In 2016, I made more than $75,000 teaching online with VIPKID. Here is an article about how I got started.
I just started out like all the other ESL teachers. I have a TESOL Certificate, a bachelor degree, and I have 10 years experience. Most of my experience is teaching in the classroom and not online.
It took me about 6 months to learn how to teach online. It is very different from teaching in the classroom and the curriculum changes at a faster pace. Most of the classes are around 25 minutes long. So I had to be more engaging online.
After teaching over 8,200 classes with VIPKID, I had to learn a few tricks that really work in the classroom.
- I sing the vocabulary words for the students and 99% of the students sing them back. I am totally not a singer but I had to adjust my teaching because just saying and repeating the vocabulary got very boring for me and the students.
- You must encourage the student throughout the whole class. Great Job!, Hi Five!, Way to go!, That was great!. These are just a few of the things I say in every class.
- Smile a lot. I will hurt your face at first and feel a little funny. But after a while it will just become natural. Smile, smile, and smile some more.
- Laugh and joke around with the students. That will make it a fun class for the kids. But you have to adjust this for each kids. Some kids you can joke more with than other.
These are just a few things that I use in the classroom. I have over 1,000 students, I have 3,300 parents following me to book classes, I have taught over 2,100 students with VIPKID, and I have taught over 8,200 classes in 502 days with VIPKID.
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