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You offer your students a classroom environment that promotes learning, while ProTeach videos provide them with excellent instruction from Abeka Academy master teachers. To get the most benefit from using ProTeach, keep the following keys in mind.
You’ll need on-site teachers who are experienced in traditional classroom instruction. However, the number of teachers and helpers you’ll need will vary with the size of your school.
Check your state’s requirements for student/teacher ratios. Plan for at least one teacher and one helper for every 20–25 students enrolled.
Early in the school year, a helper will need to spend mornings with the kindergarten students, teaching them the basic habits of paying attention, listening, and following directions. Later, less time will be required as the children learn to follow the video teacher.
So where do you find your helpers?
The most successful school programs do a couple of important things right from the beginning. First, they set out to establish a traditional classroom atmosphere that’s conducive to learning. Second, they require student participation and accountability.
Do these two things so your classrooms will be ready for efficient operation and control. That way, learning can take place in an orderly manner.
“The right tool for the job” is an expression that holds true with regard to how you equip your classroom for maximum learning. The following is a list of areas to address:
For the streaming format, here’s what we recommend:
If your school is in one large room divided into several individual class areas, dividers should be made of a sound-absorbing acoustical material. (Carpeted plywood dividers provide a practical solution.) Carpeting on the floor also helps to absorb sound.
Individual student headphones (optional) are successful in eliminating most outside sound and keeping the student’s attention on the teacher. A TV with an earphone or headphone jack can accommodate a 4-, 6-, or 8-headphone volume control jack box that allows the student to select a comfortable listening level.
If the TV does not have an earphone or headphone jack, a headphone amplifier unit will need to be connected to the audio output of the video player. These amplifier units typically have 4 or 6 built-in headphone jacks, so a headphone jack box would not be necessary unless additional headphones need to be connected to a single TV for a larger class.
If a student is using stereo headphones with a mono headphone jack box or headphone amplifier unit, they will hear audio in only one ear. This can be corrected using a ¼” mono-to-stereo adaptor. Additionally, an adaptor would be needed if the students’ headphones come with a mini-plug connector.
Classroom furniture should include a lectern for the teacher, which not only helps to reinforce the classroom atmosphere, but also serves as a spot to place manuals for easy reference.
Finally, it’s important that students have an appropriate workspace that further helps them feel like they’re in a classroom.
Follow these guidelines and your video school will be well on its way to providing an exceptional education for your students. And if you need help explaining to parents how your video school works, use this PDF created especially for parents.
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