Assisted Parent Teaching
What is Assisted Parent Teaching?
Assisted Parent Teaching is a method of conducting an online learning session for preschool utilized by learning organizations such as Level Up to help ensure the safety of the young student and the teachers.
During assisted parent teaching, a parent or a legal guardian is present with the young student (ages 2 to 7) to provide for the technical needs of the young student. Such needs include operating a gadget, navigating through the technical steps to arrive at the virtual classroom, and helping the young student pay attention to the online learning session.
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Why is Assisted Parent Teaching needed?
Assisted Parent Teaching is required whenever the student attending the online learning session for preschool is aged 2 to 7 years old. Children of this age have developing social and cognitive functions and will need guidance from a trusted guardian to help them navigate through a new experience.
Each child also has different attachment styles. Children who have stable attachment styles may find it easy to learn and to interact with a new person across a screen after a few minutes of warming up. However, children with anxious or avoidant attachment styles may be distressed by this new experience.
Having a trusted guardian to help care for the young student's emotional needs is absolutely necessary to help ensure that the young student would feel safe.
This is also for the safety of the child, who, at a young age, would still need adult supervision.
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Signs of agitated young student:
Online learning sessions aim to slowly introduce young students to the experience of learning. However, depending on the age, attachment style, and personality of the student, he or she will react differently to a new experience.
Normal reactions to a new experience include asking questions, staring at the screen as if bewildered, becoming quiet (whereas they normally are talkative), and wanting to touch the screen (to interact with multimedia content).
While the above mentioned reactions are normal, there are other reactions that parents should watch out for to help ensure the young student gets the best experience out of their encounter with their teacher online:
- Aggressive behavior: anger, short temper, or stubborness
- Nervous behavior: nail biting or rocking motion
When a student exhibits these behavior, it's a sign of restlessness or agitation. It might be best to cut the online learning session short.
If this happens:
- Send a message to the Level Up Admin, 09277128095, or tell the teacher that you would like to cut the session short and you would resume the rest of the session on another schedule.
- Comfort the student by engaging in a familiar activity they enjoy (i.g., playing with their favorite toys, eating their favorite food, or taking a nap).
- Coordinate with Level Up Admin to schedule what remains of the cut off session.