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Welcome to this site. I’m excited to share this awesome adventure with you. Throughout the weeks, I’ll be updating and designing this site more and more and hopefully post once a week about my experiences. If you like what you see, please FOLLOW me via email or WordPress for my latest updates. I’ll be happy for the follow, but you are not obligated to do so. ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t wait to share this experience with you as I become a better English, speaker, writer, and teacher.

If you like to have more information or are interested in signing up to teach yourself, you can signup here. However, if you are feeling uneasy about what the opportunity is about, feel free to request my information packet email. This is an email jammed packed with tips on how to pass and become a successful teacher.ย 

If you are ready to take the plunge and dive into all this fun, I just want to note, you must be prepared to make time for three interviews (One 25 minute intro interview and two 1 hour interviews) in a week’s time span.ย 

Any questions feel free to drop a comment below or use the contact form.ย 

What are you waiting for? Let’s get going!!! Students need us. ๐Ÿ™‚

See you all soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ And Happy Teaching!

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What is new at VIPKID? January 2019

Update: I just inserted a video below and shows you around the class room. I hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hi, everyone here’s a quick update, as I’m waiting on a student tonight. If they are a no show I still have to wait. We are doing the Voice of VIPKID classes. These are extra curricular courses that help students have more fun while learning words and actions.

However, today I want to talk to you about the Apps that VIPKID has to offer. They have three kinds of apps. We have the Teacher PC, iPad App, and iPhone (or iPod Touch) app. Each app does something slightly different. The main device I recommend using is the computer or a Yoga computer that is portable. You will want to use the Teacher PC app instead of the browser, due to stablity issues that the browser may have. I have had only 1 Teacher IT problem in the 660+ days I’ve been with VIPKID, and that was something to do with my headphones and the browser at the time.

The Teacher PC App looks something like this:

classroom tutorial

Here’s a video I just posted about the above classroom. ๐Ÿ™‚ :

It is very useful and it works streamline with little to no issues and they are always updating it with cool AR stickers or configuring the classroom to make it easy to manage. I particularly like the new way that came out yesterday. Plus we always get opportunities for gift boxes or tokens.ย  I will explain tokens in another post.

VIPKID just implemented the Start Class Button feature to the Teacher PC app and iPad apps. I’m not to keen on it, but I have adjusted. I just recommend using the free version of Many Cam to create our own camera cover so you have it up at the beginning of the start time, which is about 5 minutes before class. ๐Ÿ™‚ I may explain how to make a camera cover in an another post.ย  However, I definitely want you to use the Teacher PC app and that will make your life very easy.

The iPad app is nice, but isn’t as stream line as it could be. I’ve had to use it instances when my laptop shut down due to updates or I’ve had other issues pretainig to my computer, like sound. Although the iPad app is great, it lacks one feature. LANDSCAPE mode. The classroom is permanently in portrait mode and that is just not effective if you ask me. The students are able to do class in landscape but not the teachers. It is so weird, but it is true. I also don’t like the iPad app for another reason. You cannot fill Unit Assessments (UAs) out, only normal class feedback. NOT COOL if you are on the go. You’ll have to use Safari to get to the browser portal and fill it in. Hopefully that works, because the classrooms won’t due to a special plug in Safari does not have.

The iPhone (or iPod Touch) app is your organizing friend. It keeps you in the know. You can check your schedule, get alerts of bookings, updates, etc. You can even fill in normal feedback for classes on the go. However, as stated before, you CANNOT fill in UAs. This is such a drag because you never know when you will get a UA and you don’t want to be in this predicament.

So after all said and done, which Apps do I use the most. Well… The Teacher PC app and the iPhone app. Those are my two besties in theย  VIPKID world. I totally recommend getting and downloading these whether you have been with VIPKID from day one or just starting.

Well… Looks like a no show since I just typed all of this in one sitting but I have 15 minutes before can call class so… Yeah. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just got paid to type this up. lol

I hope to be posting more often as I try to create my schedule this year. I’ll see you next time. Maybe we will talk about Tokens and the Token Center next time. Talk soon.

Have a great day!

Happy New Year

Hi, everyone! I’m sorry I have not been posting as much as I should, but there are tons of cool things happening at VIPKID and I can’t wait to tell you about them. So hang tight and I’ll get to you guys.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Got questions drop a comment below.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Coming up

Hello, I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping you up on VIPKID, but some big things are happening and I can’t wait to share it with you. So if want to, please follow to be alerted when I post the special announcements.

Youtube Videos and more

Hello. Later this week I’m going to be posting some of my favorites. I’m in the process of creating a Youtube page for you all to watch videos and gets tips from me and my experiences at VIPKID. I don’t have too much to say about things nor am I an official mock teacher, but I hope if we can work together and gain referrals, I can get the opportunity to help you succeed.

Please be on the look out for this information and so much more. I’ll give you a tour of the PC Teacher App and some cool things to be on the look out for.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ Coming soon!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’d like more information about VIPKID, feel free to comment below and send me a message. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. ๐Ÿ™‚

A refreshing update.. 391 days and counting

Hi, I’m so sorry folks. I should be typing more on here to keep you up on all that is VIPKID.ย  However, I have failed and I am sorry, but I’m planning to change this and try to update at least once a week. I just got to motivate myself.ย 

Today marks 391 days since I started with VIPKID. I feel much more comfortable with this program and I’m thinking about starting with another company soon that is also owned by the same parent company as VIPKID. I’ll keep you updated on that. I just can’t believe I’ve been doing this for that long. I also have to say I think my mind feels differently about classes than it did when I started too. I use to feel like I had to prepare so much to do a class. However, now I just review the slides and notes and if there is something grammatically I don’t understand I try to look up before class or if I forget I look it up as I do classes. I always prepare for the grammar and for math, because both can be challenging due to the material.ย 

On Monday, this week, VIPKID announced the release of Level 7, which sounds really exciting. However, at this point in time, I’m not qualified for this level. I need to get a state teaching certificate and have some classroom experience. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m sort of sad about this because I don’t have these things, but I’m going to try to work on getting my TESOL this year. I also have several other things to announce that VIPKID has been releasing, but I’ll save those for another blog posting. ๐Ÿ™‚

On a personal update, I’ve been busy crafting away. If you haven’t seen my crafting blog check it out (#craftygabi #craftyintheberkshires) and myย craftingย  business instagram. I’ve been doing several commission projects. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  To keep up with my VIPKID and personal activities, please check out my personalย instagram page and please follow both accounts. I love to snap several shots a day if I can. I don’t always post, but when I’m bored I do. lol Would anyone be interested in me creating my own VIPKID Recruiting Facebook Page? Comment below if you’d all be interested in this idea. I hope that I can do some VIPKID videos and all kinds of stuff for you. I’ll be looking forward to seeing and chatting with all of you in the near future. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope to be able to come back to you next week and we’ll talk about some new features and my feelings on the VIPKID Interactive Level 1. ๐Ÿ™‚ See you soon.

I’ve you are interested in joining VIPKID or want more information, please shoot me a comment below, email me and I’ll send you an information packet, or DM me on instagram. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll eventually get back to you. I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Teaching!!!

 

Almost 180 days, And 10,000 minutes

Hi, everyone. Long time no blog, but I’m still teaching. I’ve been working most days and I was able to take a vacation for about 7 days. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m planning a review video of my latest adventure on my fun2test blog very soon.

Summer was a great time to get students, because I got to teach every other night a couple of classes. Peak times run from 9pm -10am EST every day from July-August !!! I even got Sunday Night classes although VIPKID did recommend it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I made over $1000 in July because of the option to have night classes and catch up on the classes I was going to miss. I can plan better for next summer as well.ย 

VIPKID even introduced there new summer classes. The TESOL classes were very different with a lot of independence on the child’s part. Very little talking from the teacher. It was for them to observe, do, reteach if necessary. Then at the end a free talk. ย That was fun! Then they had summer camp, which allowed younger and less experienced students to freshen up on free talk skills and some fun topics to cover.ย 

At this moment, I have a 4.96 apple standing with 92 parent feedback reviews. This is so important and so many parents forget to give you a rating. I try to think of creative ways in my feedback in order to get the parents to give me feedback back. ๐Ÿ™‚ My apples are so important to me.

I had a 5 apple rating up to my vacation, but I accidentally was too tired from my cruise and started yawning in class and rubbing my eye subconsciously. Oops! It will take me now 100 feedbacks to get my 5 apples back. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I’m trying hard and doing ย different teaching techniques that I saw from Nancy Taylor recently, to get more students to sign up and stay with me.ย 

Most of my students are regulars now! Yippee. I love my regulars and I always get them to laugh and laugh.ย 

In my next post, I’m going to post about the Peak Times that will be best based on your time zone and some groups to join once you get started. ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t forget to follow to stay up to date on the latest. I’m going to try to post more often. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you would like to sign up please click my link hereย (My Code is: 028RC8) and also snap me an email, if you need more information or feel a little nervous. If you sign up and join VIPKID, I’ll send you an information packet email jammed packed with information in order to succeed in the interview.ย 

That is all for now… Happy Teaching!!!