I hit a milestone today. Behold:
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.
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.
Hello, VIPKID teachers! Perhaps you can relate to these?
The moment when…you have two minutes left and ten slides to go.
The moment when…the kiddo says “I’m fine” when you ask “How old are you?”
The moment when…you get sweet feedback from a parent.
Happy Teacher Tuesday! Just a quick update this week…
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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Thanks for spending some time here. Happy teaching!
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!
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?