As many veteran teachers have noticed, VIPKID is not the lucrative side job it once was. I am almost done with contract #3, and currently am only getting booked about 3/45 slots each month. VIPKID is still great for some people, but it seems I am on the unspoken list of teachers getting phased out. … Continue reading Magic Ears: Making the Jump
When it comes to my VIPKID classroom, I am a minimalist. I have found that the longer I teach, the more efficient I get with consolidating my prop usage and cutting the classroom clutter. I also teach mostly L3 and up, so it is not as much pressure to be a nonstop dog and pony … Continue reading How do I set up my VIPKID classroom? Part 2: PROPS
WeChat and Weibo are taking the VIPKID groups by storm. Teachers are gushing and gloating...and pleading for followers and friends. I will admit I am getting slightly annoyed with it all. It is setting up an unrealistic precedent for many of us teachers who enjoy making our wages WITHOUT all of the extra curriculars dragging … Continue reading VIPKID: Is Chinese Social Media for you?
Now that you are hired, you have some decisions to make. How much are you willing to spend to make the perfect online classroom environment? It doesn't have to be as much as you think. You will see pictures of teachers with custom classrooms decked to the gills with everything under the sun (that probably … Continue reading How do I set up my VIPKID classroom? Part 1: Lighting and Backgrounds
So many of my previous blogs outlined my glorious life and work schedule as a VIPKID teacher...and then it went silent for awhile. Being a full time teacher in real life with a new baby finally caught up with me. For the months of October and November I racked up a total of two classes. … Continue reading Taking a break from VIPKID: Why did you do it?
You got the interview...you passed the Demo Class...They even sent you a contract!!! Time to teach, right? WRONG. There is one more phase to the multi-level hiring process at VIPKID. Teacher Prep. First, you will have a couple of days to review all of the teaching prep material and take a short quiz. You can … Continue reading VIPKID: A Quiz and a Mock Class
Simple answer. PREPARE. The interview was the most nerve wracking part of this process for me. I had never done anything like this before. It almost felt dirty, performing in front of a camera for someone halfway around the world. I had worked myself all up...and I shouldn't have. Here is what will happen. The … Continue reading VIPKID: How do I pass the Interview and Demo Class?