Maximize The Effectiveness of Your Assembly Treat the assembly like a special occasion.
Students follow the lead of the administration and teachers. If the adults act excited for the assembly, the students will follow suit. The more special the assembly is, the more students will pay attention. Some schools make a day or even week of an assembly. "Internet Safety Day" or "Bully Prevention Week" to add to the excitement. Please ask that the teachers are not reading or grading papers during the presentation- sounds odd but it has happened- if teachers aren't paying attention, why should the students?
Prepare for the introduction.
The introduction sets the tone for the entire assembly. Reading it out loud, at least one time before the assembly will help ensure a smooth delivery with minimal mistakes. As the introducer, you are a leader for the audience. You should model the behavior you want the audience to adopt. You can capture the students’ attention and control immediately, and then transfer both to the speaker. The introduction can be found on Josh's technical rider.
Hold the assembly in an appropriate location.
The location of the assembly should be comfortable and well lit. Students should be seated comfortably so they aren’t tempted to stir. The area should also be well-lit so they aren’t tempted to sleep or socialize under the cover of darkness.
Audio/Video Equipment Requirements
1) Projection screen and projector with appropriate cord to connect to a standard laptop 2) Two-tiered AV cart with electrical feed into the cart 3) Microphone. Cordless is preferred, but generally any microphone will work so long as the cord is long enough to allow movement around the space. 4) Someone available to adjust lighting before the appearance 5) No internet or audio connection to the computer is needed.