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Upper-Level Students and the Fulfillment that Brings me as a Teacher!

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People gravitate to teaching online for many different reasons and as the nature of what a job is changes, so do preceptions. Today Teacher Jessica tells us all about why she chose Qkids and what keeps her getting up in the morning to teach day after day. 
Hello!  My name is Jessica, or as the kids like to call me, Teacher Jessica.  I live in a small town on the east coast of Canada. Employment opportunities in this area are becoming more and more difficult to come by. With more and more people from this region relocating to other parts of Canada for work, I wanted to stay in my hometown.  
So here comes my seemingly impossible dream job checklist: No relocation Flexible Hours and scheduleGood rate of payA meaningful, fulfilling job A teaching position (my passion)A company that communicates well with employeesA job that allows me to have fun!It seemed like an impossible wish-list. However, working with Qkids I got all of this and more! I even get to stay within my own home! Also, as a C…

Top 5 Qualities of an Online Teacher

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What makes a good online teacher? It is a question our teachers and potential teachers ask a lot and today Courtney is sharing her top 5 qualities of an online teacher.

Hello there. My name is Courtney, and I just celebrated teaching my 500th class with Qkids! Today we are going to talk about several valuable qualities of online ESL teachers.  Have you ever been asked the interview question, “What qualities do you have that make you an ideal candidate for this position?” Regardless of the industry, it’s a very common inquiry of applicants, and I’ve been on both the giving and receiving end of this request.

Years of management experience and an MBA with Human Resource Management emphasis has provided me with insight into the realm of hiring. An employer is searching for the candidate who possesses and demonstrates the qualities most necessary to succeed within the specific job and most appreciated within organizational culture. On the flip side, entrants are aiming to match their qualiti…

TPR: Total Physical Response

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One of the parts about teaching online that can be tricky to conceptualize is how to engage students and make yourself understood across distance and language divides. Qkids teachers have a range of tools in their belt to help with such situations, and one of the first they have learned is TPR. Today Kimberly will share how she uses TPR in the class. Enjoy!
TPR: Total Physical Response: What it Means to Me and Helpful TipsJust to give a little background about myself: I live in Nevada with my awesome husband and two children. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and started my nursing career in 2008. I've worked in many different areas including neurology, trauma, orthopedics, and research. My hobbies include crafting and crocheting.  What is Total Physical Response (TPR)? “Total Physical Response (TPR) is a method of teaching language or vocabulary concepts by using physical movement to react to verbal input…The purpose of TPR is to create a brain link between speech and …

5 Tips to Becoming an A+ Teacher

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Last time we heard from Teacher Candace, she shared with us how she found her purpose with online ESL teaching. Today she shares 5 teacher tips on how to become the best teacher you can be. 1. Engage your students!
Engaging your students can be done in many different ways. Some teachers choose to use props to grasp the students' attention, some teachers use voice variation and over the top TPR. I find that it is best to gauge your students before opening up your level of integration for each class. This lets you see what level of excitement you can bring to the classroom. I start the class by asking students questions, and their answers will then lead me to know which steps I need to take to get the class pumped and ready to learn!
2. Be attentive to each student’s needs Being attentive to each student can help you to see what level of learning they should be on and to ensure that you are using the correct language with them. It is very important that you use language that your audi…

How to Handle Teacher Burnout as an Online ESL Teacher

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It’s Summertime and with students out of school, that means many of you will be seeing busier schedules. That can be great for the bank balance but too many early mornings and late nights can start to take a toll on even the most dedicated teacher. So Teacher Julie is here with some advice on how to spot impending burnout and what to do about it. Thanks, Julie! 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.  
Peak summer season is upon us! It is an exciting time for ESL teachers, but in my experience, I have found that the side effects of this season can take a toll if you are not aware of it and take precautions to avoid it. Ask any veteran teacher if they have ever experienced burnout, and they will likely say yes. What is burnout? In this article, I will share with y…

How Teaching For Qkids Changed My Life

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Life does not always go as planned, but as the old saying goes, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Tiffany had a dream but life had other plans for her. Read on to find out how she overcame her challenges and made lemonade. Hello everyone, my name is Tiffany and I teach English online for Qkids. Finding Qkids changed my life in ways I did not know were possible. Let me explain a little bit about my history. I went to college with the goal of becoming a Zookeeper. I received my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Conservation. I volunteered, did multiple internships, and worked hard to become a Zookeeper. I had a passion and love for animals and loved teaching others about them. I was finally happy in my career and working at a zoo that I loved. This quickly came to an end when I had some serious health problems come up. I was not allowed to work at the zoo or even drive. I felt lost and did not know what to do. I was heartbroken and sad that the career I had worked s…

10 Tips on How to Create a More Meaningful & Effective Classroom Experience

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There is so much to learn to become the best teacher you can be. Often, learning from each other is the best way to improve. With that in mind, today we have 10 tips from teacher Melissa about improving the classroom experience.


Hello, potential and current Qkids teachers! My name is Melissa Davis. I live in Fresno, California. I am a mother of eight and am currently finishing up a double major, a Master’s Degree in English with an emphasis in Education. I also homeschool three of my children. And yet, I still have time to teach for Qkids! You may be asking how?


It’s true, life can get pretty busy at times. However, I have developed some handy tricks-of-the-trade for maximizing my time and providing the best learning environment possible. I want to share 10 awesome tips on how to create a more meaningful and effective classroom experience. 

Preparation and organization are key to creating an engaging and fun classroom. Students learn in a variety of ways: kinesthetic, auditory, and visu…