It is important in the development of social skills that students learn how to assemble and behave while attending a program, just as teaching and practice is given to fire drills. If you teach your students to follow directions, respect fellow classmates and be good listeners they will be on their way to mastering skills necessary to be successful in life. Three assembly objectives are:
- Live programs are different from TV shows and movies. Recognize and understand that since live assembly programs are spontaneously and not automatically presented everyone must use good listening and observation skills.
- Use and reinforce good assembly manners such as sitting up straight, not talking or whispering, keeping hands to yourself and laughing or applauding the show without booing or whistling.
- Help establish the skill of following directions to and from the program, as well as during the performance.
Using magic, comedy, and audience participation the goals of this particular program are:
- To illustrate some of the dangers of the Internet, including but not limited to: disturbing or uncomfortable material, potential damage to your computer from certain downloads, etc.
- To understand that things are not always as they seem and people don’t always tell the truth about themselves online.
- To learn some simple guidelines and precautions to keep the Internet a safe, positive place.
- Give parents an “agreement” (safety tip sheet) that they can use to reinforce these ideas with their children..
For The Student - Before The Program:
Prior to the program -- go over with your students the good behavior needed. Some students will be invited to take part in the program, however, only those students who are seated quietly with their hands raised will have the opportunity.
After The Show - Things To Do And Talk About:
- Class Discussion -- You can have a class discussion about the show that includes every student. Begin with one student and go around the room asking each student to name something they learned from the show, what they liked, what surprised them, what message was each routine trying to get across, etc.? If the students start to repeat the same thing, ask them to mention something different. This will be helpful for the total class in recalling and reconstructing as much of the program as possible.
- Draw Pictures -- Especially for younger students or artistic older ones, have them draw pictures of what they liked or remembered about the program.
- Write About the Show -- Especially for older students, you can have each student write a paragraph or story about the show or even write letters to the magician telling him what they thought about the show.