Happy Teacher Tuesday! I can’t believe it’s October. Then again, I say that every month.
Here are my stats:
I thought I’d use this week to share five thoughts as I begin my sixth month with this company.
-At this point, my schedule is pretty solid. I’m teaching six classes a day, 7 AM, EST to 10 AM. Most days are full. If I have an open slot, chances are it’s 9:30. I’m sharing these stats because I want people to know the importance of patience. Yes, my numbers are good, but it took me SIX MONTHS to get here. “Here” meaning, a consistent schedule that I’m comfortable with. If you’re new, give it time. And always remember, everyone’s journey is different. So amazingly different.
-I’m still trying to decide whether or not to take Sundays off. I was all set to do this, and then they offered that incentive for opening slots every day. I wasn’t about to pass up an extra fifty bucks. But still, my ultimate goal is to take Sundays off. Continue reading
By the time this is posted, I will have taught 542 classes. It is day 160.
I am very fortunate. And I don’t take my numbers for granted. Everyone’s journey is different with this company, and while I started pretty slowly–by my own standards–these days I’m pretty much fully booked. And fully grateful.
So what is this unexpected problem?
Too many classes.
This morning, I taught my 413th class with VIPKID. It’s hard to believe. Here are ten things I’ve learned along the way.
Some classes last 7 minutes. Some last about 70.
I have a few students who I just love. I look forward to seeing them, and class is a blast. Or I meet a new student who is just all around awesome. Maybe they want to talk to you about their day. Maybe they want to show you something they made. These are the seven minute classes. Then, there are classes that feel never-ending. This could be for one of several reasons: the kid is misbehaving, the kid is mute, the lesson is super boring/difficult, the kid is super slow and you have another class to get to. Point being, rarely does a class actually feel like 25 minutes. (27-29 if you’re me. I can NEVER finish at 25.)
Completely opposite reactions to the same reward is totally normal.
I love doing rewards! Some teacher don’t like them, or they don’t even bother with them. But I must say, I love matching rewards to the student’s interests–once you find out what they like–or matching to the lesson topic. I like creating rewards too. As it turns out, sometimes I am much more excited about the reward than the student. There are some students who just do not smile. They show no emotion despite the reward, whatever it may be. And that’s OK. Because the next kid you show that reward to is going to love it. I’m always curious to see the reactions. You never know what to expect.
Hello VIPKID teachers and potential VIPKID teachers!
Last week was all about Dino: VIPKID Vibes: So…You Want a Dino. He’s back for this week as well. Here is the Dino update, as promised:
I ordered Dino on the 1st and he arrived in MD on the 15th! I didn’t think I’d see him until next month. As you can see, he fits right in with the crew.
And he’s already been a hit in class with one Level 2 student in particular!
Dino, the face of VIPKID, is pretty much a celebrity. And getting your hands on a plush Dino is the end goal for many teachers.
This may be a slight exaggeration. Then again, if you spend some time in Facebook groups, it seems as if people would sell their first born for a Dino.
First of all, I’m not above the Dino craze. He’s cute. He’s cuddly. I understand. Here’s what I don’t understand.
Why would you pay for one when you can get one for free??? Continue reading
There’s been some debate on whether or not to plug your feedback in a translator before submitting. For one thing, it takes time –time we’re not paid for. It’s an extra step.
Since day one, I have used Google Translate to check my feedback. And if you read the following examples, you’ll see why I urge you to do the same. Continue reading
Last Sunday morning, 7:00 am, I taught my 100th class with VIPKID.
Here’s a list of ten random things I’ve learned so far. Continue reading
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.