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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…

The Impact Qkids Has Had on My Life?

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Hello, my name is Sandra Morales, but my students call me Teacher Sandy. I have been working for Qkids for a little over a year. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and have worked with students of all ages since my graduation. My favorite student will forever be my son, whom I home-schooled for two years.  Education has always been important to my family. In terms of short-term goals, I obtained my 120 Hour TESOL Certificate to be better prepared to teach my Qkids students. When it comes to my long-term goals, I plan to be an excellent blog writer for Qkids along with teaching a full schedule. Within the next two years, I plan on working towards my Master's Degree in English.  What Is the Biggest Impact Qkids Has Had on Your Life?The Qkids CultureThe United States of America has often been referred to as the "melting pot". Early in history immigrants from all countries came to the United States seeking freedoms and opportunities. Growing up in the United States I have…

Being a Troll and the Benefits of Singing in Class

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Tiffany Gates is a 30-year-old homeschooling mother of 3 young children aged 7, 5, and 3. She spends her spare time training dogs, teaching people, and dabbling in a ton of her small hobbies. Her favorite drink generally consists of caffeine and her favorite season is Fall or Spring, depends on when you ask.  WAKE UP, KOBY! Every morning I wake up, toss on a nice shirt, throw my hair up, dab on a bit of lipstick and start to rock and roll. I log into the Qkids platform, throw back some espresso, and enter the class. It’s 06:35 EST. 

If you know me, I am NOT a morning person. At least I wasn't until I started teaching ESL. I like to sleep... a lot... I'm somewhat akin to a grumpy old troll without significant amounts of coffee, according to my 5-year-old. Truly I think of the scene in the "Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with the Goblin King" when he tells me these things: Upping the JoyAs my students enter the classroom I wave and sing "Hello" and then "let&…

Try Though You Might - How to Overcome

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My name is Rebecca Frostad, and I am a 36-year-old married mother of one precocious 20-month-old. We are currently working on immigrating to Canada, where my husband is from. I have been teaching with Qkids for a year, and it has been an exciting and growing experience. I hope that my posts will be something that readers can find amusing, enlightening, and relatable.  Try Though You MightHave you ever had that class where it seems that no matter how hard you try, it doesn't go right? A student is having a rough day and decides to be uncooperative in class, the media connection keeps failing, or a child has the worst echo ever? You give all that you can give, and yet you just know those red tags are coming your way.
You can be an amazing teacher, but one student's attitude makes you wonder (in the words of Mulan's grandmother):
We've ALL been there. So what do you do about it? In the end, there's only one thing you can do after the fact: move on from that class.
*sigh…

Teaching for Qkids has been a LIFESAVER!

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Hello! My name is Elaina, and I would like to share my story with all of you- current and prospective Qkids teachers. First, let me tell you a little about myself: I am a musician: I play the piano, the flute, and I sing. I love reading, gardening, crochet, sewing, anything DIY, and I am a creative butterfly. (This has worked well as an online teacher!)
I was born and raised in Idaho. After graduating from the University of Utah, I moved to California where I worked in marketing and met my husband, Mike. Guess what? He was from Idaho, too! We got married, had our oldest child, Olivia, and after he finished graduate school, we moved to Boise, Idaho. We adopted our two younger children, Dylan and Isha, and our family was complete. I worked as the Executive Director of Idaho Opera until I decided I wanted to be home full-time with all my kids.
During my “full-time” mom adventure, I completed a second B.A. and M.A. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. I took a position at an alternativ…

Qkids Games and How You Can Extend Your Lessons

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My name is Chayla Soden. I am a current Qkids teacher from the United States. I am passionate about my active studies of English Writing and Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. I am a stay-at-home mom of my son, Brett. I have a male Rottweiler and a female German Shepherd, one rescue cat, and two prairie dogs. Most of us who start working for Qkids take the games at face value. We don't think anything of them. They're fun for the kids, easy to do and make the lessons much more immersive for both the teachers and the students. What more can you expect from them?
I’m here to let you in on a little secret: there are more from those Qkids games than you originally thought! You might just be clicking through them with your students, grateful for a second to stop teaching. Read on for ideas to help you better the classroom experience for you and your students through Qkids games! Play Again! The Lucky Machine is one game that you can play again and again. The Qkids games are fun and e…

Teacher Tips: How to Expand Section 0

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Hi there Qkids teachers and friends who are interested! My name is Teacher Alissa, I have been teaching with Qkids since July 2018 and I have enjoyed working with the company. With flexible hours, a great support system, and great kiddos, what more could you ask for? A little bit about me: I'm a current teacher in a small town in Canada, I'm a stay-at-home wife to a loving husband. My passions include learning about different languages and cultures, playing board games, and volunteering in my free time.
Today I’ll be giving some tips on how to expand in Section 0!


They say that first impressions are lasting and that couldn’t be truer in this case! This time is very important in classes as teachers are meeting students, and students get an idea of what their teachers are like. Qkids gives an opportunity to create relationships with your students in Section 0 (before the actual lesson starts). It is encouraged to log into your class at 3-5 minutes before the lesson starts to meet …

How Props Can Make For a Great Teaching Tool

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Nick Nebelsky is an author, illustrator, and publisher of children’s books and games at Intense Media (www.intensemedia.com). He has spent most of his career in the media arts but in his early years was able to work with children in various capacities. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Brockport in Brockport, NY. He’s married with three children, two dogs, and loves to travel. He is also learning to play the piano and the guitar and hopes to be able to write his own children’s songs. CreativityI've always relied on my creativity to get by in life and with Qkids, my creativity flourishes. In every class, I try to incorporate at least one prop into my lessons. Whether it's during my five-minute introduction or throughout the class. I find them both useful to illustrate a concept and entertaining.
My “go-to” prop is my “Rabbit in the Hat.” The kids LOVE HIM and I think that's why I try to incorporate him into every lesson. I can almost guarantee that at least one child wi…