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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VIPKID Vibes: My Second Class

First off, don’t worry. I’m not going to post after every single class. BUT this one was special because it was my first Major Course class. In other words, this kid is already part of the program, and he’s in the process of learning the lessons — he’s not someone trying this thing out for free.

More weight is put on Major Course classes. You gotta bring it.

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This was not short notice (unlike last time) so I had the whole day to prep. Here’s where you can tell a newbie from a veteran. I looked over the lesson slide by slide (again and again), I made a list of the props I wanted to use, I set them all out and tried to lay them in slide order, I did a practice run. Now, a verteran would look over the slides the night before (or perhaps an hour before), gather some props, and boom, done. I can’t wait to get to that stage.

Here I am wondering how people can do six+ classes in a row, when it takes this much effort to wrap my brain around one. Man.

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Anyway.

He got there super early! Class started at 7:30. He signed in at 7:09! So much for looking through the slides again. But I got over it because he started playing with an Iron Man figure, and I realized this kid is awesome. All is forgiven. Continue reading

My First Class With VIPKID!

Story time with Lauren.

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You’re here for one of several reasons:

  1. You’re thinking about joining VIPKID and you’re soaking up every bit of content available like the sponge you are. In that case, welcome, prepare to be enlightened.
  2. You already are a VIPKID teacher, but you haven’t had any classes yet and you want to know what to expect. In that case, I’m happy to share my experience.
  3. You know me and want to know how my first class went. In that case, aww, thanks for asking.
  4. You clicked here accidentally and have no idea what I’m talking about. In that case, you’re excused. Not offended.

Anyway…

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Some stats for perspective:

  • Today is my 7th day with VIPKID and today was my first class.
  • I’m certified for Level 2-5, Trial, and Global Adventure (whatever that is).
  • It was a short notice trial class at 7:30 am (EST). (Shoot for the PPT if you can!)
  • She was seven years old, cute as a button, and smarter than I realized at first.

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Don’t Worry. I’m Not Dead.

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I have returned. Please. Contain your excitement.

I’ve been a bit MIA lately. Twitter, this, my writing community… I’m such a routine-oriented person that when something new comes along, it throws me off so much that something’s gotta give. In this case, three somethings.

My cat’s social media presence is still very much alive. Because priorities.

So what’s been going on with me? What is it that has screwed over my precious routine?

I got a job, y’all.

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For that and other randomness, keep reading. 🙂

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Writing Exercise – Character Playlist #6: Mark

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My last playlist. And the hardest to compile. Out of everyone, Mark’s list has had the most changes. I started with strictly romantic type songs. But he’s not a total sap. So this is a mix of 90s/2000s alternative, radio-friendly, pop…stuff. With a touch of sap.

For what it’s worth, Mark’s favorite music is jazz. But I was not about to attempt such a playlist. It would just be Dizzie Gillespie, because that’s the only jazz artist I know. 🙂

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Mark’s Playlist

“The Alt-Rock Top 40er”

1) “Wonderwall” Oasis
2) “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” U2
3) “Do I Wanna Know?” Arctic Monkeys
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40 Vitamin String Quartet Arrangements You Should Hear

Continuing with my alt-versions of songs, this week, I bring you Vitamin String Quartet. I’ve mentioned this group in the past, namely when I was recommending music for a writing session. They’re perfect for that! But really, no time is a bad time for VSQ!

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I had an unnecessarily rough time narrowing this list down to forty. I say unnecessarily because…what does it matter? Who cares? Still, it was difficult. Their catalogue is huge, and I actually didn’t make it through the entire list!

Think of VSQ as an excuse to put virtually any band you’d ever want into your wedding ceremony. Yeah, not kidding.

So enjoy what I’ve painstakingly–for not reason whatsoever–whittled down for you:

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