Project PWR Teacher Guidelines

The following document is a written guide designed to help new and upcoming teachers. This
document also contains tips for teachers that may help them in instructing. If there is anything
that the reader does not understand about this document, please contact Alex Huang or Vincent
Jiang.

 


Designing Your Course


When designing your course for Project PWR, it is imperative that you first think about what
level difficulty the course will be, and what level of experience you want your students to start
off with. It will be frustrating for you if you expect your students have a high level of experience,
so we at Project PWR recommend starting your class level at baseline, in other words, zero
experience required. If you still want to teach something more advanced, we recommend
creating two courses, one for advanced students and one for basic students. Remember, although
you may be experienced in your teaching field, your students most likely are not, so expect to go
back and explain some things.


The second thing to keep in mind when designing a course is how long you want the course to
be, and what time classes will take place. Here, we at Project PWR strongly recommend that you
host your classes during the weekend, as that is when most students will be available, although
you may pick whichever day you want to host your class. Also, when picking what time your
class will be hosted, be sure that you thoroughly go through your OWN schedule, and make sure
that your class does not interfere with any other activities you may have (School, extracurricular
activities, etc.). Once you have decided on a time, subject and difficulty level, you will then need
to write a syllabus for your class, and then submit to the designated email address. A syllabus
template is available for download on the website, and you can ask a senior teacher for guidance
on writing a syllabus. Once all those factors are checked, your course will be eligible for
availability on the website.

 


Teacher Conduct


Even if your course is acceptable enough to be displayed on the Project PWR website, none of
that matters if you do not hold yourself to the proper conduct when instructing your course. Here
are some ground rules that all teachers must 100% of the time follow when they are teaching,
and not following any of them may result in the teacher being “fired” and their class being
removed.


1. There will be absolutely NO swearing or profanity when on camera. Semi-insulting
words like “Stupid” and “Heck” will be allowed, but NEVER directed towards students.
2. When teaching, teachers must always have their cameras on and be in the camera frame,
even if what they are teaching does not require them to be on screen. This is to reinforce
a sense of order in the classroom.
3. When a teacher’s camera is on, it is prohibited for a “virtual background” feature to be
on. Project PWR suggests that teachers scout out where they will be teaching, as to make
sure there is nothing distracting in the background.

4. The teacher is prohibited from discussing any unrelated adult topics (Politics, NSFW
content, etc.)


The following rules are rules that do not necessarily have to be followed, but we at Project PWR
heavily encourages that teachers follow these rules
.


1. Do not have anybody interrupt you while you are teaching, unless for an important matter
2. If you can’t teach one week or something abruptly came up, notify your students and
Project PWR immediately
3. Before teaching a class, it is recommended that you practice your lesson at least one time,
whether it be in front of your parents, sibling, or friend. This will help insure a smooth
lesson.
4. If there is something that you need to memorize for your lesson, write it down or
memorize it. Is highly recommended that you do NOT pull-out notes or anything visible
in front of your students, as that will cause order and respect to be lost.
5. It is recommended that you teach with zoom, although any platform is fine, as long as
that platform can record meetings, so that your students can go back and review your
lectures


If you follow all of these rules, Project PWR can confirm that you will most likely be a good
teacher to your students, one that they respect and can follow along with.

 


Optional Resources and Preparations


The following resources and procedures are, as said by the title, optional. Project PWR does
encourage teachers to follow some of these preparations, as we believe them to help greatly
when teaching.


Resource 1: Project PWR’s discord server. The discord server for Project PWR is a server where
teachers and students can discuss matters outside of class, and teachers may seek guidance from
others for potential problems. Project PWR believes that the discord server is a valuable resource
for teachers as well as students and encourages both parties to use it.
Preparation 1: Student Hours or Review Classes. Many senior teachers have encountered the
same problem again and again, that being several students being unable to keep with the class
pace and eventually losing interest and effort as a result of that. As a solution to this, Project
PWR recommends that teachers host a form of “student hours” or “review class” every so often
so as to keep all students on the same page.

 

 


If more resources/preparations are added as Project PWR grows, this document will update.
Once more, if there is anything on this document that you are confused about, please contact
Alex Huang and Vincent Jiang.