VIPKID Has Your Back

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By Roy Florey

We all have our challenges to teach for VIPKID whether is it technical or physical.u00a0 If you are in California, you are getting up to teach at 2am.u00a0 I am on Thai time so I am only an hour behind China but I also have challenges.

During the day I teach at a high school downtown while I put in my time each night at VIPKID.u00a0 To get home, I have to leave my building for a ten minute walk to the subway.u00a0 I catch one train that takes me to the Skytrain for several more stations, packed in like a sardine.u00a0 I then have to run down to the street where my wife drives through Thai traffic to pick me up for another 30 minute or so drive through total chaos.u00a0 For a month, we had it down to a system and then I had my Thursday night.

My wife wrote to say that our internet was down and also she wouldnu2019t be able to pick me up at the usual place.u00a0 I would have to catch a bus that I canu2019t read the sign and communicate with a driver who canu2019t speak English to verify that he can take me where I need to go.u00a0 My school also had a speech contest that afternoon, which got me out of the office 30 minutes late.u00a0 I rushed out of the building only to remember I had forgotten my computer cord so I took the elevator back up seven floors, got the cord and ran to the train.

I Skyped my fireman while I was standing on the skytrain.u00a0 I told him my problem with the internet but that I should be able to teach using my phoneu2019s WIFI but that I would have a slower signal.u00a0 u201cShould I reschedule you?u201d he asked.

u201cNo, I can do it,u201d I replied, crossing my fingers.

I caught the bus only to get off and stand waiting among motorcycle taxis and the smell of Thai meats roasting, until my wife got me.u00a0 We rushed home and I only had a little time to prepare.u00a0 Fortunately, I had already reviewed the lesson earlier in the day.

My first student was great.u00a0 She played along with me and the lesson was going great and then I disappeared from the screen.u00a0 My fireman said, u201cLog in.u00a0 Where are you?u201d

u201cIu2019m hereu2026just trying to refresh.u201d

u201cWant to cancel?u201du00a0 And then I came back online.u00a0 I managed to teach my two classes with a smile on my face all the while still crossing my fingers and hoping for success.u00a0 I disappeared a few more times, though I was always able to recover.

My fireman was there the entire time, watching me teach and keeping an eye on my lesson.u00a0 We even had a nice chat after.u00a0u00a0 I explained what it meant when the old man bumped his head and went to bed and didnu2019t get up in the morning from the closing song.

So when you feel like there is too much against you some days, perhaps you should reschedule, but remember there are people here to back you up.u00a0 Students depend on you.u00a0 The parents depend on you and VIPKID is there to help you.

Just keep smiling.

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