 - Consult other staff who may have things to put across during the assembly.
If the announcement is to a specific faculty, ensure that the appropriate faculty members answer any students' queries. If it entails a field trip, the teacher responsible should be ready to issue the trip slips after the assembly.
3 - Prepare any visual, audio, or technical equipment beforehand.
Set up all equipment, including a display, speakers, and microphone that you may need. Students tend to be talkative and unsettled; hence a microphone and speaker may come in handy.
If you intend to show any media or videos, ensure the files are well arranged to avoid wasting time and making the student feel bored.
How To Run An Assembly:
1 - Arrive Early.
Ensure you arrive earlier than the students at the assembly arena to capture their attention as soon as they arrive. The students should find you ready at the podium with a ready copy of all the agendas and issues to be addressed.
If there will be handouts issued out, ensure they will be enough and have a team ready to help with the distribution.
2 - Ask other teachers to keep an eye on restless pupils.
Restless pupils can distract other students hence preventing them from concentrating. To prevent this, have other teachers on the lookout. Another effective trick is having some staff stand or sit amongst the students, preventing them from being disruptive.
3 - Follow your agendas and avoid distractions.
It can be challenging for children in this age group to focus on essential details, so take caution while making fun announcements. Also, please do not allow them to get distracted by making fun of everything they do.
Questions should be handled at the end of the assembly session to avoid distracting other agendas. It is appropriate to have a student's office drop their questions and concerns to prevent using assembly time as a question and answer session.
4 - Be loud, energetic, and positive.
Students respond well to energy and positive reinforcement. Make it a habit to reward pupils to encourage good traits and behaviors. Address the students with a smile and a welcoming approach. It will make them listen keenly and respectfully.
5 - Make Assemblies Fun and Involving.
(a) The assembly period should be short and precise. Students have short concentration spans and get bored quickly. To avoid this, ensure the assembly takes about 30-45 minutes to have their full attention.
(b) Encourage performances, participation, and demonstrations.
Let the students display a skill or talent to keep the assembly fun. Doing so can motivate them and make them feel good about themselves.
If a class participates in a school play, you could enable the actors to perform a scene. Alternatively, you could allow the students to present the award.
(c) Have different themes for the assemblies.
Themes can help students retain information and stay interested in what is happening in school.
(d) Have rituals and routines pupils can easily follow.
It is hard for young students to maintain a consistent schedule. Instead, try incorporating daily fun rituals to prevent boredom. Also, the assembly should follow an easy and strict pattern for it to run smoothly.
The students should be made aware of the days when the assembly will be held to give them enough time to plan accordingly.