5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Teaching Online

Crystal has written 5 tips for teaching online. And if that wasn't enough, they are written in verse too! Qkids teachers amaze us.

Crystal is a jack-of-all-trades from southern Georgia with a certification in Early Childhood Development and years of experience in tutoring, teaching, writing, and carpentry among a wide variety of other things. When not coming up with new ways to enhance the effectiveness of her classes, she operates the privately owned feline sanctuary Country Kitty Paradise, which provides a permanent home for abandoned cats in rural areas. She loves drawing and everything related to cats.

I have taught over 2,000 classes and it never gets old! I love everything about Qkids, from the staff to the program platform, and especially the students. If you're interested in doing a job that's totally worthwhile and rewarding or if you're already part of the Qkids family and need some advice on how to improve your teaching, I have some tips to help you along. And to keep it interesting, I wrote them in verse.

What is TPR and how can I use it?

It's always best to engage with TPR,
that means Total Physical Response;
using your body to convey information
and keep the kids from nonchalance.

It's an entertaining and effective method,
you can make faces, clap, or jump;
synchronizing your movements with the material
and then using it again when the students are stumped.

For beginner students this technique is vital,
as it helps bridge the language gap.
And adding props can facilitate the goal
to introduce, instruct, explain, and recap.

For ideas on TPR tricks,
you can check out improvisation;
comedy that is made in the moment
using spontaneity and exaggeration.

You can also reference pop culture,
like superheroes, Disney, or Peppa Pig.
When the kids can relate what they're learning with what they know,
the level of comprehension is big!

How do I handle classes with kids at different levels of learning?

Everybody learns at very different rates,
some are average while others are advanced.
The trick to teaching is adapting to their needs,
catering to the experts while giving the others a chance.

Qkids works diligently all the time
to ensure every student is in the right place.
Though sometimes some prove more astute,
while others require a slower pace.

Treat all of the students as equals,
whether they struggle or grasp the content with ease.
Just like you, they are working hard;
it takes practice to develop expertise.

Rewards and compliments are encouraged,
as they inspire the kids to do their best.
Constructive tips molded with praise
will keep the kids from feeling stressed.

When encountering advanced kids,
challenge them a little more.
Be creative with extra questions,
while still maintaining a fair score.

Let all of the kids express themselves,
have them compare what they prefer.
Share your thoughts of the subject,
and allow them opportunities to concur.

Don't be afraid to admit your shortcomings,
if you can't cook, swim, or sing;
Show the kids they can still be great,
even if they're not good at everything.

How do I maintain priorities in class?

Sometimes the kids are expressive.
They have questions and so much to share.
It's important to balance the lesson and life,
to teach the material while showing you care.

Acknowledge the items they bring to class,
whether it's stationery, food, or toys;
even if the props aren't related to the course,
recognition shows respect and gives them joy.

Negotiate times for work and play;
have them complete tasks in-between.
If time is no longer a luxury,
it's okay to nicely intervene.

The students must participate actively,
multitasking is okay;
just make sure they understand the content
by keeping them from wandering astray.

Does the time difference make a difference?

Remember the kids are at home
and they are more than half a day ahead;
so try to keep them interested,
so they would rather learn than go to bed.

Like many words in the English language
most gestures have a dual meaning;
like using a cloth on a rock
could mean scrubbing, polishing, or cleaning.

So try your best not to yawn,
even though you could be tired;
cause yawning indicates boredom
and boredom is definitely undesired.

It can be hard for the teachers
waking up early before the sun rises,
but the kids' enthusiasm is better than caffeine,
as each class is loaded with surprises!

Every day is something different,
where you can expect the unexpected,
and just as the kids learn from your methods,
you will learn techniques that can be perfected.

Do I have what it takes?

It takes a special kind of commitment,
with dedication to strive;
willing to use your skills and imagination,
to help the students thrive.

If you have "teaching" in your blood
with an experience that's unique,
then join up with Qkids
and you'll be smiling from cheek to cheek!

Here's my referral code:
get your resume ready for the interview,
and let the fun begin!
Happy teaching! 


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