VIPKid Workshops: The Best Way to Level-Up Your Teaching Skills

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Teachers on the VIPKid platform will find endless resources at their fingertips to improve their teaching skills. Today, we want to share a small sneak peak at what the VIPKid universe has to offer teachers who are looking to learn what the world of online teaching is all about: innovative ESL techniques, how to market themselves to parents, or how to connect with students through the screen. Whether you are considering applying to VIPKid or are a current teacher who hasn’t explored our workshops yet, read on to learn more about the exclusive education opportunities we offer to our teachers – all for free!

For both new and veteran teachers, workshops provide valuable knowledge and skills. VIPKid currently offers more than 100 workshops every month taught by experts and fellow teachers, which means teachers are sure to find a topic and time that works best for their schedule. While workshops don’t need to be taken in a specific order, VIPKid provides an optional roadmap for new teachers to follow as they learn the ropes of online teaching. It suggests possible workshops in the first few weeks of their new teaching adventure. Workshops include topics such as:

  • Student Engagement
  • Teaching Letters, Sounds and Correcting Errors
  • Adapting to Students’ Different Learning Styles
  • Writing Effective Feedback
  • Maximizing Student Output

For example, in the Student Engagement workshop, a mentor discusses how online teachers can differentiate their engagement strategies for students at different proficiency levels. How do you engage a student with lower English proficiency versus a student with higher English proficiency? Teachers might need to utilize more non-verbal methods for a student with lower proficiency than with a student who has higher proficiency. Mentors discuss specific strategies for engagement too, such as setting up and using a reward system. Teachers also have the opportunity to share other tips and techniques with one another too.

For veteran teachers, leading workshops is another way to expand their skills and develop professionally. Workshops are run and led by experienced VIPKid teachers who have honed their online teaching skills and have a special interest in sharing their knowledge with the broader community.

As a significant number of workshops are offered daily, the workshops are run in relatively small groups where fellow VIPKid teachers are able to share their ideas and experiences also. While VIPKid teachers all come to the platform with prior experience in teaching, these workshops exclusive to VIPKid teachers help orient teachers to the world of online teaching. We created workshops to benefit VIPKid teachers and we love hearing their feedback.

  • Teacher Laura: “Workshops keep me moving forward and growing as a teacher. I have lots of experience, but we can always learn from one another!”
  • Teacher Amanda: “I am brand new and LOVE workshops. I have taken like 15 in the last 7 days. I love them because it is really helping me to understand VIPKid better, the platform, what parents are looking for, how to write feedback and how to engage the students better. Workshops are great for teacher growth!”
  • Teacher Carol: “I’ve taken several workshops. I love them because you get a new perspective on how others approach teaching and problems you may encounter. I have learned an incredible amount from other teachers and find workshops enjoyable!”

If you’re a VIPKid teacher, visit your teacher portal’s resources to look at upcoming workshops.

Let us know in the comments how workshops have benefited you as a teacher!

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  1. Attending workshops has helped remove some of the anxiety about teaching. I’m relatively new to VIPKid, and I feel prepared for whenever the bookings come! I’ve especially enjoyed the Student Engagement, Time Management, and of course, the Grammar Workshop with Teacher Shannon. Thanks for your hard work preparing these workshops!

  2. My favorite workshop so far? Couldn’t tell you. I need to repeat the digits effects one. I didn’t know a whole lot about – had never heard of – ManyCam before and I think I missed a bunch. Now that I have been using it I’d like to catch up and fill in the gaps I had the first time.

    The goes by swiftly. I have learned from the instructors and from my fellow teachers on my end of the workshop. The education available for us teachers at VIPKID is one of the reasons ( besides my students) I love VIPKID.

  3. I’ve taken lots of workshops while I’m waiting for more bookings to roll in. It’s hard to choose just one as my favorite! They have helped me immensely as a new teacher and given me the confidence that I can do this! I have especially enjoyed the Grammar workshop by Shannon M. She challenged me to step up my game in the classroom and to see class from the student’s perspective! Thank you to all the mentors how help us become better teachers! Teacher Jayne

  4. I am in my first week as a VIPKid teacher. I am using the Road Map and have added other classes that interest me based on the level I am certified to teach. Thank you for these resources – there is so much out there that it becomes overwhelming. As a new teacher the workshops have assisted me by pointing me to the most useful topics to build up confidence quickly.

  5. I love the workshops and appreciate a road map to help me figure out where to start and how to navigate through. Thank you!

  6. I have taken several workshops and plan to take many more. It is a great way to continue growing as a teacher and improving. I love hearing suggestions from other teachers in the group for what works for them and it helps to prepare me for issues that I encounter.

  7. I am a new VIPKID teacher learning as I go. These workshops are an awesome teaching tool for us that are still learning the ropes. THANKS!!!

  8. I just signed my contract last week, and have taken the New Teacher Kickoff Workshop, TPR, and time management. I have found them very useful, =)

  9. I have learned so much from the workshops They have provided me with ideas on how to present materials. They have explained some of the slides that I did not understand. They have helped me know the different ways teachers reward students at different ages. They have also helped me realize that we don’t all have to teach the lesson the exact same way. Teacher Rhonda PC

  10. This is my third day officially “on the job” and I’m very thankful for the workshops. I’ve taken three so far and have learned many new things including how this “alley” works 🙂

  11. I have taught several types of classes, from professional seminars to college level. VIPKid is the first education job I’ve had which offered free classes., and a couple of them result in professional certification. And they’re free! And the courses are truly relevant help me to give my students more effective education.

    I have never been offered free useful certification before, this is a great benefit! Thank you, VIPKid!

  12. I am new to Vip kid and have only taken the New teacher workshop and trial workshop. Both were great. I have so many more I want to take soon.

  13. I’ve been teaching for a year and half with VIPKid and love it! I love that they encourage us to uplevel our game too!

  14. The workshops that I have taken so far have been very helpful. At this point, the one that has helped me the most is “Marketing Yourself”. I was very unsure of what to do to get students, but the workshop was full of practical tips and strategies.

  15. I have only attended the new teacher workshop but have 3 more planned for this weekend. I can’t wait to continue learning and growing as a VIPKID!!

  16. I think one of my favorite workshops is “Student Engagement.” When I first started with VIPKID, I took this course because I BELIEVE getting the student involved in the learning process is one sure way of learning occurring! Students who are engaged in the lesson, tend to retain the information taught! HAPPY TEACHING! 🙂

  17. I have only had eight or so workshops, and I am a new teacher. The workshops really give you wonderful information and tips for all areas of teaching, and I appreciate them.

  18. I love taking workshops. I like to take the same workshop from different teachers for multiple perspectives. ALL the workshops are helpful!

  19. I have taken about 16 workshops so far. They are where I have learned a lot of information not only about the teaching, but about the company as well. I take something away from each workshop.

  20. Wow! I’ve only taken one workshop. I didn’t know there were so many good workshops on such great topics! I need to get busy!

  21. I appreciate the opportunity to learn from teachers who have been at it for a few years. They share experiences that I have not yet encountered.

  22. I was hired this year during Chinese New Year. Before I taught one class, I attended several workshops and took ten total in the first few weeks. They were incredibly helpful. I plan to take several more this summer. I have a list of the ones I want to take soon! One of the most helpful workshops was Student Engagement., but I really would rate all 10 as excellent.

  23. Wow! So informative. I have only taken a few workshops since I am still pretty new to vipkid! Favorite is def the manny Cam!

  24. I haven’t taken a workshop yet, but there are a couple for trials that I’d love to take as soon as I get certified for that type of class. They seem really helpful!

  25. I am really thankful for the workshops. I have learned a lot from them. Several questions and anxieties I had as a new VIPkid teacher were taken care of through the workshops. I felt that the Time Management one was helpful as that was something I needed tips on. However I have taken something away from all those I attended. They are a wonderful resource!

  26. I had a student that would continually fall asleep in class. I had done everything to keep her awake and even had the fireman call mom to come wake her up. The issue was she was eating right before, and often during class, late at night and falling asleep. I needed help finding a solution other than making her do exercise and walking around. I joined a workshop and shared my issue. I was given this wonderful advice, continue with the lesson as if the student were awake and listening and then mom or dad can play it back when she is awake to finish her objectives at a better time. This really helped. Now I no longer struggle with keeping her awake, and by coincidence she has no longer been falling asleep. Love Teacher Linda BAK

  27. Workshops are great for me to learn tips and tricks, and just to get comfortable being on camera. I am looking forward to using workshops to help me re-enter the classroom after a break.

  28. I have enjoyed the workshops tremendously! I have taken four and will be taking three more in the next few days. They are very informative!

  29. I have enjoyed the workshops tremendously in my first full week as a VIPKID Teacher! I have taken four and will be taking three more in the next few days.

  30. Taking workshops has given me great ideas to use in my teaching and I’m gaining confidence in the process.

  31. I took more than 20 workshops before I taught a single class, then I re-took many of the same ones after teaching a few classes and learned what I missed the first time around!

  32. I jave enjoyed the few workshops I’ve taken and found them helpful. Now that the brick and mortar school year is ending, I look forward to taking more.

  33. I’m looking forward to all I can learn from the great workshops out there. Time Management sounds especially beneficial!

  34. I love taking workshops. Sometimes I get so into what is being discussed that the time is gone way too fast. I learn so much from both the instructors and the questions others asks.

  35. I attended the new teacher workshop and it was by far the best learning experience ever! I took it before I ever had a student and it really helped me to feel more confident when I did book some students. I would be interested in taking it again now that I have been teaching for a few weeks

  36. I would highly recommend VIPKid workshops for the beginner as well as seasoned teacher. The workshop have several techniques for teaching. I have gotten so many ideas and teaching tips from other teachers. I have taken the same workshop by different teachers. We all have our on learning styles. I always feel fresh and ready to start teaching with all of my new ideas.

  37. So many excellent workshops – I have found them extremely helpful and will continue to take them – to obtain new ideas and techniques!

  38. I have attended many workshops and have found them very helpful, The new VIP teacher gave a ton of tips that I used right away.

  39. I have taken many workshops when I first began! They were very helpful in helping me to become the online teacher I am today! I am amazed at the opportunities VIPKID supports their teachers with to continue growing!! Thank you for this post which has provoked thoughts of returning to more workshops to catch another growing spurt for the classroom!!

  40. The classes I have taken so far have been very helpful. I am looking forward to taking the TPR class today as well as many more.

  41. I’ve been amazed at the number of workshops that VIPKid offers. All the workshops have helped me to feel more comfortable in the classroom!

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