Lasting Impacts of Teaching Online

Jillian has her degree in Early Childhood Education and years of experience working with children. She is coming up on her one-year anniversary with Qkids and lives on the south shore of Boston, MA. When she is not teaching English online she works at Floating Hosptial for Children as a pediatric oncology massage therapist. Her love of cats has led her to foster far too many kittens to count and sent her on countless adventures to save and rescue them. Yet, her greatest accomplishment to date is raising her three children.
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The children you teach may not remember you when they get older, but they will always have a part of you inside of them….the part that gave them hope and love and taught them to believe in themselves  - Marylin Appelbaum 

Lasting Impacts

One of the greatest gifts that we can give the students we teach is the ability to believe in themselves. It is from this confident and fertile place that all ESL learning grows. ESL learners are small acorns, containing a large oak tree of language inside of them. It is our excitement for the English language that waters the mighty oak they contain.

Ways that we can gain and keep the attention of both the older and younger student are:

1). Using different voice inflection and volume - Sound can be either a distraction or an invitation. Use your voice as an invitation to leave the distractions of their house behind and engage with you. From silly voice sounds to loud voice sounds, or asking them to mimic different voice sounds themself all add a layer of interest to lessons.

2). Using the distance between you and the computer screen as part of your lesson plan - Coming closer to the computer screen to model language or leaning further back to dramatically act out information about the lesson’s storyline creates interest the motivation for the student to keep their eyes on the computer screen and the lesson itself.

3). Weaving the personal information that you learn about older students, during the introduction slide, into the lesson material - If a student tells me that they like pizza I mention it when the lesson’s storyline includes pizza “Look! It’s Boa Boa favorite food! Elsa I wonder if your favorite food will show up on the screen next!”

4). Pace keeps students on their feet - Using varying paces within the lesson means that the students have to keep paying attention to keep up with the lesson itself.

5). Every human is wired to listen for and respond to emotion - Using varying emotional techniques can create interest. When I teach younger students, who can lose interest in the lesson and leave the screen to play with something, I will often say “ Johnny are you there ?? Where did you goooooooo ?? I miss you! Come back...Come back!” and act like I am crying or I act like it is an emergency…”Quick Quick Johnny comes back you have to see this next slide!!!! Com’mon ruuuuuun” I will look frantic and make a running gesture with my body.

6). I never hesitate to stop a lesson to learn about the older students' interests - If a movie comes up in conversation or a boy band is mentioned I ask questions to my older students about it and write the information that they give me down. Older students want to be seen and connected to in their own individual way. If we are to be invited into their world to teach them it is important that we take the time to learn about their world too. 
Overall, this last part is the foundation for attention and attention is the deep foundation of learning. We have to show an active interest in our students as people. Forming a connection to them will translate into a connection to the language. We give them hope each time we cheer their language wins on, we show them love each time we ask to know a little more about who they are and most of all, help them believe in themselves each time we invest in who they are and their English language skills. They may not remember us as they get older but they will always carry a part of us within them because only those of us in the Qkids family can teach them as we have.

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