Showing posts from May, 2020

Top 5 List of Items to Always Keep in Arms Reach

Hello! My name is Kristen Harrison and I have been lucky enough to teach with Qkids for 6 months. Prior to teaching ESL online, I taught Science in a brick and mortar high school for 8 years, leaving to spend more time with my family. Qkids has helped make the transition from brick and mortar to online teaching smooth and enjoyable! Here is my top 5 list of items I always keep within arms reach while teaching our adorable Qkiddos. 5. Bobby Pin/Hair Accessories Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in the camera with an Alfalfa-Esque hairdo? Oftentimes, we are teaching classes early in the morning and while professional appearance is important, we have rushed through the process and are less than presentable. This is the moment that I reach for a nearby bobby pin or clip to quickly smooth my style. Do parents and students notice a wayward strand? Probably not, but when I am confident in my appearance I am able to focus on the students and the lessons. This strategy is not

The Qkids Classroom: The Epitome of Inclusion

Hi fellow Qkids Teachers! Teacher Natalie here. I have been teaching with Qkids from the comfort of my home in New York for only a little over eight weeks now. Prior to exclusively teaching with Qkids, I worked as a Behavioral Therapist for kiddos with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as a Preschool Teacher. I have my Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis, which is a scientific study of behavior, revolving around learning and behavior. I have always loved working with children with language barriers, speech and language delays, special needs, and those with behavioral and/or emotional concerns.  I sure do miss working with these populations, but working with QKids has fostered my love for a new population of kiddos — those who speak/are learning English as a second language.   It finally happened. It finally happened that I didn ’ t realize that I had a student with special needs in my classroom until the 25th minute of the lesson. Having worked with children with speci

Teaching Online - What Equipment to Invest In

(The following article has links to products however Qkids is not affiliated with any of the products listed, nor is the blog writer) Hey, all you online teachers! My name is Teacher Megan, and my online teaching journey began about three years ago. It’s been a wonderful journey so far, with lots of adorable students, laughs, and of course, more cups of coffee than I could possibly count! If you’ve just recently ventured into the online teaching world, I know it can be a little overwhelming. It might seem daunting to even know where to get started! To help out some of you newer teachers- and also anyone who’s in the market for some new supplies, I thought I’d share some of the tools I use to make my classes run smoothly! I hope it helps! I Want to Teach English Online - What Equipment Should I Invest In? Good Lighting It doesn’t take much money to get your lighting set-up just right, but it does make a huge difference in the impression that you will make! Also

The Power of Patience in the Online Classroom

Hi there, I am Tasha and I have taught with Qkids for a little over a year and a half! I am currently a Finance student at the University of Texas Tech. I have studied French for many years and even was a bilingual nanny for French children. If I am not working or studying, I love to travel. My first trip to Asia will be postponed for a bit, but I will make it out there soon! The Power of Patience in the Online Classroom As a student of a language myself, the power of patience is everything to a student’s confidence and ability to retain information. During my language classes, I often find that I become frustrated with myself when my teachers are quick to give me the answer to a question. I need some time to think of my response and I want to show off my knowledge! For our younger and older students, this can lead to checking out during class, frustration, or a lack of confidence in their ability to speak. This is the last thing we want our students to be feeling when teachi