What I Do Between Classes:

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Whatever happens between classes, be it a sprint, snack, or scramble, I find the most important thing is to find a way to press re-start on my brain after each “Goodbye,” so I can be fresh and full of energy for each and every “Hello!”

By Megan Sadler

Like all VIPKID teachers, when everything in my schedule runs smoothly, I have just under five minutes to transition from one class to the next. After clearing my feedback and prepping my next class, I strive to find a way to freshen up for each new student. I’m a better teacher when I approach each class as my first of the day, so what to I do to accomplish this?

Most likely scenario one…

…sprint to the bathroom. My husband and I only have one bathroom in our apartment, and it is “China style,” meaning that the shower and the toilet share cramped quarters. If I hear him showering, it might mean that when my class is over I’m hollering, “Get out! I have to pee!”

In the event no bathroom break is needed…

…power snack! I usually go for a few raisins or a bite of cookie to give me the surge of sugar needed to make my ‘Hello Song’ melodies soar.

After a few classes, I probably need…

…a micro-yoga sesh. I’ve never been one for sitting over protracted periods, and I love that working with VIPKID means I don’t have to. My husband and I are moving soon, and I hope to invest in a standing desk (and maybe get an apartment with a better bathroom situation). In the meantime, I relieve the pressure on my back that comes from sitting with a quick yoga pose. I usually stretch back into downward-facing dog, but sometimes I’m in the mood for the energizing rush of blood to my head that a headstand provides. Now that I’m thinking of it though, I wonder if my students would find it funny if I greeted them from upside down!

When something goes terribly wrong…

…I’m power-cleaning! This is rare, but sometimes my klutziness gets the best of me, and I only have a few moments to problem solve. A few weeks ago, I was teaching the letter “I” and it’s associated vocabulary. To teach the word “ink” I wanted to show my student a neat looking glass bottle of calligraphy ink. I opened the lid and rotated the bottle in my hand so that he could take in the beauty of its glistening ebony surface. But, when I put the bottle down, it turned, and suddenly my desk, my arms, and my keyboard were soaked in a black, sticky mess! After that class, I did my best to quickly clean all surfaces, and luckily nothing suffered permanent damage.

In the event I don’t have time to get away from my desk…

…I always, always make sure I take off my headphones and relax my ears.

Whatever happens between classes, be it a sprint, snack, or scramble, I find the most important thing is to find a way to press re-start on my brain after each “Goodbye,” so I can be fresh and full of energy for each and every “Hello!”

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