Interview with Kelsey, Elise, & Ann
|Kelsey, Elise, Ann|
Ann: Five months
Elise: Yes! So far, I’ve taught two different versions of A Red Red Coat. I think it’s so fun and thoughtful, and the kids seem to enjoy it. I would like to see more.
Elise: I would say to first and foremost, have fun. Kids always know if you’re being genuine or not, and it will reflect in your classes. Second, props are your friend, no matter how few or how many. Even if your stuffed lion isn’t the kids’ favorite animal, a few little inanimate teacher’s assistants are always helpful to keep things lively! And finally, each class is a new class, and every 30 minutes is a new opportunity, so take the two to five minutes in between each class to clear your mind and open your heart. It’s always worth it!
Do you have any tricks to help boost your rating past 4.8?
Kelsey: I smile a lot! I also like to give lots of encouragement, high-fives, and "good jobs".
Elise: I think that the most important thing you can do to improve classes and ratings is to try your best to make a genuine connection with each student during class in some way. The kids want to know that they are cared about, and that’s what makes classes good and enjoyable for them over anything else. Asking them what they like when it comes to stickers, drawings, and props is always helpful too!
Elise: Yes, I was messaged on WeChat about it, and I watched the whole thing and (tried) to participate in the games! So much fun!