Qkids is a leading online education platform that connects North American English teachers with over 500,000 Chinese students from ages 4 to 12 years old. Founded in 2015, Qkids has become a national leader in cross-cultural online learning and established offices in Shenzhen, Xiamen, Guangzhou, and Beijing. The company has completed its Series B financing round led by IDG Capital and is poised to build lasting growth across the world.
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When Teaching Meets Life
Today, more fun from the Qkids classrooms. We know some really funny situations arise in class, so we asked Julie to share a story with us.
Julie is a work-from-home, homeschooling mom of three young boys. She is a marketing executive for a U.S. based online shopping club and earned her master’s degree in Environmental Studies. Her family is active in Cub Scouts and enjoys camping and gardening together.
Meet Qkids Teacher Julie
A Funny Story
As a work-from-home homeschooling mom, I enjoy spending most of my time with my kids. We love spending our time outdoors and learning about nature and wildlife. We like watching the seasons change throughout the year and exploring unique elements for each season. Currently, we are more than ready for warmer weather to allow us more time to play outdoors. Now that we have established my love for nature and the outdoors, let me tell you a funny story.
A Joyful Home
I am a work-from-home, homeschooling mom of three young boys so our home is always filled with energy. Additionally, our house is not very large, so that energy is inescapable. A few nights ago, the kids were entertaining themselves by playing hide-and-seek in the house.
My kids are young, running around all over the place, I'm not even sure anyone was actually ‘it'... just running wildly and hiding someplace. I hear one boy from behind the door just giggling like wild and I see one boy hiding behind the curtain, but only their face and chest were hidden, so the rest of the body was literally just hanging out from under the curtains just like an old cartoon. I basically expected to see one of them standing in the corner with the lampshade over their heads.
The energy was inescapable and the kids were wild, so my husband decided to get in on the fun and did some running around of his own. His joining in really increased the energy and volume of the laughs and joyful noises in our home. Good times indeed.
Timing is Everything
We have one of those freezer-on-top, fridge-on-the-bottom type refrigerator units in the kitchen. My husband ran into the kitchen while I had the freezer open and stood, giggling behind it as though I did not know he was there, just like the kid behind the curtain.
Well, I had every intention of playing along, fully intent on feigning surprise. But at the precise moment that my eyes locked with his, a smile on my face, I felt the soft, furry, wiggly belly of a mouse claw its way across the top of my foot…
I released a scream good enough for any horror movie on the market, jumped perhaps three feet into the air and left my playful grinning husband slack-jawed and dumbfounded, meekly insisting “I was pretty sure you knew I was there…”
I laughed uncontrollably and hysterically with adrenaline pumping and my terror-filled scream brought my kids running in, wondering what had happened. It took me quite a while to calm down enough to explain what had occurred.
The timing of it all was impeccable, but that’s not all! The next morning I logged into class ready to teach English online to kidsin China to discover I had been assigned the "Mouse!" lesson where Momo Monkey and her mother are freaking out about a mouse in the bedroom. There is even a lovely graphic of Momo's mother's face when the mouse runs over her foot! I got quite a laugh about it in class that day as I could totally relate to her!
The Joy of Online Teaching
Teaching English online with Qkids has been such a blessing to my home and it brings me so much joy each day to connect with students on the other side of the globe. I love how working for Qkids fits into my homeschooling lifestyle and allows me the joy of spending my days with my family. When I was introduced to Qkids it was exactly what I was looking for in a work-from-home opportunity and I have enjoyed my journey with them every step of the way. If you think teaching with Qkids would be a blessing to you and your family I encourage you to apply here and experience the joy of being a Qkids teacher. My referral code is QWJUAK.
Windows/Mac - How to Check the System Information
Computer spec lays a solid foundation for running Qkids teaching software smoothly.
Currently, we only support Windows 7 (or above) and MacOS 10.9 (or above) systems.
This document explains how users can check the amount of RAM installed and other system information details, such as the processor speed. Windows 8Windows 7 & VistaWindows XPMac OS XWindows 8
Option 1: Windows 8/10: From the start screen search for "msinfo32"
Option 2: From the Start screen, type This PC.Right click (or tap and hold) This PC, and click properties.
Windows XPFrom the desktop or the Start menu, right-click My Computer, then select Properties. System information will be displayed as shown: Mac OS XClick the Apple icon in the top left, and select About This Mac. For more advanced details click More Info... in the Abou…
Qkids Hiring - Video Demo ExampleAn introduction video including your level of educationcurrent location of residency any experience working with children or as a teacherread or tell a children's story
Tips: tones, facial expression, and body languages. clean backgroundclear sound and video quality You can upload your video to YouTube or Google Drive -- Simply include your link in the application and we will review it!
Here are some video demos for your reference, there are many more examples on YouTube if you are interested. 1. 51s 2. 67s
Preparing Your Teaching Background
Hi Qkids teachers!
Hope you are having a good week. Today Momo wants to share with you some helpful tips about how to set up your awesome teaching background. Many of you already have great props to attract students' attention; however, your teaching background is equally important since students see it for the entire class. A messy, unorganized background will not only distract students but also negatively impact your teacher rating. Your teaching style, outfit, lighting, and background all factor into your overall class rating.
Below are some points you should pay attention to if you want to improve your teaching background: 1. The room lighting must be bright enough for students to see you clearly. You should try out different angles in your room and find the sweet spot. Do not point your camera toward the ceiling or light since it will be too bright for students to look at you. 2. The ideal class background is you facing against a wall. It can …