It can be easy to neglect your health when you are teaching ESL online from home but that can be a huge mistake to make. If you stop exercising and taking care of your health, your energy levels will also be quite low and you won’t have the enthusiasm you need in order to teach and inspire your students. If that happens then it might be the 6 cups of coffee day. I have had a few of them!
The best way to maintain your health if you have very little time to work out is to take 5 or 10 minutes before you shower. Try the the Ultimate 5 minute Morning Workout before class. You can do the 30 second intervals between classes that are in The 5-Minute Morning Workout.
Furthermore, the key to good health is taking the proper vitamins and supplements. I teach more than 70 hours per week. Sometimes I get very tired. I tried GNC Mega Men and Centrum. They just didn’t work for me. My wife was using Jeunesse AM/PM and the Reserve product (it is like juice). It worked for me! I have the energy level now to keep up with my students and their AM/PM product helps me sleep at night.
Lastly, if you feel that you need a break and sometimes we do. What I do is reduce my class load for a few days to do stuff with my family or go see a movie to get my energy back. Sometimes you just need to get more sleep.
If anyone has other workouts, tricks, or supplements to for keeping health while teaching ESL online from home please let me know. I will add them to the article or create a new article with them in it. Thanks and Happy Teaching!
The process of teaching online is a bit different from teaching ESL students who are in the same room as you are. There are some mistakes that many online teachers make that can be easily avoided. In this article, we are going to give you some details on the things that you need to keep in mind when teaching ESL online.
Bad microphone placement: Your students might not be hearing you properly if your microphone is not placed in the right place at the right angle. Always do a quick check and ask the online student or students if they can hear you clearly.
Bad camera placement: Just like it happens with the microphone, your camera could be at a bad angle that is not optimal for students to see you. Sometime it is too high or low. If the camera is placed too high then it might look like you are always falling asleep when teaching.
Optimal lighting: If you don’t have the right light setup then the students will see shadows. This might make it difficult for the student to see your face when you’re trying to correct then and show them how to pronounce certain words.
Not giving students time to talk: Avoid over talking and always ask your students questions after you say a few important things. Take your time and give them a chance to respond or ask questions. If it is a low level student write on the slide and show them pictures so they can understand what you are saying. This is what I do for the lower level students.
Making sure you have the best equipment. You don’t want a student not booking your lesson because of technical problems. Remember teaching online is your small business and treat it as one. That way you can become successful and leave the rat race behind you.