The Schedule: Barry’s school visits take different shapes based on the needs of the school, space available and the grade levels. At the bottom of this page you’ll find some sample schedules to give you some ideas.
Technical Needs: Though Barry brings his own mic, computer, and guitar he often mixes and matches with what is available at each school. If you have a good public address system please set it up for the assembly. For classroom visits, Barry often uses his computer for PowerPoint presentations. Please have a projector ready if possible. Barry doesn’t use a projector for the assembly.
The Shape of the Seating and Space: The best seating for assemblies is often just children sitting on the floor. This creates less space between the audience and Barry. Some schools use orange traffic cones to divide the room by grade levels. In big spaces, like gyms and cafeteria, Barry prefers the students be arranged packed tightly together, rather than spread out laterally. It is hard to connect with an audience when they are spread too far and wide.
Grade Level Thoughts: Though Force Field for Good is designed for K-5 students Barry often works in K-8 rural schools and has found middle school students to respond well to the songs. When working with the upper grade levels, Barry connects his songs, to personal stories, writing lessons, and young adult literature.
A Banner Gift for Each School
Each school receives a 3×3 ft durable vinyl banner so that students will have a constant reminder of the visit and the lessons taught. The banner is grommeted and easy to hang in a prominent place. This is your own Force Field for Good flag. Each school can also purchase books and cds at a discount on the day of the assembly.
Check out the Force Field for Good Store for, shirts, buttons, blankets and other cool merch.
Schedule Samples ( create a schedule that works for your school)
Sample 1 Just assembly, no visits to classes
8:15 30 minute assembly with PreK, 1,2
9:00 assembly with 300 3-4 students
10:00 assembly with 300 5-6 students
Sample 2 Big Group in the AM and then smaller grade level groups
8:15am-8:45am All 600 student in School Assembly, Gym or Library
1 Session: 8:50am-9:10am Kindergarten/Library
2 Session 9:15am-9:45am First/Library
3 Session 9:50am-10:30am Second/Library
4 Session 10:35am-11:20am Third/Library
5 Session 11:25am-12:10pm Fourth/Library
6 Session 1:10pm-1:55pm Fifth/Library
7 Session 2:00pm-2:25pm ISC-Independent
2:45-3:30 Teacher Chat in library-books distributed
Sample 23Small group big group mixed all day. I saw each student twice.
9:00 – 9:50 – in the library with all 3rd graders – approximately 100 students
10:00 – 11:00 – in the gym with all K, 1, 2, graders – approximately 300 students
11:15 – 12:05 – in the library with all 4th graders – approximately 100 students
12:05 – 1:15 – lunch time for you
1:15 – 2:05 – in the library with all 5th graders – approximately 100 students
2:30 – 3:30 – in the gym with all 3, 4, 5 graders – approximately 300 students