Too much TPR

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

VIPKID Prop Fiasco

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

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