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7 Tips for Teaching English Online

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7 Tips for Teaching English OnlineTeaching online brings with it a whole new world of challenges and complications that traditional education didn't have to deal with. But while the occasional technical issue can make a lesson frustrating to teach, overall the pros outweigh the cons. But how do you squeeze out the best in your classes as an online teacher? Listed here we have7 tips for teaching English online.

1. Let the Students Do the Work This one almost seems obvious but it’s a fact of teaching that unless we self-monitor, teachers can end up giving students the answers rather than leading students to them. The more time a student engages with the materials the more they will learn. With this in mind don’t feel pressured to rush students to the answer. This may deprive them of the chance to make a deeper connection with the materials. Yet, even though you may guide students to answer more independently, it is still important to present new words for all levels, to prompt stude…

Five Things Students Do That Make Me Laugh

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Hi! I am Teacher Marissa. I work for Qkids part-time and am a professional actress. I have been with Qkids for less than a year and I love teaching online and the flexibility it gives me. I am a night owl, so I love teaching at night. Kids say the darndest things! Here are some of my favorite stories from teaching for Qkids: 1. PetsStudents often want to show me their pets before or after class. As an animal lover, I never object. Sometimes, if the lesson is about animals, I’ll ask if they have a pet. One class, all four students had turtles. They even showed me! I have been shown a cat, a bird, and a dog. 2. Stuffed AnimalsA lot of students bring their stuffed animals to class. Usually, if a student has a Koby or Momo stuffed animal they are very excited to show me. Sometimes, during speaking areas of the lesson, I encourage them to use their stuffed animal as a puppet to speak. It adds a little fun to the learning. Then, I’ll use my Koby or Momo cutout to speak back as the characters. …

5 Things I Wish I Had Known That Would Have Made Me Join Qkids Sooner!

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5 Things I Wish I'd Known That Would Have Made Me Join Qkids Sooner!I'm Julie and I'm an online teacher with Qkids. I've been a germ sharing teacher for many years in the wonderful State of Maine, but now I'm taking my show on the online road with Qkids! Please join me on this adventure, and if you like what you see, feel free to use my referral code and I'll lend a hand to pull you on board! (https://teacher.qkids.com/ref?code=FAXYWF) 1. No one can see the back of your hair.Literally everyone in online teaching snickers about teaching in their shorts, sweatpants, or even jammie bottoms, but have you ever thought about your hair? When I began with Qkids, my morning routine consisted of all the primping and tweeking needed so as not to be jeered at by my normal middle school judges (I mean students). Then one day, as I happened to look sideways, I realized that with headphones, the back of my head is never visible! Now, not only can I sleep an extra five minutes,…

Basics That All Qkids Teachers Need to Know

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Hi! I am Teacher Marissa. I work for Qkids part-time and am a professional actress. I have been with Qkids for less than a year and I love teaching online and the flexibility it gives me. I am a night owl, so I love teaching at night. Here are a few basic tips I compiled for new teachers that I wish I had all in one place when I first started:

What Do I Do When…?Tech issues? Can’t see students? Don’t panic! Unplug your headset and replug or exit the classroom after 3 minutes in (so you don’t get kicked out) and that usually fixes all of my problems. CCT is also always there for assistance and they are super helpful.
If you are having sound issues with a higher-level group, you can always write them a note to explain what is happening.
If you have an empty class, wait 10 minutes, then take a screenshot just in case there was a mix-up and leave. Who Are All These Characters?In lower levels, we have our two main characters: Koby Koala and Momo Monkey. There is also Wade Wolf, Frank Fox, Dory…

Equipment Starter Pack for Qkids Teachers

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Hello Everyone! Teacher Suna here from Toronto, Canada. I’ve been teaching with Qkids for over a year now. 



(No affiliate links appear in this article. The specific items mentioned in this article are simply suggestions from a Qkids teacher and not requirements.)
Here’s a “teacher starter pack” I created that shows you all the must-have equipment you should consider to get started on your Qkids Teacher journey. If you’re a seasoned teacher, you might consider these products if you’re looking for an upgrade or addition to the technology you already use. I have provided links to all the products in this blog with options for both the United States and Canada. All the products I have listed below are $25 USD or less!
Let’s get started! Headset with a MicrophoneYou will need some sort of headset with a microphone to teach classes. This can be either a wireless headset or one with a cord. I personally use a headset with a wire that has a mute/unmute button and volume adjustment. Here are two o…

Dude! High-Five! (TPR in Qkids Online Classroom)

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I'm Julie and I'm an online teacher with Qkids. I've been a germ sharing teacher for many years in the wonderful State of Maine, but now I'm taking my show on the online-road with Qkids! Please join me on this adventure, and if you like what you see, feel free to use my referral code and I'll lend a hand to pull you on board! I promise it will be germ-free! (https://teacher.qkids.com/ref?code=FAXYWF)
As a middle school teacher, the High-Five was a quick, easy, and fun way to connect with students. Walking down the hall, after an accomplishment, or at the end of a long day. But then… it became dangerous! Our fingers became public enemy number one. Who knew what vile and infectious critters had taken up residence on those 11-year-old digits? Where had they been? What exposures had they had? How long had it been since they had been washed? Who knew that a simple hand gesture could be so hazardous?
Enter Qkids! I’ve only been teaching online with Qkids for a handful of …

13 Things to Do Between Classes

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Hello world! My name is Teacher Rae and I have been teaching with Qkids for 2 years! I can usually be found during classes sporting these flower glasses and a big smile and here’s what I’m up to when I’m not teaching! This is truly the best job ever and I am excited to share a little glimpse into what my breaks from teaching look like.


1. Yoga A great stretch for the body, especially after sitting in an uncomfortable chair for quite a few classes.

2. Stare OutsideI especially like to do this when there is a beautiful sunrise or sunset going on!

3. Have a SnackUsually, I go grab some berries or some cheese. One time I even tried to bake a microwave mug cake… (all I need to say is that the timer was beeping for most of my next class).

4. JournalThis is my new favorite 5-minute pass time. As I try to cultivate a life of more gratitude and mindfulness, I will take the little breaks to write out things I am grateful for (teaching for Qkids and seeing the kids I teach smile seems to make the li…

Qkids Teacher Tips: How To Extend Those Lessons.....

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My name is Jennifer. I have been teaching with Qkids since July of 2018. I have a diverse background.  I have a degree in Physical Therapy, am certified as a health coach, TESOL teacher, and Hoop Love Coach (hula hooping teacher) and have a license in physical therapy. Some jobs that I have had, or currently have, ranged from being a toddler teacher, circus performer/teacher, health coach, physical therapist assistant, home educator, and more. I continue to work on my studies and believe learning is a life long adventure. 


How To Extend Those Lessons.....Oh, no...what do I do now? We have all been there at one point or another. You get to the last slide in your lesson to find out that you have some time left to fill. If you are a newer teacher, this may bring you into a panic mode. This may be the one thing you don’t want to happen. You need to think quickly and improvise to extend your lesson. As a veteran teacher, I want to offer you some suggestions.  Tip 1: Make NotesOne thing I do …