There is no such thing as too much TPR” I explained to the applicant who’s face peered at me through my computer screen, drawing my arms across my body and shaking my head on the no, then counting out the letters on my fingers as i listed them off T-P-R. “Even as an experienced ESL teacher, I … More Too much TPR
“LOOK OUT!” I screamed as Nate’s basketball bounced off of the rim of the net and straight at a man with a small child. The man did not understand! The ball was hurtling towards him, there was no way to stop it! THUNK the ball made contact with the man’s head and fell to the … More Visa Run Number One
Drawing on my creative nature, I created magnetic thank you cards to send out to our wedding guests. Unfortunately, when ordering the cards I failed to take into account couples and families, and ordered enough thank you cards for each guest to have one! Two years later the box of extra thank you cards are … More VIPKID Prop Fiasco
Last winter the online ESL company I work for, VIPKID, launched a pilot program with the goal of implementing online education in rural schools across the country. As my pregnancy progressed and I prepared for the new element of chaos that would soon be entering my life, I received an interesting notification from VIPKID. The … More Jack Ma Foundation
It has almost been two years since I started working with VIPKID, the online English school that I am a contract ESL teacher for. I don’t have very many technical issues. Not anymore. But when I do they are the most frustrating experience. Sometimes my computer seems more like a non-compliant colleague then a piece … More The frustrations of an online lifestyle
It was very hot out and I quickly regretted the jean capris I was wearing. Nate and I had gotten up early for a trip to the market where we planned to restock our supplies of fresh produce. The long tables that used to hold the abundant supply of vegetables were gone, the covered market … More The Note and Tiny Broom
I was teaching my class, Papaya, about bathroom, so I had brought soap, shampoo, and toilet paper as props for class. The toilet paper was a convenient prop. Nate and I had both developed head colds so it came in handy well before class. “Do you need the medicine?” Candy asked me as my toilet … More Head colds are not fun.
Stop that treading, start that cherishing.
We knew there must be an entrance to the spring. Jinan was known as “The City of Springs” for a reason, and we had first spotted the pool of water during a hike up one of the hills near our apartment. While teaching English for a company called “Happy English”, we worked Wednesday- Sunday, but … More The Elusive Spring
I had a bad feeling about the day and did not want to get out of bed. I was to head to the West end of town, the location of a second branch of our ESL school, for training. Training with Happy English, in Jinan China, so far had been a disorganized mess. For two … More “Training”