Teaching Tips from Teacher Cassie!

There is always something to learn when it comes to teaching, even more so with online teaching. Today Teacher Cassie shares some of her own teaching tips to you all.

Hello fellow, or inquiring Qkids teachers! I'm back! My name is Cassandra (Cassie for short) and I absolutely love my job here at Qkids. I have been with the company since February 2019 and this job means everything to me. 

However you heard about us, thank you for looking into this wonderful company, or for starting your online teaching career with us! I have been a part of the online teaching community for just about 6 months now, and it has been one excellent adventure! Starting off in a moderately paced teaching season, and then jumping right into summer has allowed me to experience a lot in these few months; there are some interesting things I'd love to share in hopes of answering some frequently asked questions for those unfamiliar with online ESL/ the Qkids platform, so here we go:

Change of Pace

You may have expected to be a one-on-one teacher right off the bat, you know, meet a student, bond, become their teacher, tutor, friend, and go through all the lessons one by one together. Easy, right? Well, get ready, because Qkids allows us to teach a variety of students ages 4-12, Levels 1-11, and we have the privilege of teaching any and all of these kiddoes! 

But have no fear! The lessons are so easy to grasp and during the hiring process, the coach who interviews you in the demo portion will help you make any needed adjustments to be able to adapt to the change in the lesson or game. Once hired though, what can help you keep up with these changes, and the need to adapt for each lesson AND, each student?

Reference Material and Resources

What has helped me, is fully utilizing all the reference materials and resources provided… They are not simply for new hires, or “beginner teachers”, they are provided as a tool and useful aid for us to keep up to date and in the know of our materials and tools. The students may very well need to practice beforehand, but we need to show up as an expert in the material. Yes, that means being an expert in the currency lessons (ex. What is the difference between a Yuan and cents? How does it look? How do you pronounce it?), and an expert in the lessons on directions, (knowing how to read the map given in the lesson beforehand, when to use “blocks”, “street”, etc.) and even an expert in incorporating phrases or words they have learned in a previous lesson to be able to make a connection in the current lesson. Time and time again, I have seen questions on “how do we know what to bring out in this game?”, “Where is the ____button?”, “how do you play this?”, and although it’s admirable to want to know the right way to proceed in a lesson beforehand, you’ll ultimately become a better teacher and leader if you try to utilize all the given material beforehand, use critical thinking, and try your best to figure out how best to use the platform, then ask for additional help.

Situational Examples

Typically we receive a schedule of classes beforehand; usually by Wednesday of a current work week, you can expect to start seeing slots filled for the coming week up until that week approaches, so what can help to be ahead of the game?
  1. First, log into, or download the lessons one by one and go through them on your own, click around, read the reference material on the side, (sometimes there will be similar styled platforms that may prompt you to use a button or speaker feature not shown in the platform, and if it isn’t there its ok, that’s just the general reference for that particular platform, and you can still utilize the page somehow, “what do you see?”, maybe introducing new words or sentence structures with use of the picture or characters, etc) and get a general feel for the lesson and it’s functions.
  2. Next, if you don't understand what a given picture is, maybe you don't know what it is supposed to be or how it fits in, then that's when you do your homework! Go through the general course lessons, see which one you are stuck on and go back a few lessons (for example, I had one lesson where Koby and his parents were on a plane and we were introducing how to order food, and what types they prefer, "would you rather have this, or that", and it asked what seat they were sitting in??? I was unsure, so I went back through the previous lessons in my reference material and found that these students previously learned the seating arrangement in a plane, "middle seat", "window seat", row 1, 2, 3, etc. and by the time I got to teach I was an expert not only in ordering food but in where to sit on a plane!) This will greatly increase your good know-how feedback because you'll come off as a prepared and confident teacher!
  3. Lastly, if you do not know how to pronounce something, please simply do your personal best to look it up beforehand so that we can accurately teach the word or phrase to the students. Maybe even familiarizing yourselves with the Chinese customs that fit into some lessons (for example, there is a lesson on Chinese New Year, and I learned that to prepare for that day, they do an extensive cleaning of the home and paste "spring couplets [cup-lets]", so what did I do in that scenario? I looked up how to pronounce couplets, and was sure I understood the custom, and how everything is used as well!)

All these practices not only show preparedness on our part, but it demonstrates the care we have for the kids, the company, and our teaching! It's good to have a personal teaching style, but make it fun and fun-ctional! Hehe. 

Happy teaching! Please reach out to me on Instagram @cass_ulysses74, or Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/cassandra.apperson.9

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