Jack Ma Foundation

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

Red-Bicycle part 2

I taught Vern in my online classroom again today.  Now in case you missed red-bicycle part 1, in our shapes section Vern has been calling the triangle “bicycle” and the rectangle “red-bicycle”. We are now moving on to the transportation unit, and so I had my laminated car, train, airplane, and bicycle out as teaching props. Conveniently … More Red-Bicycle part 2


I have spent the past year and a half working for an online ESL company called VIPKID. One of our beginner level units focuses heavily on shapes and shape patterns. The classes are one on one, using a live video screen and a PPT style lesson that both the student and I can draw on. … More Red-bicycle

Bog the Hog on a Log

“Do you want to say hello to the dog?” I asked the bubbly, gap toothed, eight year old girl who was peering at me through my computer. In my online teaching classroom (which is really just a corner of my small apartment) my students’ favorite moments is when I bring my dog, Ollie, into the … More Bog the Hog on a Log

Bathroom etiquette

One lovely weekday morning I woke up bright and early and signed into my teacher’s portal in order to begin my four hour stretch of classes. Eric, a student I’ve had for quite some time, was eager as always to see me. He started off as my quietest student, with me constantly recommending that he … More Bathroom etiquette