By: Jamisha Jeffery
I began my journey of becoming a VIPKID teacher in May of this year and let’s just say this job has exceeded my expectations. I didn’t know how much this job would have such an impact on my life as a teacher. I initially decided to work for VIPKID to make extra income and make use of my teaching endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) but working for VIPKID became so much more than that. Here I am on day 76 and I have made connections with children who live on the other side of the world! Each time I open my camera, I’m excited to teach and share my knowledge of the English language. It brings me such joy to see the smiles and hear those infectious laughs of my students in the classroom. As a newbie, I have found a few teacher hacks that I’d like to share.
1. Props and rewards
2. Organize your space
3. time management
stretching, and any other form of routine that you enjoy needs to be done before you begin teaching. So make sure you have enough time to get those things done. And most importantly, be sure that your computer is ready to use. Make sure that you have a stable internet connection and be sure that your computer won’t be making any updates. You don’t want to risk having a teacher no show or experience any IT issues. Plan and prepare!
4. have fun!
As teachers, sometimes we can be too hard on ourselves especially after teaching a particular lesson. If you think a lesson went great, reflect on what worked well. Was it your enthusiasm, a certain prop or teaching method that helped your student? Figure out what really worked so that you can continue to shine when teaching your students. If your lesson didn’t go as well as you would have liked it to, don’t beat yourself up about it! Watch the replay of your lesson and reflect on what you could have done better. Making simple adjustments to a lesson can really make or break a lesson so always do some teaching reflection after your lessons.
I hope that these tips have been helpful! Enjoy your experience as a VIPKID teacher. Everyone’s experiences are unique and that what makes this job so rewarding. Happy Teaching!
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