10 Tips For A Successful School Assembly
As a teacher, principal, librarian, or staff member, you want the best for your students. That means an assembly show that’s not only educational, but fun and engaging so the lessons stick long after students have returned to the classroom.
With plenty of options to choose from when it comes to presentations and subject matter, it can be tough to pick just one. BEFORE YOU DECIDE, ask yourself these questions and give yourself the best chance at success.
Make sure your assembly meets all the criteria. If it doesn’t, choose differently.
Is the Assembly Hands On? Is it Interactive? – Students learn the most with hands-on experience. Too many assembly presenters teach by lecture or by show. Many kids don’t have the opportunity to learn by experience. Find an assembly show presenter that embraces audience involvement.
Will Your Students Learn in a Fun & Engaging Way? Principals and teachers want the assembly to educate in ways that are different and unique. STUDENTS WANT TO HAVE FUN! Ask yourself: “Why is this assembly different than what students are used to in their day-to-day classroom routine?” Does the assembly teach concepts in a unique and engaging way? Are the students learning without even know it?
Is the Assembly Age-Appropriate? – Some assemblies are only for High-Schoolers. Some are tailored for Elementary age students. But even in Elementary Schools, there’s a huge difference between a Kindergartener and a 6th grader. The 5-year-old mind understands very differently than the 12-year-old. Is the assembly for all ages, or are there two separate assemblies? Some assemblies work for all ages. Some don’t. Read through the assembly’s entire webpage. You’ll find lots of clues there.
Does the Assembly Have Something DIFFERENT Than Your Other Options? – Each assembly is different. If you’ve done any research at all, you know that already. You want something that the students will remember. Concepts they’ll take home with them. How is the one YOU CHOOSE different than the rest?
Are there Real Testimonials Clearly Posted on the Website? – Testimonials are simply what other people say about the assembly, their thoughts on the performance. All good assemblies have good testimonials. Make sure they’re on the site. If not, ask for them. If the performer is unable to produce any, that’s an indication that he/she is not a serious performer.
Does the Assembly Come with Follow-Up Material for the Teachers to Review After the Assembly? – Any good teacher should follow up on the core ideas of the assembly. A 45 minute assembly can not change lives! But with the help of teachers and faculty, there’s no end to the change it can make.
Is the Assembly with the Lowest Price Your Best Option? – Maybe, maybe not. Just because one assembly is three hundred dollars and another is six hundred dollars, does not mean that you get a better deal with the cheaper assembly. There is a saying; you get what you pay for. By choosing the cheaper one, that’s exactly what you’re getting, a lower quality assembly. Someone who is potentially less professional and less experienced. It’s always better to pay a little more and be completely satisfied, instead of paying less and being disappointed. Do the research.
Is the Assembly Backed-Up by a Guarantee? – Most assemblies have no guarantee. So, if you get a lousy assembly, you’re stuck with it. The main reason performers don’t guarantee their assembly is because they don’t think they can live up to it. Any assembly that has a guarantee is a top-notch, quality assembly!
Does the Assembly Come with Promotional Material for Your School’s Website and Social Media? – The students need to get excited about the upcoming assembly. With the advent of Websites, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms, schools are promoting events in very different ways. The days of posters plastered around the school are gone (ok, maybe if kids are in school). Does the assembly supply you with digital graphics you can put on your platforms? If not, they should.
Do Your Students Get Something to Take Home With Them? – Can they take the assembly home? No. BUT… They can have a souvenir that reminds them, every day, what a great time they had and how much they learned. Make sure the assembly comes with follow-up material for your students. Something FUN they can take home and use over and over again. The key words here are, once again, Fun & Engaging!
By getting the answers to these questions, you can make an informed, intelligent decision. If you want any old assembly, with a low-quality service, there are plenty of them. But, if you desire a quality assembly that offers unique educational content, that is fun, unforgettable and will make you look great, then take a look at one of The Best Assemblies in the country.