Assemblies are a non-classroom oriented way of educating children. With the right idea, they can be enjoyable and educational for students. Assemblies can be linked to subjects, themes, events, people and/or school activities. Sometimes teachers can develop assemblies and schools can rotate the responsibility among different teachers. Assemblies can also be opportunities to bring in outside groups to put on presentations for the school.
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Events offer year-round assembly ideas. The events can be related to holidays and celebrations or global events such as the Olympics. Assemblies based on holidays are a useful way to acquaint students with lesser-known faiths that their classmates might have, such as Islam or Hinduism. They are also useful ways to celebrate secular holidays in the school, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Labor Day. Students can explore these events through songs, speeches and re-enactments.
Subject Related Assemblies
Science assemblies can be opportunities for teachers to present large, interactive science lessons that would not be cost-justified for one class. For example, the school could invite the Bodies Exhibition and discuss the different body systems. Educators can hold science demonstrations that are usually seen in museum assemblies, such as experiments with lights, helium and/or fire. Other assembly ideas include history presentations or documentary showings.
An anti-drug assembly is an idea that is useful for all grades, especially middle and high school. One of the best ways for students to understand the hard consequences of drug use is to show them the debilitating effects of drugs. For example, there are many speakers the school can bring in who are now handicapped because of drug use, such as a man who is now a paraplegic because he got into a car accident while high.
Many schools will have entertainment assemblies that are not directly educational but introduce students to different areas of the arts, such as ballet or theatre. A local dance company could put on a production. Another idea is to hire a motivational speaker. In terms of entertainment ideas, schools should focus on featuring local acts. This is so students will become aware of the extra-curricular activities available to them in the community.
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