Showing posts from January, 2020

Striving for Improvement

Hello, all Qkids teachers and friends! My name is Teacher Alissa. I’m an online ESL teacher in a small town in Canada. My passions include cuddling my kitty, learning about languages and cultures, and playing board games with my husband. I have been a teacher with Qkids for over a year now and I really enjoy it! I have taught over 1000 classes since I first started in July 2018 and have received over 1300 likes. The staff, the students, and lesson plans are all wonderful and I couldn't have asked for more! Striving for Improvement Helmut Schmidt once said, “the biggest room in the world is room for improvement.” When it comes to teaching the Qkiddos, the saying could not be truer. Looking back, am I the same teacher as I was one year ago? Not at all, from when I first started there was only one direction to go - up! I’m sure other teachers will agree also. But how so? Today I will be going over different ways on how to constantly improve your teaching, and how it has help

Some Terms for Spring Festival Themed Class

To help all our amazing Qkids teachers out there know more about Chinese New Year and what customs your students will be experiencing during this special time, the Coaching Team has prepared a presentation for you all on the teacher app and here on the Qkids blog. Stay tuned for our upcoming social video about Spring Festival!  Spring Couplets With black or golden characters written on   red paper, Spring Festival Couplets are   composed of a pair of poetry lines vertically pasted on both sides of the front door and a four-character horizontal scroll affixed above the doorframe. Pasting couplets expresses people's delight in the festival and wishes for a better life in the coming year. Paper-cuts Chinese New Year Paper-cuts are cut-outs normally on red paper, often used to decorate doors and windows, they are referred to as chuāng huā ( 窗花 ), window flowers or window paper-cuts. People paste the paper-cuts to the windows so the light will shine through the negati

Noise in the Classroom

My name is Chayla Soden. I am a Qkids teacher from the United States. I enjoy English Writing and Literature, Philosophy, Religion, and German Shepherds. I have a 10-month-old son, Brett. Noise in the Classroom There can be a lot of distracting noise in the online classroom. It’s a roll of the dice every morning you log on to teach! You may get a perfect classroom where all students are quiet and respond to you with haste or, more likely, you’ll have one or two rowdy boys and girls. These kiddos sometimes shout the wrong answers over the students who are practicing the correct ones, or they may even begin crinkling bags into the mic! Who knows? There are also other types of noise you may have encountered in the classroom: static noise, an echo, or background noise. Don’t worry, though! There are a few ways to teach your best class, every class. Disruptive Students The main, and most common, noise complaint is disruptive students. Usually, these students aren’t intentional

Momo And Koby On The Road: Teaching While Traveling

My name is Tiffany and I am an online ESL teacher for Qkids. I have people ask me all the time why I teach when I am on vacation. My response, “Why not?” Since teaching with Qkids I have gone on more vacations than I did with any other job in the past. Let me explain to you why teaching while on vacation may be the perfect travel companion and take away some stress. Work and Fun Yesterday I taught all four morning classes. After I finished teaching, I did yoga, showered, curled my hair, did my makeup, and got ready for the day. I did all of this before 8:30 AM. My husband woke up at 8:00 AM and fed our dogs. We took our dogs for a walk before going to get coffee and breakfast together. After breakfast, we went and visited a zoo, an art gallery, and tried a bakery. We then spent some time with family, went sightseeing, had lunch, relaxed, and saw a movie. It was a great day and it began with teaching for Qkids. I will admit that on vacation I always do my hair and makeup

Obtaining an Accredited, Online Tesol/ Tefl Certificate

Do I Need to Have a Tesol/Tefl Certificate? If you are working as an independent contractor with online education companies based in China in 2020, teaching qualifications and credentials are a must. If you are unable to provide a BA in Education (specifically) or a traditional teaching license, it is necessary to provide proof of enrollment in/completion of an accredited 120 hour TESOL/TEFL certificate. In 2019, Qkids advised all teachers to obtain a certificate and will implement the requirement in 2020. If you do not have your TESOL/TEFL certificate yet, we urge you to act fast to get one! If I Choose to Get a Certificate **Online**, Is There a Specific Program I Should Complete? The program MUST offer the following: ** Must allow you to earn a 120 hour accredited certificate ** Needs a publicly printed statement on accreditation It is PREFERRED that the program also offer: ** Your online certificate will give you a verification number So Where Should

You Can't Be Prepared for Everything!

Crystal is a jack-of-all-trades from southern Georgia with 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. Qkids has a wonderful platform where you can dive into a lesson and navigate the content without much familiarity with the lesson. However; I always like to be prepared. Join me as I share a crazy morning experience that proves you can't be prepared for everything. For starters, it's wintertime and I live in Georgia, so I'm in the Eastern Time zone. I always wake up every morning at 4:30 a.m. every day so I have plenty of time to review my classes and get my ducks in a row, like props, p

In Defense of Young Students: The Pros and Cons of Teaching Levels 1-5

My name is Rebecca Frostad, and I am a 36-year-old married mother of one precocious 2-year-old. I just immigrated to Canada, where my husband is from, and we have settled in the expansive prairies. I have been teaching with Qkids for a year and a half, and it has been an exciting and growing experience. Hopefully, you find my blog posts entertaining, uplifting, and useful! Blog #5: In Defense of Young Students: The Pros and Cons of Teaching Levels 1-5 If you have been teaching with Qkids for any amount of time and are a member of the Facebook group House of Qkids, you know that most of the veteran teachers have an age group or level that they prefer to teach. It's an interesting debate because there tend to be fairly strong feelings on both sides of the aisle about it. To be honest, there are pros and cons to each side, as most will point out. As the highest class I have (yet) had the chance of teaching was nearly the end of Level 5, I can only comment on the pros and c