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School Assembly

You’ve been there, right on the side of the assembly hall watching over your class like a hawk. It’s enough to induce at least a yawn but you cover it as a cough so the kids don’t see. They are not a perceptive as people give them credit for. In fact I think it’s just that you have a pair of eyes on you at all times and what they see spreads like wild fire. ‘Look, look, Mr F is yawning, he must be bored. Hey Mr F, are you tired? Didn’t you have your morning coffee again?’ Woops, I got off the point.

So there you are sitting in assembly bored. Not another boring ‘rap’ about particles and a play about the chicken and the hen. It ends, you clap (half) heartedly and then move out to break. All part and parcel as a daily supply teacher.

Your turn

As you start to impress a school and pick up more days, those ‘more’ days become a week, then two then before you know it you are the official assembly teacher. The other teachers have picked up on your history with music or dance and they are more than happy to have you do all the hard work, yelling, organising, yelling again and finally putting on the show. What a mess. A fun mess though.

The first show is coming up, your big plans have all but fallen apart or some kid has stolen them, put them in a school bin and lit it on fire (just kidding). It's when you are at the back of the assembly, watching all your hard work, watching it look a little messy when you look around and notice that all the other teachers are ‘coughing’ and a kid next them is asking, not so subtly, it they got enough sleep the night before.

Another Perspective

Oh geez, I’ve done it to them now! It’s unavoidable, so don’t fight it. Teachers need a time to switch off, a fact you are, by now, far too well aware of. So the tip, the little tidbit of advice is just to have fun with your class, don’t stress, get up there with them and make a fool of yourself - that’ll stop the other teachers from yawning, even if the yawn is replaces by a stifled giggle or just a flat out laugh.

Have fun with it - I do!

~ by Mike, an Australian teacher working in London schools through Protocol Education. Click here to read more by Mike.

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