Day One

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“One student (my favorite from today, actually) was in a sulk. She didn’t want to come to the camera. She practiced emphatically saying, “I am NOT feel good.” with her mom, in preparation for when I would ask how she was.”

By Kate Christian

Today was my first day as a VIPKID teacher. Although I have 15 years classroom experience, and have taught ESL students from all over the world, I was a little nervous. How would I manage this new format? I had five classes scheduled back to back. Would I be able to leave feedback for all of them and still be on time?

One of my favorite things from today was seeing the faces of my students on camera before my lessons started. One little boy was growling and making monster faces while watching himself on his computer. One little girl looked nervous as she fidgeted in her chair. Another girl looked exhausted—drooped across her desk, fanning herself. One student (my favorite from today, actually) was in a sulk. She didn’t want to come to the camera. She practiced emphatically saying, “I am NOT feel good.” with her mom, in preparation for when I would ask how she was. She slid under the desk and hid when she saw the first slide load. But when I appeared on camera, she popped up and was all smiles. When I asked, “How are you?” she told me, “I’m FINE! Thanks!”

And, I was fine, too.

Some of my classes felt a little rushed to me, but everything was covered. The little boy who had been making monster faces was having his very first lesson. He was very excited to type numbers. So, when we finished the lesson ppt, we spent some time learning English number words. He was thrilled. The girl who had been sprawled all over her desk in exhaustion pulled out a notebook and wrote down new vocabulary as I taught. My nervous little girl was enchanted with my monkey puppet and was delighted to earn bananas for it. It was a really fun morning.

I know the alarm is going to go off really early tomorrow. But I’m looking forward to it. I can tell already that teaching for VIPKID is a job that I will love.


Kate has been teaching with VIPKID since May 2015.

To become a VIPKID teacher, please click here.

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