Free Professional Development

Welcome to professional development!

This complimentary service from A Beka Book is a great tool to help teachers and administrators with effective classroom procedures as well as the best practices and methods to use with A Beka Book curriculums and textbooks.

We hope our professional development library becomes an important resource to you as you continue to diligently teach your students.

CEU/ISP certificates are issued by Pensacola Christian College.

How to Get Started

  1. Log in to your professional development account.

    If you have not already done so, you will want to register for professional development.

    Note: Your professional development username and password are different from your A Beka Book online username and password.

  2. Click on a video title under a category that you wish to watch.

    • View any of the videos (or series of videos) below.
    • Take the corresponding assessment (one assessment for each video).
    • Download an ISP certificate for your professional development.

    If there are videos that are grouped together in a series, they must all be viewed and the corresponding assessment successfully completed in order to receive a CEU/ISP.

  3. You have now successfully earned a certificate.

    Note: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) = 10 ISPs (In-Service Points)

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Teacher Training Library – Lecture/Classroom

Maximizing your students’ potential for learning is important to you. How can you get the most out of every lesson? The videos in this library can help. Through the lecture sessions and live classroom demonstrations, learn effective classroom procedures.

Preschool
Completed ISPs* Video Title
1 Series 1 View Descriptions
  A Visit to 2-year-old Preschool Class 55 min.

Preschool is often a child’s first experience with school. Determine from the very beginning that learning is fun! Visit a 2-year-old preschool class as they participate in Bible, Language Development, Numbers, and Skills Development. Observe effective habits and procedures as the teacher maintains a positive learning environment.

Kindergarten
Completed ISPs* Video Title
1 Series 1 View Descriptions
  Giving Character to Our Students 43 min.

The Christian school teacher has the opportunity to teach so much more than academics. Students can be trained in lessons of character that will last a lifetime. Throughout her many years of teaching, Dr. Beka Horton has developed keen insight into the life of students. These practical helps will benefit teachers on the importance of Giving Character to Our Students.

  Establishing Basic Classroom Habits and Procedures 47 min.

What goes into the making of a classroom where students and teacher appreciate good discipline and habits? Where and how does it all start? How is it maintained? Practical tips are demonstrated by a kindergarten and a second grade class to help you see basic ways of establishing a happy classroom atmosphere where there is efficient teaching.

1 Series 2 View Descriptions
  The Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Program 76 min.

The best way to understand the K4 program is to visit a class for a sample day. A teacher demonstrates with her class the various aspects of the day. The viewer will see skills development, Bible, phonics, writing, reading, numbers, activity time, and language enrichment.

1 Series 3 View Descriptions
  Kindergarten: A Delightful Learning Time 70 min.

Visit a five-year-old kindergarten class to find how delightful it can be. The teacher will illustrate how skills development, Bible, phonics, writing, reading, numbers, and activity time create a serene, happy place for young children to learn.

1 Series 4 View Descriptions
  Graduation Production 66 min.

The kindergarten graduation program can be a valuable aid in promoting your school program throughout your community. This video is an actual graduation performed before parents and friends.

1 Series 5 View Descriptions
  Bible Time: Learning about God 51 min.

Four-year-olds have a natural love for God and His Word. Teachers encourage spiritual growth when they communicate scriptural truths through effective Bible lessons. Learn successful methods and procedures for conducting a God-honoring Bible time as you visit a four-year-old Bible class.

1 Series 6 View Descriptions
  Bible Time: A Kindergarten Favorite (Lecture/Classroom) 47 min.

Christian school teachers have the privilege of teaching spiritual truths to kindergarten children. Five-year-olds are ready to grow in the knowledge of God and His Word. Learn successful methods and procedures for conducting a God-honoring Bible time as you visit a five-year-old Bible class.

Elementary
Completed ISPs* Video Title
1 Series 1 View Descriptions
  Giving Character to Our Students 43 min.

The Christian school teacher has the opportunity to teach so much more than academics. Students can be trained in lessons of character that will last a lifetime. Throughout her many years of teaching, Dr. Beka Horton has developed keen insight into the life of students. These practical helps will benefit teachers on the importance of Giving Character to Our Students.

  Establishing Basic Classroom Habits and Procedures 47 min.

What goes into the making of a classroom where students and teacher appreciate good discipline and habits? Where and how does it all start? How is it maintained? Practical tips are demonstrated by a kindergarten and a second grade class to help you see basic ways of establishing a happy classroom atmosphere where there is efficient teaching.

1 Series 2 View Descriptions
  Combination Classrooms Can Be Effective—Lower Elementary 29 min.

This video demonstrates the procedures in combining first and second grades throughout a typical school day. The video explains the time spent on each subject and shows the transition between subjects and grades.

  Combining Upper Elementary Classes 33 min.

Observe efficient ways to review and teach in a combined upper-elementary classroom. Many ideas for conducting a multi-grade class will be given.

1 Series 3 View Descriptions
  Four Keys to a Successful Reading Class 63 min.

Conducting an elementary reading class can be done in four simple steps. After a brief discussion, you will visit three different elementary reading classes (first, third, and sixth) to observe these four steps.

1 Series 4 View Descriptions
  Oral Reading Evaluation: Grades 1–3 28 min.

Teachers and supervisors need sample grades of A, B, C students reading during the year. This video shows grades 1-3 students at five different times during the year. Great help for teachers who are veterans or inexperienced teachers.

  How to Teach Elementary Spelling 42 min.

A brief lecture is followed by demonstrations from second and fourth-grade classrooms answering the question how to teach a spelling class.

1 Series 5 View Descriptions
  Making Grammar Practical and Interesting (3-6) 49 min.

Energize your teaching style as you observe an enthusiastic sixth grade teacher motivate her students toward participation and enjoyment for learning in Language class.

1 Series 6 View Descriptions
  Teaching Lower Elementary Arithmetic (1-2) 59 min.

Every moment counts when teaching arithmetic to lower elementary students. Learn helpful procedures for smooth transitions, student involvement, and effective communication of new material as you observe a veteran teacher conduct a typical second grade arithmetic lesson with A Beka Book.

1 Series 7 View Descriptions
  Teaching Upper Elementary Arithmetic (3-6) 61 min.

Observe effective teaching procedures for conducting an upper elementary arithmetic class using A Beka Book. Notice how this sixth grade teacher attracts student attention and maintains it throughout the 50 minute lesson.

1 Series 8 View Descriptions
  Exploring History, Science, and Health 42 min.

First and second graders are excited to learn about the country they live in and “all creatures great and small.” This video will show how to keep students’ enthusiasm for their beginning contact with history, science, and health.

1 Series 9 View Descriptions
  Making the Most of Upper Elementary Science Class 43 min.

A favorite class for students is science, if it is taught effectively. This video shows actual demonstration of effective methods for upper-elementary science classes.

  Teaching History and Geography 39 min.

History doesn’t need to be boring and dull. Your students will learn concepts as well as historical facts if you employ the methods shown.

1 Series 10 View Descriptions
  Teaching Elementary Art 48 min.

Two classroom teachers (grades one and four) show how to conduct an elementary art class using the A Beka Book art books. Teachers and students have an enjoyable learning time working on their projects.

1 Series 11 View Descriptions
  Elementary Classroom Music 67 min.

Classroom singing (grades 1–6) and music theory (grades 3–4) play an important part in developing students’ fine art skills. Observe classroom teachers (grades 1 and 6) leading classroom singing and a music theory teacher (grade 3) give a sample lesson.

1 Series 12 View Descriptions
  Teaching Upper Elementary Bible (3-6) 59 min.

Beginning each day with hearts focused on things of the Lord sets the tone for the rest of the academic day. A sixth grade teacher and her students demonstrate a typical Bible lesson following the A Beka Book Bible curriculum.

Secondary
Completed ISPs* Video Title
1 Series 1 View Descriptions
  Effective Teaching Procedures 61 min.

This introductory lecture is essential to prepare teachers for viewing other secondary-level teacher training videos series. Have you really considered the philosophy and the methods that contribute to making you a successful Christian teacher? This stimulating and thought-provoking lecture describes traditional methods and redefines the responsibility of the Christian teacher for teaching students to respond correctly to authority.

1 Series 2 View Descriptions
  Teaching Procedures for the Secondary Classroom 55 min.

The procedures described in Effective Teaching Procedures come alive as you view the teacher and students in action in the classroom. You will watch an effective technique for checking homework and giving penalties when homework is not complete. You will see (1) how to make completed homework a part of the lesson, (2) methods for giving quizzes, (3) methods of review, (4) effective lesson presentation techniques, and (5) a history lecture demonstration.

1 Series 3 View Descriptions
  Giving Character to Our Students 43 min.

The Christian school teacher has the opportunity to teach so much more than academics. Students can be trained in lessons of character that will last a lifetime. Throughout her many years of teaching, Dr. Beka Horton has developed keen insight into the life of students. These practical helps will benefit teachers on the importance of Giving Character to Our Students.

  Testing and Evaluation 42 min.

While this video reviews practical points about test construction, administering a test, and evaluation of students, it also gives a helpful discussion on all methods and techniques used in evaluation in a secondary classroom in a Christian school.

1 Series 4 View Descriptions
  Teaching English 49 min.

Good methods and procedures for an effective English class, as well as success principles for orchestrating the important elements of the English curriculum are explained in this informative lecture. Also included is a classroom observation of a master teacher demonstrating practical and effective ideas for teaching grammar, composition, vocabulary, literature, and poetry (grade 9).

1 Series 5 View Descriptions
  Teaching History 32 min.

Basic elements of a history class are discussed by a veteran history teacher and demonstrated by a junior high teacher. This lecture/classroom will enhance your teaching.

  Teaching Jr. High Math (7-8) 45 min.

All aspects of class procedures are explained and seen as they happen in the secondary math classroom. A written speed drill, teaching new material, and classroom practice are included as you view the teacher and students in action.

1 Series 6 View Descriptions
  Teaching Secondary Math (9-12) 56 min.

Effective teachers know their subject matter and use class time wisely. Observe a veteran teacher in the Algebra 1 classroom effectively and efficiently transition between the five parts of a typical secondary math class.

1 Series 7 View Descriptions
  Teaching Secondary Science (9-12) 55 min.

Take note of how this veteran teacher in a biology class uses clear and concise explanations to communicate new material and also uses variety in reviewing concepts that students need to remember.

1 Series 8 View Descriptions
  Teaching Secondary Bible 102 min.

Visit an eighth and twelfth grade Bible class to see that spiritual opportunities abound on the secondary level each day. Class procedures as well as teaching techniques can be observed in the lessons.

1 Series 9 View Descriptions
  Foreign Language Teaching Techniques 89 min.

An experienced Spanish teacher explains procedures and techniques, using A Beka Book textbooks, to produce students who can speak and enjoy a foreign language.

1 Series 10 View Descriptions
  Teenage Rebellion 71 min.

Do you have a rebellious teenager in your home, school, or church? You may be mystified by how to confront this serious problem in the life of a young person. This enlightening lecture explains the roots and early symptoms of rebellion and gives you skill and courage to deal with the problem.

1 Series 11 View Descriptions
  Secular Humanism in Mathematics 50 min.

The lecture by Dr. Beka Horton explains how set theory has been used to promote a loss of absolutes and to bring secular humanism into the field of mathematics.

Administrative/General
Completed ISPs* Video Title
1 Series 1 View Descriptions
  Foundations in Education 59 min.

Every Christian educator needs to understand the difference between traditional education and progressive education so he or she can rightly establish a Christian philosophy of education. Listen to the philosophical differences and then realize your school can be purposefully unique.

1 Series 2 View Descriptions
  Applying Christian Principles to the Academic Area 53 min.

The integration of philosophy and academics is undeniable. Christian educators have the responsibility to teach from a biblical perspective, to aim for excellence in teaching, and to be wary of the educational status quo. Gain insight and answers for the defense of traditional education.

1 Series 3 View Descriptions
  How to Solve the Problems of New or Weak Teachers 68 min.

Learn solutions to six of the most common problems new or weak teachers encounter, as well as suggestions for promoting teacher development.

1 Series 4 View Descriptions
  Giving Character to Our Students 43 min.

The Christian school teacher has the opportunity to teach so much more than academics. Students can be trained in lessons of character that will last a lifetime. Throughout her many years of teaching, Dr. Beka Horton has developed keen insight into the life of students. These practical helps will benefit teachers on the importance of Giving Character to Our Students.

1 Series 5 View Descriptions
  Teenage Rebellion 71 min.

Do you have a rebellious teenager in your home, school, or church? You may be mystified by how to confront this serious problem in the life of a young person. This enlightening lecture explains the roots and early symptoms of rebellion and gives you skill and courage to deal with the problem.

1 Series 6 View Descriptions
  Secular Humanism in Mathematics 50 min.

The lecture by Dr. Beka Horton explains how set theory has been used to promote a loss of absolutes and to bring secular humanism into the field of mathematics.

In-Service Training Library

This training is for both veterans and new teachers alike, whether you are looking for a great start to your school year or for help anytime throughout the year. These sessions explain the practices and methods that will bring you the most success as you use A Beka Book curriculums and textbooks.

Preschool
Completed ISPs* Video Title
1 Series 1
  Welcome (No assessment) 3 min.
  Bible and Language Development 64 min.
1 Series 2
  Phonics and Numbers 66 min.
1 Series 3
  Skills Development and Curriculum Guidance 60 min.
Four-Year-Old Kindergarten – K4
Completed ISPs* Video Title
1 Series 1
  K4 Skills Development and Bible 61 min.
1 Series 2
  K4 Phonics and Seatwork 62 min.
1 Series 3
  K4 Reading and Writing 57 min.
1 Series 4
  K4 Numbers and Activity Time 56 min.
1 Series 5
  K4 Language Development and Curriculum Guidance 57 min.
Five-Year-Old Kindergarten – K5
Completed ISPs* Video Title
1 Series 1
  Welcome (No assessment) 4 min.
  Phonics and Phonics Review 67 min.
1 Series 2
  Reading 51 min.
1 Series 3
  Handwriting 50 min.
1 Series 4
  Bible 52 min.
1 Series 5
  Numbers and Numbers Writing 58 min.
1 Series 6
  Skills Development 23 min.
  Language Enrichment 26 min.
  Seatwork 27 min.
1 Series 7
  Story Time/Comprehension Skills 14 min.
  Activity Time 45 min.
1 Series 8
  Curriculum Guidance 47 min.
Grades 1–2
Completed ISPs* Video Title
1 Series 1
  Welcome (No assessment) 3 min.
  Phonics: The Key to Independent Reading Part I—Six Easy Steps 23 min.
  Phonics: The Key to Independent Reading Part II—Teaching the Phonics Lesson 25 min.
  Reading Success: Within Every Student’s Reach Part I—Effective Reading Circles 26 min.
  Reading Success: Within Every Student’s Reach Part II—Evaluating Reading 24 min.
1 Series 2
  Teaching Cursive Writing: Effective Penmanship Practice 24 min.
  Spelling and Poetry 17 min.
  Language and Creative Writing: Developing Good Habits 16 min.
  Seatwork: A Time for Practice 23 min.
1 Series 3
  Elementary Bible: Reaching the Heart 47 min.
  Arithmetic: Proven Learning Strategies 44 min.
1 Series 4
  Activity Time: Science, History, Health, Art, Music 23 min.
  Curriculum Guidance (Grades 1–2) 42 min.
Grades 3–6
Completed ISPs* Video Title
1 Series 1
  Welcome (No assessment) 3 min.
  Reading Success Part I—Class Reading 20 min.
  Reading Success Part II—Evaluating Reading 22 min.
  Teaching Penmanship with Purpose 22 min.
1 Series 2
  Spelling, Vocabulary, and Poetry 20 min.
  Language Teaching Techniques 25 min.
  Creative Writing: Communicating Clearly and Effectively 24 min.
1 Series 3
  Arithmetic: Process and Procedure for Student Success 37 min.
  Elementary Bible: Reaching the Heart 47 min.
1 Series 4
  Science and Health: Showing God as Creator and Master Designer 21 min.
  History and Geography from a Christian Perspective 26 min.
  Curriculum Guidance (Grades 3–6) 40 min.

*1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) = 10 ISPs (In-Service Points)