One of the great features of Magic Ears’ unique platform is that we can enlarge a student’s image, bring them up alongside the teacher, and practice with them one on one. This is known as “Interaction Mode.” The ability to interact individually with a student by using this feature is a great advantage in Magic Ears classes where there can be up to four students at a time. Magic Ears teachers use Interaction Mode for hello’s, goodbye’s and other functions. But perhaps the best use of Interaction Mode is its unique use on the “Let’s Practice Page.”
Here are some tips for maximizing this function and receiving great parent feedback:
Listen to the student.
Don’t get so caught up in props and fun and platform functions that you forget to listen for mistakes.
Correct any mistakes
Chinese parents want their students corrected. Students are used to receiving correction so teachers should know that it’s okay and expected to give correction.
Emphasize the part that needs correction
Isolate the sound or word that needs attention. Repeat the incorrect part if necessary, and indicate which part is wrong. Use a whiteboard or any tool you can to show the student what can be fixed.
Praise the student
Tell the student they did better, or practiced well, and give them a trophy! It’s okay to say “Let’s keep working on it” if the student still needs more practice, but also praise their efforts and progress.
It’s important to have good lighting in the classroom so that the children have a delightful experience. Bad lighting can be dreary. Here are some points to keep in mind:
The goal is to have lighting that floods the entire face and background. No shadows is what you are going for!
Avoid Overhead Lighting
Overhead lighting will cast shadows down on your face. This will accentuate circles under eyes and make you look tired in addition to the classroom appearing dull and dreary.
Use White Daylight Bulbs
Get high quality white bulbs. Lights that cast a yellow, pink, or blue tint will cause your on screen image to be that color. Daylight bulbs are recommended for clean color. LED bulbs are often easier on the eyes as well.
There are three “Bottom Lines” at Magic Ears. In other words, there are three elements of teaching which are the most important! The first one of these is “teaching with passion.”
We realize that most teachers are passionate about teaching. However, when we use the term, we refer to a teaching style that wll communicate “passion” to the parents and children, even when they don’t understand a word the teacher is saying. Body language is an important of this. Can you guess what the other parts are? Watch this informative video by Hope Williams to find out more about this Bottom Line!
You can find a complete playlist of the three Bottom Lines here!
You can either record your demo or do a live “mini-demo” at Magic Ears. This mini-demo is known alternately as an interview. Magic Ears would like to make you as comfortable as possible when you arrive to your interview. For that reason, we provide recordings for you to watch of prior demos.
In this video, you will see an excellent example of a demo from Teacher Stephen. We hope this video gives you a little bit more of an idea of what we are looking for! Best of luck to you! Teacher Stephen went on to be hired for Magic Ears and made a serious of comedic videos for fellow Magic Ears Teachers. You can find a playlist of his videos here.
Magic Ears has grown and changed so much! Take a look at this video from 2017 and you will see! Here is Teacher McKenna on what was then the “new” platform. After using “classin” for classes since its beginning, in late 2017, Magic Ears developed their own state of the art platform, or “app.”
The platform is the most teacher-friendly in the online ESL industry. Teachers can mute students individually or the entire class. Students’ cameras can be turned off as well. The app has a built in reporting system to get help and document technical or behavioral problems in class. Students can write on the screen when the teacher enables the pen. Plus, the platform provides a 1 on 1 experience mode as well so students can get all the individual interaction they need.
Take a walk down memory lane and watch this “classic” archived footage from an early Magic Ears class in the new platform.