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
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
I am taking my online classroom South with me for new adventures! I am going to try doing some teaching while I travel, and hopefully I will get a few posts up during my trip. If not I’ll catch you up on the happenings when I get home.
“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
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
I had a new student in my online classroom. He is only five years old, and he is a beginner. I like to start my class with a greeting so I waved my hand and said slowly “Hello, my, name, is, teach-er Jenn-if-er,” I paused, then prompted my student by saying “Hello, teacher, Jenn-if-er,” and … More Teacher “number 4”