Weekend Series —- Memorable Moments at VIPKID (II)

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If you missed part one, check here. It was pretty funny.

By Michelle Tang


Part Two — The Awkward Moments

Apparently, a dad walked by without a shirt on, not having realized that his daughter was in class. “He walked a little faster once he noticed,” the response says. Well, that’s understood —  he wanted to escape the scene. But the funny thing is, “when he walked by again he was wearing a shirt.” And then the dad spoke to the mom and they started laughing, which probably made it feel ok for the tutor to laugh a little too.

Here’s another one for you. During a trial class, a student’s entire family, that’s grandparents, aunts and uncles and all, sat around watching intently. While getting to “r” for robot, our teacher decides to act like a robot (this is why we love you guys). They said “I am a robot” with funny movements. Well according to this teacher, all eighteen, EIGHTEEN, of her relatives chimed in saying “I am a robot.” It must’ve been a good time.

 

“I had a lesson once and the mom repeated everything I said before the son did.  He kept looking at his mom with a frustrated look. I tried to ask her nicely to let him answer on his own, but it continued throughout the lesson even with the student waving her off!”

 

“I once taught a child who was in the bathroom. It was ok until I saw everyone in the background. The mother putting her make-up and the naked brother who was about to use the toilet.”

 

“I had a lesson once and the mom repeated everything I said before the son did.  He kept looking at his mom with a frustrated look. I tried to ask her nicely to let him answer on his own, but it continued throughout the lesson even with the student waving her off!”

 

“I had a new experience last week. I arrived at the classroom a few minutes early, and the student’s camera was already on. Like a driver at a pit stop, the parents were helping him prepare for the next lap, giving him something to drink, etc. Then the boy stood up, and I heard the distinct sound of him peeing, into a glass I assume. He looked at the camera, and I think the thought passed through his mind that maybe someone on the other end could hear what was going on (thankfully, I could ONLY hear). What was a self-respecting teacher to do? What else but wait a respectable amount of time after he had finished, then turn on my camera and act like nothing had happened. :)”

 

“Awkward moments do, however, exist. I once asked a boy to “dance,” (perhaps after asking him to read or swim or run in a warm up). This boy, gaining a burst of out-of-character energy, jumps up on the bed behind him and begins to breakdance, hip-hop style. Hilariously, he was wearing his one-piece nighty (and was probably 10 or 11 years old). I actually had to call him back to the computer to carry on with the lesson.”

 

Ever experienced technical difficulties in your lessons? Well, sometimes they make great stories.

 

A technical issue made a boy’s voice sound like batman. “The lesson was on hamburgers and other ‘h’ words,” the teacher says. “He kept saying ‘I want a hamburger’ in a deep batman voice.”

 

But having a computer and the wireless separating the student and teacher can make for simply adorable scenarios as well.

 

Then there’s the response that simply reads, “my student’s camera was upside down the entire class.”

 

 

About Michelle:

Michelle Tang was an intern at VIPKID in the summer of 2016. A graduate of Palo Alto High School in California, Michelle was a staff writer on her school’s feature magazine Verde, and previously interned at the digital magazine Ozy Media based in Mountain View, CA. She loves cheesecakes and enthusiastically advocates for a VIPKID office dog. She is currently attending Columbia University.

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