The moment when…the kiddo comes to class ten or more minutes late.
The moment when…you’re having class with a new student and one of your regulars appears in the background.
Hello, VIPKID teachers! Perhaps you can relate to these?
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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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.
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.)
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