My hands were shaking. I struggled to keep my smile in place. I told myself that I wasn’t actually on the stage so how could I have stage fright? It didn’t really help that much, but I did my best to pretend I was happy to be in front of such a large crowd.
This month my class and I are in charge of running the twice monthly all elementary assembly at our school. It only lasts about an hour and I don’t even have to do that much talking. It was my job to see if anyone wanted to present, to email out the agenda for the assembly, and then to introduce the people who would present.
I still had to stand in front of 150 elementary students, about ten teachers, a handful of office staff, the principal, the director, and some parents and lead the assembly. Whew! Was I happy when it was over!
My students interviewed each other about the importance of International Day at our school, took videos of each other, and I was even able to talk one of them into interviewing his mother since she was co-chairing the event. Then my amazing TA edited them all into a short 4 minute video! My students loved seeing themselves on the big screen at the assembly and it gave everyone important information about International Day which was happening the next day (today).
I got through the assembly. It went smoothly, the students were happy, and everyone did what they needed to do. Now I just need to do it one more time this month and I will be good to go until next year! hahaha!
Please comment! I don’t know why I am perfectly comfortable teaching in front of 20 or so students, but any time I get near a stage when I know parents or peers might be watching I get a case of stage fright! Is anyone else like this? Do you have any steps for getting more comfortable being on stage or in front of large crowds of people?