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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…

Six Totally Awesome Things You Can Do Between Classes

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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) Code FAXYWF. Six Totally Awesome Things You Can Do Between Classes1. Throw in a load of laundryOK- Doing laundry is not totally awesome. This is true. However, it’s got to be done at some point, right?  I remember the days of dragging myself through the front door at the end of a long school day, collapsing with my backpack still on while the dog lapped the sweat off my face, and then crawling to the laundry room to get a load going so that I wouldn’t still be folding at midnight. Now, however, with precision and the right choreography, I can flip those duds faster than…

New to Qkids? Here Are Five Tips to Help You Succeed!

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So, you’ve made the wise choice to work from home, teaching kids in China online. You’ve been selected by Qkids, among thousands of applicants because of your unique skills and abilities. Qkids is the best online ESL company in the industry, and they will train and prepare you to be the best teacher that you can be.  If you are new, chances are you’ve panicked, experienced stage fright, or encounter situations that you felt unprepared to handle. Maybe you haven’t even taught your first class, and you are preparing every little detail to rock it when you do. My name is Naomi, I’m a three-year veteran teacher and mentor, and I’m going to offer you five tips that will guarantee you success as a new teacher.1. Prepare by Practicing Pacing!  If you review the content of the lesson that you are assigned, you may be thrown for a loop when the class changes at the last minute. When reviewing the lesson, focus on the structure of the lesson and the number of slides. That way, no matter what les…

Creating a Happy Online Teaching Environment

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Hello! My name is Abigail Gordiany! I'm 24 years old and I have been working for Qkids for a year and seven months. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Communications but I am working on my career as an actress in the Orlando, FL area. I love working at Qkids because of the fun, friendly, and flexible work environment! Teaching students gives me great joy because our students have such a willingness and eagerness to learn. Creating a Happy Online Teaching Environment One of the best parts of being an online ESL teacher includes encountering children with various personalities in each and every class. Our students display silly, happy, and curious behaviors. This makes for a fun work environment and keeps us on our toes. You never know what you'll get!          Occasionally, students arrive at class with negative emotions and it's our job as teachers to create a fun environment for them to learn. We help them forget their sadness and make them smile with our antics. This past …

Keeping Those Fixed Students Engaged!

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Hello! My name is Michele Gillis and I have been teaching with Qkids for over a year. I live in Jacksonville Beach, FL with my family. I have two teenagers and also work as a freelance writer and an Avon Rep. I have to say Qkids is by far my favorite job! I have had a few different fixed students over the last year or so. Some stuck and some didn’t and that’s OK! Some wanted to go back to 1 v 4 and the others who knows?But, my longest student is an adorable 5-year-old who I see every Friday and Saturday night.Fixed StudentEvery time I see him, his beautiful smile just melts my heart! I have watched him grow and learn and it makes my heart so happy! During my regular classes I usually pull up stickers to review or use flashcards during the intros, but with a fixed student, that will get old quick.So, what I have been doing is either printing out pictures from items he struggled with or practice spelling words he had trouble spelling in the last class and quiz him during intros.It is awes…

7 Reasons Why Qkids Is the Only Company for Me

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Wow! It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since I started teaching children in China, from the comfort of my own home, with Qkids. My Name is Naomi, and I have a degree in English teaching, as well as about twenty years of experience teaching English and ESOL, both in the classroom and online.  About five years ago, a company contacted me through a job recruiting site called LinkedIn. They actually called me and explained that the position would be a remote, online teaching position for children and adults in China. It sounded too good to be true, but I decided to give it a whirl and hence discovered the rewarding and complicated business of online teaching. I’ll keep this as short as possible. I have worked for a total of about eight online ESL teaching companies. Qkids tops the charts, hands down. Here’s why:1. PlatformI have not seen a better platform at all. The platform is more interactive than any other that I know of, but it is not overwhelming or distracting for th…

The Top 5 Technical Problems and Their Solutions

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Hello! My name is Suzanne and I’ve been a Qkids teacher for over three years. I love working with kids of all ages and have been a high school teacher, preschool teacher, ski instructor for elementary kids, Girl Scout Leader, and more! In my spare time I hike, swim, bike and enjoy the outdoors with my husband and, when I can, with my two twenty-something kids. Qkids classes are awesome...except when you have tech issues! When I first started and I got a technical problem, it really stressed me out. I actually got a little panicky--my heart would race, my palms would sweat, and I felt like I had no control of the situation.Over time, I’ve learned what to do quickly and efficiently for these 5 common issues, and now I keep my cool, get back into class, and get to do what I came to do---teach!Problem 1: You can’t see or hear the students when you enter class.Solution: When you can see that students are in class and their avatars are “lit up” but you can’t see or hear them, you need to exi…

Silly Words

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Hi, I’m Teacher Laurie and I live in America. Do you live in China (said while holding up a Chinese flag)? This is how my mornings begin five days a week. I have been with Qkids for a year now and my happiness and contentment with this job keep growing. I love helping students learn English and assist them in developing accurate pronunciation. Over the past few weeks, I have had some hilarious interactions with many of my students. The following illustrates just a few of the words my students occasionally get confused about.Class #1 - Air FingerI was teaching the lesson about air conditioners. We were quickly going through the review section and then I introduced this new word to the four students in the class. They all enthusiastically repeated the word correctly. As the class progressed, I thought everything was going well until one adorable student shouted out “Air Finger” instead of Air Conditioner. After the briefest of pauses, all of us, including the student who said “Air Finger…