Love that song. Love VIPKID. Love teaching online. Really, it is an AMAZING job. VIPKID helped save me during one of the most financially difficult times in my life, but now, after two wonderful years, it is time to say goodbye. With the arrival of my new son, it is just not feasible at this … Continue reading Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end: Goodbye for now, VIPKID.
I had my big interview for Magic Ears, and it did not go as anticipated. My internet crapped out halfway through my demo lesson, and I failed because of this. Soooo....my first recommendation before doing your interview is to make sure you are hardwired...get an ethernet cable. I never needed one for VIPKID, so I … Continue reading Magic Ears: The Interview
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?
I never gave much thought to schedules before motherhood. Sure, I was punctual and got to work on time, but I was always more of a "go with the flow" type girl when it came down to the events of daily life. Now I would not get anything done without them. You get to a … Continue reading When do you sleep? Whenever my schedule says I can.
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?
So I clicked that annoying Facebook ad. The initial application process is simple. You must complete a short form that basically only asks for your level of education and experience working with children. I honestly put less than five seconds of thought into my application because I still wasn't convinced that it was a legitimate … Continue reading VIPKID: How do I apply?
One day (very recently) I was stressing about money. I have a new baby. I am the only source of income for the two of us. The medical bills are piling up. Not to mention I live in the most wonderful country in the world...which means the three months maternity leave I took were unpaid. … Continue reading VIPKID: What is it?
I am interested in too many things. I dabble here and there, and stumble across some good opportunities along the way. Even my current teaching position was obtained by pure chance in an email from an alternative teaching certification program that I was no longer active in. After college, I tried really really REALLY hard … Continue reading The Quest for the Perfect Side Job