The Secret Ingredient For Learning Languages with Songs

Recently I have been teaching English online to students in China through a company called VIPKID. As a teacher, world traveler, and lover of languages, I like to experiment with ways to enhance language...

A Learning Philosophy to Follow

I’m that teacher who loves to makes funny faces with her students, to sing funny songs and to do crazy dance movements every time my student does something awesome. I love to see my...

Experience Magic at VIPKID

In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the Red Queen famously said, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.“ I recently realized that I not only get to believe six...

5 Effective Ways to Engage Students and Prepare for classes

I have a lot of experience teaching ESL and I have a Ph.D. in teaching English as a Second Language, BUT there are some tricks I have learned in my first few weeks at...

My journey with VIPKID!

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...

True VIPKID Star Students

In a movie, every year, children from the districts are selected to participate in a compulsory annual televised death match called The Hunger Games. We all love the trilogy, and some of you may...

The Beautiful Truth About Trial Classes

Imagine yourself, sitting at home relaxing in front of the television. You’re watching your favorite television show and all of a sudden, commercial time. Your hand reaches down to the couch to pick up...

Teaching Tip: Notice the Good by Naming the Behavior

“Great job!” “Awesome!” “You are amazing!” Don’t you like to hear those words when you’re working hard? I know I do. I definitely know children do. And all of us teachers wouldn’t be working for VIPKID...

From Stay-At-Home Mom to VIPKID Teacher

Morning after morning, I wake up, get my two boys off to school, and then prepare a fun-filled day with my toddler. As we are eating breakfast, I gaze out the window and my...

First Few Months With VIPKID

Last July, my husband and I moved from North Jersey, right across the Hudson River from New York City, to Phoenix.  I had a wonderful part time gig as an ESL teacher in the...

What does the VIPKID child think about during their first class?

Teacher Elayne explains how the VIPKID class feels through the eyes of a child. As teachers, one can often share with each other the nervousness of teaching an online class for the first time....

The “Take 5” Method

0:00. 0:01. 0:02. 0:03. The clock begins its count up to 25:00, and we launch headfirst into the lesson: Hellos, warm up, review, present, practice, produce, homework help, goodbye song, goodbyes… Sometimes class can feel...

Learning to love to teach young students

I have been out of the classroom for a while and I thought it might be amusing to be a VIPKID teacher. A bit of extra money, a nice structure to the day–why not?...

Closing the gap that technology might create

Technology: it is amazing. The age of technology in which we live has made it possible for VIPKID to exist and to reach so many kids throughout China. And it makes it possible for...

What to do to Encourage Good Behavior

We’ve all taught that one student who simply cannot sit down, scribbles across the screen or moves around so much that you feel like you’re getting vertigo. Here are my tips for how to...

The Firemen are Real

In mid October, teacher Beth joined the VIPKID team from her wonderful home classroom on the East Coast of Canada. Almost immediately she began learning some very crucial things. Check out what she learned! By...

5 Ways to Engage your Student!

Isn’t it scary when you meet someone for the first time? Well, maybe not. But, isn’t it scary if you’re a child, and you’re meeting someone online for the first time? And, this person...

George, an Unforgettable Student

  VIPKID has no shortage of polite, well-behaved, and well-mannered students, and that includes Trial students. However, I’m not going to talk about them today. Today, I’m going to talk about one of my most...

A Visit to VIPKID’s Headquarters in Beijing

VIPKID moved to the center of Beijing and our student William came to visit our new home! Let’s see what William saw in the visit to headquarters. William and his mother met VIPKID CEO Cindy...

5 Topics Kids Respond to, and a Few that Crash and Burn

Is there such a thing as universal topics for engaging children in learning? Maybe yes or maybe not. Hear from VIPKID teacher Beth what has worked (and failed terribly) in the classroom with our...