Student/NQT guide to… Class assemblies
23 February 2008Add to My Folder
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Your star performer is ill and little Billy doesn’t want to play the goat – assemblies are anything but easy. Avoid public humiliation with our handy guide
Assemblies are great fun to watch and children seem to enjoy being in them, but for a first-time teacher, putting on a class assembly can be an ordeal akin to walking on hot coals. I’ve been there, done it. So, here are the fruits of my fire-walking labours.
The harsh reality
Assemblies can be an ordeal for several reasons:
- Firstly, you usually get about three days notice as no one has even told you about the special Assembly Calendar on the wall of the staffroom behind the coats.
- Secondly, you always plan something that sounds excellent at four o’clock in the morning, but in reality – once you’re faced with 30 over-eager children at registration – you realise it’s impossible to execute without a supporting team of supervisors and plenty of aspirin.
- Thirdly, if you’re unlucky like me, you’ll find that your class’ assembly will nearly always follow on the heels of Miss X’s BAFTA award-winning extravaganza the week before.
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