HELLO…HOW ARE YOU?
This is how I start my mornings everyday. Waking up early in the morning and NOT having to worry about using up gas, fighting traffic, finding parking, and dealing with people on a daily basis who probably get on your nerves, to waking up to happy adorable faces has definitely been a blessing for me. I never thought I would love a job where I can be myself, (which is 99% of the time goofy) while making money. Every day I look forward to the new faces I get to teach, and the familiar faces as well. Working with VIPKID has its up and downs of course, like most jobs. But for the most part, a lot of good. I mean who wouldn’t want to make almost $20 an hour interacting with children from another culture and teaching them English through singing, laughing, using. puppets, props, etc.
By Teacher LaTasha H
I found that my students tend to love when I use my bubble gun to shoot bubbles at the screen. The looks on their faces is priceless.I remember my first lesson on Dec 21, just as few days before Christmas, as if it were yesterday. I was so nervous, my heart was pounding. I was sweating under my arms like crazy. I kept thinking, “What if they don’t like me?” “Is my hair ok?” “Do I have something in my teeth?” “Will they think I am weird?” All these thoughts, plus a thousand more kept running through my head, But as soon as I turned on that camera and saw a little face starring at me with a huge smile, all that anxiety I had slowly went away.
At first, I was not sure how I was going to feel or act teaching a class as early as 5 am. This is because, I am NOT a morning person. So the thought of having to wake up at the crack of dawn and have to be super cheerful and smiling was nerve wrecking. I struggled a few times and had to force my self to wake up early enough to prepare myself. Tip-toeing through my room trying to be as quite as a mouse and not disturb my neighbors or children was definitely a challenge. Sometimes I find myself running around like a chicken without a head trying to quickly get dressed, brush my teeth, and log in to class. This is why it is VERY important to give yourself at least an hour before class time to be better prepared.
I will admit that the first few months of working here were a bit frustrating because I was not getting booked as much as I would like to be. The most students I would have booked in a week would be 5-10. I decided to market myself by posting a few stories and songs, which all were published, I was so happy about the great news and hoped that this would help my booking (which it did).
This job is not just about teaching, but selling yourself as a teacher.So every class you teach whether trial or major, you are “marketing” yourself for a great company. Just picture owning a business doing hair. If you want people to get to know you better and bring in more clients. You will do whatever it takes to get your name out there, from business cards, videos, creative websites, and more. The same goes for working with VIPKID. You are representing a company that is growing more everyday. When I started, there was only about 400 teachers. Now there is more and more competition all around you. So if you want to be that teacher the students and parents will never forget, than you will do all that is necessary to make that happen.
It is now the month of May, making this my 6th month with VIPKID. I went from having only 5 or 10 students a week, to 30 to almost 40 students a week now. I must admit, that I have learned so much about myself since working here. And everyday with VIPKID continues to be a new learning experience. I hope I can be a teacher here for many more years to come. I will be moving to Japan next year, and hope to continue to be the great teacher VIPKID has helped me to become.