VIPKID Vibes: Newbie Teacher Essentials (and Wishlist Items!)

I haven’t posted in a while, so I wanted to return with something epic.

This may fall short of epic, but perhaps it will be interesting at the very least.

Below are some items you should have if you want to make the most of your VIPKID-ness. If you click on the picture, it will take you straight to Amazon. Consider me your middleman. You’re welcome.

*I may add to this list, so check back for more cool stuff.

Essentials

1) Heaphones

You need headphones. This is a must. If you’re in this for the long-haul, I recommend using something with an attached microphone as opposed to earbuds. Don’t think you have to go out and buy expensive gaming headphones. I’ve been using the same pair since April 2018, and I only spent about twenty-two bucks. Below are the Logitech H340 headphones. If you don’t want to spend a little more for a mute button, I’d go with these. For either kind, make sure you have an extra USB available to plug it in.

Logitech USB Headset H340, Stereo, USB Headset for Windows and Mac

2) Camera

I consider this an essential–but not right away. The camera on your computer works just fine to start out. As you start teaching more classes and decide you want to invest a bit more into this business, consider a camera upgrade. Think of it as something to work towards. I bought one after about 3 months. Tech quality is important. You want good audio, video, and lighting. If you read on Facebook groups, most people recommend this camera. It’s awesome!

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam

3) Magnetic Letters

I swear by these. Again, you can start out with basic items to get you through the interview process, but I highly recommend upgrading. Unlike some other letters I’ve seen, the back of each letter is completely magnetized, so you don’t have to worry about them sliding down or falling off. I use these every day. Love them! You get a set of uppercase and lower case, and 2 sets of numbers 0-9. A must-have, for sure.

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VIPKID Vibes: FAQ for Newbies, Part 1

Now that I’m on my 3rd contract for VIPKID, I figured I have enough knowledge to make a FAQ post. I’ll start with the most common questions I see from new teachers.


What is the flower icon on my profile?

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On the teacher app, you’ll see a flower beside your name. This is the number of followers you have.

What does that mean? A parent can “follow” a teacher and be notified when you open slots. As far as I know, that’s the point.

Can you see who is following you? No.

Does your follower count affect your bookings? I haven’t really noticed a difference, to be honest.

What is that other icon? The things that looks like a v in a circle is the number of tokens you have. Which brings me to…


How do I earn tokens?

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Hutong challenges! Which aren’t “challenges” at all. They consist of clicking links, skimming information, or typing a quick response to a question. And while they aren’t worth many tokens, they do add up.

Parent feedbacks. For every 5 apple rating you receive, you earn tokens.

Attending workshops. I haven’t done a workshop in a while, but I believe you earn 4 tokens?

Random incentives. When I renewed my contract, I got 100 tokens. Sometimes they have surveys in exchange for tokens.

Why are my tokens in different places?

I’m not sure why they haven’t streamlined this, but the tokens you earn from Hutong challenges are kept separate from those in the portal. In the Hutong, you’ll need to click on Rewards and do an exchange. They’ll move your tokens (by 100 or 500) to the portal.


What are the tokens for anyway?

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VIPKID Vibes: 1000 Classes!

I hit a milestone today. Behold:

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Actually, I’m up to 1005 now, but that title didn’t have quite the oomph I wanted.

Despite having taught so many classes, I still feel very much like a newbie. I learn something new every day.

I’m here to share my top 3 tips for being a successful VIPKID teacher.

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VIPKID Vibes: Will VIPKID Make Me a Morning Person?

In short…

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I’ve been with VIPKID for 216 days now, and let me tell you, it’s still a struggle every day. Every. Day.

I’ve always hated getting up in the morning. It’s painful in every sense of the word. You’d think after a certain period of time, my body would adjust and it wouldn’t be so bad, but that has yet to happen. Why not go to sleep earlier? Seems simple enough. But it doesn’t matter. I can get 8 hours of sleep and I feel the same as I do with 5 hours. I don’t understand it.

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VIPKID Vibes: The Moment When, Part 2

The moment when…the kiddo comes to class ten or more minutes late.

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The moment when…you’re having class with a new student and one of your regulars appears in the background.

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The moment when…you miss an incentive by two hours. I don’t want to talk about it.

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VIPKID Vibes: “The Moment When…” A Gif Post

Hello, VIPKID teachers! Perhaps you can relate to these?

The moment when…you have two minutes left and ten slides to go.

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The moment when…the kiddo says “I’m fine” when you ask “How old are you?”

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The moment when…you get sweet feedback from a parent.

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VIPKID Vibes: The Unfortunate 4 Apple Rating

Happy Teacher Tuesday! Just a quick update this week…

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After 241 5 apple reviews, I received a 4 apple. The reason I even mention this is to let you know that when it does happen to you–and it will, eventually–it’s going to be OK. Yes, it will sting and bruise your ego a bit. And seeing your 5.00 average drop to 4.99 is tough to look at. But it’s actually not that big a deal.

A four is still good. It’s even labeled “Good” so there’s nothing to feel upset about.

What is hard to deal with is not knowing why. There have been plenty of classes when I’ve thought, if there was ever a 4 apple class, that was it! This class, however, went fine. Or so I thought. But the parent left no tags and no message, so I have no clue what she didn’t like about it.

Don’t let a four apple review bother you too much. Don’t dwell on it. Just move on. If you feel like you had a good class, that’s all you can do, right? Keep doing what you’re doing.

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#preach

UPDATE: Feeling down about 4 apples? Retail therapy helps. Buy yourself something:

VIPKID Vibes: Newbie Teacher Essentials (and Wishlist Items!)


If you have yet to apply, go for it! If there’s anything I can help you with, let me know! Here’s my referral code if you choose to use it. Thanks!

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Thanks for spending some time here. Happy teaching!

VIPKID Vibes: Dino Has Arrived!

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.

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And he’s already been a hit in class with one Level 2 student in particular!

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VIPKID Vibes: Reasons Why You Should Translate Your Feedback

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.

But.

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

VIPKID Vibes: 20 Thoughts Every VIPKID Teacher Has

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  2. When I go on vacation, will my kiddos find a teacher they like better?Related image

  3. I’m never going to finish this lesson on time.Image result for the office jim gif

  4. I’m never going to make it to twenty-five minutes with this lesson.Related image

  5. Where did he go? We still have five minutes. Come back, kiddo!Image result for the office creed gif

  6. Why didn’t my favorite kiddo book me this week? Related image

  7. Why am I teaching math?! I didn’t sign up for this.Related image

  8. These are the worst sentences ever written. “I lob the cob.” Seriously?Related image

  9. Your name is what?Image result for the office michael gif

  10. The fireman may be coming, but there won’t be a problem by the time that happens. Because class will be over.Image result for the office michael gif

  11. That sounds nothing like what I just said.Image result for the office jan gif

  12. I have no idea what you just said.Related image

  13. So, is the kid taking this class or is Dad?Related image

  14. So, am I teaching this class or is Dad?Related image

  15. I must think of a better response than “Very cool.”Related image

  16. No one puts butter on their nose for their birthday. Why are we teaching them this?Image result for the office kevin gif

  17. 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.Image result for the office michael gif

  18. I’m losing sleep for this? And you can’t show up on time? Come on.Related image

  19. Is this worth losing sleep for. Absolutely.Image result for the office michael gif

  20. This job is real, right?Image result for the office dwight gif


    Thanks for spending some time here. Happy teaching!