A Primer For PTO and PTA Representatives on Painlessly Scheduling School Assembly Programs

If you are charged with arranging assembly programs, enrichment programs, cultural arts (or whatever your school likes to call them) for your school, and you are new or just looking for a new idea or two, it can be a daunting task. Assembly programs play an important role in our educational system but you do not want to take students out of class without a very worthwhile reason.

I scheduled programs for my school for many years, and I had a great time seeing how those shows touched the imaginations of the students and inspired them to learn. If you have the same responsibility I think you will find it very rewarding! However, in the beginning it can be an intimidating prospect.

Thankfully, there are many types of programs and many different presenters available! In fact, part of the problem is the great variety available. How do you choose?

Today schools are under great pressure to make sure students score well on standardized testing. Though it is fun to bring in a purely entertaining program like a clown or a juggler, it is far more beneficial to the growth of your kids to bring in something which is also educational and which will augment and contribute to the educational process. Thankfully, today it does not have to be a choice between education and entertainment. You can have both! There are now a large variety of very entertaining programs available which are designed to support one or more areas of core educational content.

Here are a few ideas for types of educational school assemblies:

– Science Assembly Programs (Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy etc.)
– Natural Science/ Live Animal Assembly Programs
– History Assembly Programs (Lincoln, Washington, Ben Franklin etc.)
– Writing Programs and/or visits from Authors
– “Character Counts” Assembly Programs
– Anti-Bullying Assembly Programs
– Self-Esteem and Motivational Assembly Programs
– Fine Arts / Ballet, Music, Opera
– Children’s Theatre

There are others of course but these are the assembly types most commonly found.

Before you https://itrainkids.vn/khoa-hoc-lap-trinh-scratch-cho-tre-tai-tphcm/ begin you will want to know what the school has had in the past, and how it was received. Ask if there is a record of individuals and companies that the school has worked with before. Though it is tempting to bring back a popular program every year, it is usually a mistake. Familiarity breeds contempt! If a well-liked presenter has another program to offer, try that, but it is advisable to avoid having the students watch the same program twice. If you really do want to bring back something popular I would advise waiting at least three years in between. Working with a company that offers many different programs is one way to ensure quality while allowing for variety. Large companies will also keep a record of what your school has seen before and so aid in insuring that you do not inadvertently reschedule a program too soon.