VIPKID Vibes: Treading Lightly in Facebook Groups (Plus a Day 48 Update!)

Facebook groups house a wealth of knowledge. I can’t tell you how many quick answers to questions I’ve found just by searching in these groups–namely the newbie group, and that’s the one I’m focusing on here. Literally anything you have a question about, someone else has asked it too, and you’ll find out what you need.

Besides being a giant FAQ headquarters, there are ideas after ideas for backgrounds, props, reward systems, tips for particular lessons/levels, you name it. People are more than willing to share documents they’ve made of organizers, or images you can print for props or rewards.

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I also love reading about others’ classes. Just a short clip of a lesson or a “hey, guess what happened to me” story. It gives such insight for those of us who haven’t taught many classes–almost a “this will be you one day” kind of feeling.

For these reasons, Facebook groups are amazing.


Some people treat Facebook as a giant vent session where they make every issue the worst possible scenario in their lives or to complain for the sake of complaining.

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Hang on. I will admit, I did post about the interactive lessons for level two, and it may be considered a vent. I was merely saying how I didn’t think there was much content there. I’m referring to the chronic venters. You know exactly what I’m talking about, right?

Where was I…Some people treat Facebook as a giant vent session. They will complain about any aspect of VIPKID they disagree with. I do recognize there are certain issues worth venting about, i.e. no pay for Teacher IT. Definitely vent-worthy. Yikes.

I’m talking about all the open grievances which paint VIPKID as a horrible place to work. Mind you, this is a NEWBIE group, full of the hopeful and the bright-eyed. And I also know of potential VIPKID teachers who are members. And they read these negative posts day after day. Crushing. It’s crushing. Because I’ll tell you, if I hadn’t already gone through the application process, I would rethink it after reading through Facebook posts.

I read many, many posts in the newbie group. Most of the complaints boil down to numbers. Everyone is so concerned with how they compare to everyone else. Followers, classes, feedbacks, schedules, days, on and on and on. It’s human nature to compare yourself to others. It’s just the way it is. And I understand that. You want to know if what you have is the norm. But STOP. Comparing your numbers–especially when you’re new–is one of the worst things you can do. Not everyone starts out with high numbers; they build-up over time. So when you see someone’s follower count or classes taught, you don’t know how long they’ve been teaching or what other factors there are. So chill out.

The other problem: complaints of “low numbers” in their schedule. I used quotes because if you woke up to 40 classes, shut your mouth. You’re surrounded by people who have been working 100 days and have yet to teach a class. Or they’ve taught two classes in two months. How do you think it looks for that person to have to read, “I’m so bummed. I only got 38 classes in the frenzy”?!?!?! Someone should start a “Despite the Number of VIPKID Classes I Have, I Still Want to Complain About Bookings!” group.

As I mentioned last week, I am thankful for each and every class I get. I don’t see them as numbers. I see them as children. Children whose parents chose ME–out of thousands of others–to teach their pride and joy. And that is enough for me. So stop with the numbers and enjoy yourself. It’s really that simple. Think about what you’re doing through this platform. It’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

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There is a rebuttal to this, in fact. What about those who rely on VIPKID for their primary income? That’s when I say, you have to know up front, nothing is guaranteed with this company. They don’t owe you anything. You have to consider that before even applying. Know right from the start that inconsistency comes with the territory. It’s not VIPKID’s fault that you didn’t see enough kiddos this month to pay your rent.

The worst offender? Yes, people complain about low bookings. I get it. It’s hard. Lots of people experience booking issues. But what’s so horrible are the responses, my personal favorite being “look into other companies.” I don’t know if this is a sincere suggestion, if it’s someone trying to get a referral bonus from a different company, if they’re basically saying to give up. But whatever the reason, a VIPKID Newbie Group is not the place to tell someone to go somewhere else. The newbies are there for support, how to better their profile, lesson strategies, whatever. They don’t want to be told to find another company. They want advice on how to make it work with this one.

It’s so annoying. And I see it ALL the time. Now this is turning into a vent session.

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The point of this post is to basically tell you that yes, Facebook groups are an awesome resource to get ideas and read about others’ experiences, but just know that you have to wade through a lot of posts from people who expect everything in life to go perfectly and think God hates them if it doesn’t.

A Day 48 Update

I (VIP)kid you not, the morning after my last Teacher Tuesday post regarding low bookings, I woke up to 4 new classes! Weird. But I’ll take it. A few more bookings trickled in through the rest of the day and the days that followed. So, in keeping with my sharing tradition, here are my current stats:

Days: 48

Classes: 20

Students: 17

All but eight of my thirty-six slots for next week were booked during the frenzy and throughout Monday. 😀

The rumors are true, people. Be patient.

Some class highlights:

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-One kiddo loved Avengers so he was pumped for my reward. I took a leap, having never met this child, that he might like superheroes, and decided to put some Avengers figures in a bucket. It was so cute seeing his reaction as I pulled each one out. He actually rebooked me for next week (yay!), and now I know he likes Thor the best. Listen, I could fill an aisle at Walmart with all my Thor stuff. I’m so pumped for that class.

-I had my first level six class. I was nervous, because I’d only ever taught level two. This kiddo couldn’t have been any more awesome. It was a great introduction to this level. Very smart. It was much easier because he did all the work!

-I also had my first level three and four and five! And honestly, they all sort of blend together.

-Without meeting me, someone chose to book back-to-back classes with me. Who knows. An hour is too long for these kids, I think. All in all, I think he did a pretty good job. He knew his pronouns like nobody’s business.

-I finally had another girl! My very first class was a trial with a female student, and I’ve only had boys after that. However, this kiddo reminded me why I don’t teach elementary school. So. Much. Energy.

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That’s all for this week.

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Thanks for spending some time here. Happy teaching!

VIPKID Vibes: Where are the Kiddos? Day 41 Check-in

Today marks my forty-first day as a VIPKID teacher. As of right now…

I’ve taught 6 classes and 5 students.

One of those was a trial.

Two were interactive lessons.

Two were short notice.

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My stats aren’t anything to brag about, but that’s actually part of why I choose to share them with you. And why I started posting my experience in the most honest way I can. Listen, people want referrals to make money, so they often only share the pros of VIPKID. Someone who is trying to get you to sign-up isn’t going to tell you that you may not teach your first class for a month. Know what I mean?

Except for me. Yes, I’ll tell you that. You may not teach your first class for a month. You may not teach another one for a month after that.

There is a great misconception about this company. How much you make, your hours, etc. You probably have heard enticing lines like, “I can set my own hours” (true, you open the time slots you want),  or “I decide when I want to work” (actually, no, you don’t. Parents do.) or “I can work when I want to” (again, no, you’ll work when a parent books you.). So I want you to know this upfront.

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I’m not complaining. I like that it’s going slowly–maybe not this slowly :)–so that I have a chance to catch my breath and actually prep for these classes.

At this point, I’ve never had classes back to back. I’ve never even had more that one class in a day. Actually, I can beat that. I’ve never had two consecutive days with a class. But I’m not discouraged. I don’t mope around all day thinking I’m a failure because I don’t have many classes, or slamming VIPKID for not booking me (uh, that’s actually not their job!), or ranting about it on Facebook. (Future post: VIPKID Facebook Groups *sigh*) No, I’m making every lesson that I do have the best I can make it. And I’m learning something and bettering something with every class. I’ve also taken a few workshops. Here’s some free advice: if you ever have a chance to take a workshop with Shannon M, TAKE IT. She is awesome. Period.

I like to look at it this way. There are ~40,000 (maybe 50k, not sure) teachers out there. The fact that I get ANY students still blows my mind. How did he/she find me? But really, I think this is a much more positive way to look at bookings–and frankly, more grateful and healthy.

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Again, I’m sharing this with you, because I want these posts to be as honest as possible. You may be someone who is consistently booked from day 1. It does happen. Good for you! Then again, you may end up with a schedule like mine. You may end up waiting until day 100. I’ve seen that too. For me, it’s OK. For you, perhaps not. It’s the reality of the job though.

With that said, what do I think so far?

I love it. I do. Yes, I did think I’d have more classes by now. But I’ve loved the ones that I’ve taught. I’ve met some adorable kiddos so far. And so smart! And when I think about what this really means, it’s so very humbling to me. I am teaching a child a new language. I’m teaching someone miles and miles away, through a screen. It’s truly an amazing experience. One that I think people lose sight of when they get so obsessed with the numbers game.

Take a moment and think about what you’re doing. We’re changing these kids’ lives. I’m honored to be a part of it!

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I’m also learning more about myself and what I’m capable of. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge introvert, and this is completely out of my comfort zone, but at the same time, it’s so energizing! I never thought I’d be able to do something so “not like me” so for that reason too, I’m thankful.

That’s all for now. Come back next Tuesday for more VIPKID Vibes.

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Thanks for spending some time here. Happy teaching!

Breaking Benjamin’s Ember: An Album Review

Happy Music Monday! I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting this post. My apologies for taking my sweet time.

Part of it is my clinical procrastination issues, but mostly I’ve put this off because I wanted to listen to the album a few more times before trying to write about it.

Had you asked me after my second listen, I would’ve said it was fine. Just fine. Just OK. All the songs sorta blend together. But it’s still Breaking Benjamin, so I’m on board.

But now? I love this album. I just really love this album. Ben and Co. have done it again. Let’s break this thing down track by track. I haven’t read or listened to a single review, so this is my 100% unbiased opinion as a total fan.

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I feel compelled to add: the review that follows is my opinion. You might not agree. You might be wondering if I’m even referring to the right album. Or that I need to get my ears checked. You might not like Breaking Benjamin at all; what are you doing here then? Anyway, this is my take on things. Take from it what you will.

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Mocha’s New Video: Catnip Bubbles Review

I took a two week vacation from YouTube, but Mocha and I are back today. A few weeks ago, Mocha won (well, I guess I won) an Instagram giveaway, and one of the prizes was some catnip bubbles. I’ve finally opened them, and here’s what ensued:

If you don’t have the three minutes it takes to view this video, first of all, you really need to reevaluate your commitments and consider dropping a few of ’em, and secondly, Mocha loved these bubbles!

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VIPKID Vibes: How to Rock Your Mock

Sorry for the lame title–although if you’ve read any of my stuff, you’ll know lameness runs rampant around here.

As promised, here’s my Mock 1 experience and some tips from one newbie to another. Am I an expert? No. But…I was hired after Mock 1 and didn’t have to do Mock 2. So…

Settle in. There’s a lot to talk about.

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You’ve passed the interview. Now it’s time to set up your Mock 1. Give yourself time. Don’t schedule it for the next day just to get it over with. Here’s the tough part. They only give you a week to do both mocks. I *think* you can request an extension, but don’t quote me on that. Don’t get cocky and assume you’ll pass Mock 1 and wait to schedule it for the last possible day. Leave time to prep for Mock 2. (They won’t give you this material until after Mock 1. I’ve never seen it, so can’t help you there!)

As far as scheduling goes, you’ll have hour blocks for the next few days and you just click one to confirm. You’ll be given the Mock 1 materials to practice.

This time you have two lessons to prep. OMG. I know, right? The first is a lot like the interview as far as the level. It’s called “Letter Xx.” The second is intermediate, called “My County, My Culture.” It’s a trip. Continue reading

More Random Lauren Facts

It’s time to share some more random facts about me. Why? I have no idea.


My treadmill is my happy place. Look, some people are anti-treadmill. They’re all about “the outdoors” and “natural light” but I’m doing just fine, thanks. “Treadmill TV” anyone? Yes! It’s this total awesome sauce YouTube channel, where basically, someone runs with a camera so it’s like a first person view of a trail, or a city sidewalk, or wherever. Last week I was in Australia. Yesterday, I went to Singapore. No passport required.

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A Writing Update on Writing Wednesday

Just wanted to check in on the writing front. Where all is quiet. #literarypun #suchadork

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The last query I sent was March 20th.

The last rejection was March 30th.

The last writing other than a blog post? Um…last year? Yeah, I think.

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VIPKID Vibes: The Interview

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Congrats! You’ve made it to the interview stage! Way to fill in that form! Huzzah!

Now comes the fun part: pretending like the adult face on the other side of your webcam is a five-year-old. (Let me just say, no problem. Going into it, this worried me, but after ten seconds, I completely forgot she wasn’t a kid. Bravo to her, I guess.)

I don’t know how often–if ever–they change what the interview lesson entails, but I had “My Feelings” which focused on happy, sad, angry, etc. After your application is accepted, you will be given access to the lesson so you can prepare. Thank God. If I had to walk into that blindly, would I have passed? Hmmm…

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I practiced the crap out of those slides. I could recite them in my sleep. I’d be in the shower, like “I feel happy. I feel angry.” I’d ask my cat, “How do feel?” I’d drive to Walmart saying, “Big M! Small m!” I kind of lost my mind. But in the best way.

If you’re at this stage, let me share some tips.

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VIPKID Vibes: The Application Process

Should you apply to VIPKID? Well, yeah. Obviously.

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Chances are, if you’re here, you’re already planning on applying, so let me just walk you through what is undoubtedly the easiest part of the process.

Are you qualified?

  • Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree–in anything?
  • Do you have at least one year “teaching” experience (which includes virtually any contact with children from what I’ve gathered)?
  • Did you go to school in the United States or Canada?

Then, you’re in.

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