Why did my kiddo cancel? Did he see a clip of me teaching and change his mind?
When I go on vacation, will my kiddos find a teacher they like better?
I’m never going to finish this lesson on time.
I’m never going to make it to twenty-five minutes with this lesson.
Where did he go? We still have five minutes. Come back, kiddo!
Why didn’t my favorite kiddo book me this week?
Why am I teaching math?! I didn’t sign up for this.
These are the worst sentences ever written. “I lob the cob.” Seriously?
Your name is what?
The fireman may be coming, but there won’t be a problem by the time that happens. Because class will be over.
That sounds nothing like what I just said.
I have no idea what you just said.
So, is the kid taking this class or is Dad?
So, am I teaching this class or is Dad?
I must think of a better response than “Very cool.”
No one puts butter on their nose for their birthday. Why are we teaching them this?
No one uses a mouse. They all have iPads. Why are we teaching them this? “I can click.” No, you can’t. You can touch.
I’m losing sleep for this? And you can’t show up on time? Come on.
Is this worth losing sleep for. Absolutely.
This job is real, right?
Thanks for spending some time here. Happy teaching!
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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
Story time with Lauren.
You’re here for one of several reasons:
- 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.
- 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.
- You know me and want to know how my first class went. In that case, aww, thanks for asking.
- You clicked here accidentally and have no idea what I’m talking about. In that case, you’re excused. Not offended.
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.