“How many times do you think Ryan will cry today?” Jason asked. “I don’t know. Maybe he won’t cry today,” Replied Michelle. “I bet he’ll cry five times. How many do you think?” “Um I think maybe only two.” “Ok, loser owes the winner a massage.” “In a massage parlour?” “No. Loser will give the … More The Moon Cake Festival 2013: misconceptions of man
“Pigeons are pets,” I said into my fake microphone, and then held the microphone up to the computer with one hand, and held the other hand to my ear. 24 11 year old children stared back at me from my computer screen, their faces expressionless. “Pigeons are pets,” I said once again, indicating to them … More Pigeons are pets.
“GOOD JOB!” I clapped and cheered as my 7 year old student, Carl matched the correct image, a picture of one of our VIPKID, (the online ESL company I work with) characters, Meg, with the word she. “YEAH!!” I screamed as he drew a line from the character Mike to the word he. I held up … More F*** FACE: mispronunciation with disastrous results.
I was talking to another VIPKID blogger from wanderdolls about the need for a travel sized VIPKID Dino puppet. I’ve taken matter into my own hands and I have designed this guy! Materials: Yellow construction paper Markers, pencils, erasors Either a laminator or cardboard and glue STEP 1: Draw Dino on yellow construction paper. Here is a … More DIY Dino Puppet
When I started teaching with VIPKID, September of 2015, all we were required to teach was an internet connection and a blank wall. Teachers used to conduct their one-on-one English lessons with their computer perched on their lap, while sitting on their couch, or even cross legged on their bed. I sometimes used to stretch … More The challenges of proper lighting
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