Hey everyone! I’m Rachael, a 24-year-old marketing student and part-time English teacher here at Qkids. I studied English for my undergrad which ultimately led me to explore an online TESOL job, and well, here I am! I’ve been a part of the Qkids family for just under 3 months and have loved every minute of this rewarding experience. Thinking back to when I started, there are a few things I wish I would have known about this line of work, but more specifically about this company, that could have helped me prepare for my very first English second language teaching job.
Here is a list of the top 5 things I wish I knew when I started:
It can be intimidating to go on webcam with 1-4 young students, especially if you’re new to this line of work. I’m a grown adult and I was shy, so just imagine how the young kids might feel trying to speak a new language with a stranger online…. pretty intimidating, right? The best advice I could have received was to just let loose, be myself, and don’t be afraid to be silly. The kids will benefit from it, and the learning environment will be that much more comfortable for them.
Qkids has an abundance of interactive mini-games incorporated in each lesson plan and knowing them inside out is key to conducting a successful class. The platform is amazing in that it not only includes a practice classroom for teachers to brush up on the buttons and functions of the platform, but there is also a cheat sheet on every slide in the bottom right corner with game information on it! Check it out and study, study, study… you won’t regret it.
For those who may not know, TPR stands for “total physical response”, a method of teaching language or vocabulary concepts by using physical cues to guide comprehension. Gee, who knew teaching could be such a physical job. Movement is key to facilitating this understanding, especially for new and young learners. TPR will be your best friend as you will be using it over and over again so make sure your hands are ready and that you’re familiar with creative ways you can implement these actions.
The Qkids platform has an amazing selection of stickers/masks that can be used throughout lessons to reward and encourage students. Many kids look forward to selecting which one they want, which is then given by the teacher. I can not stress enough that knowing the names of the stickers/masks and where to find them will help you immensely and avoid an upset child. Don’t be afraid to mix and match multiple stickers because sometimes students have unique requests which might not be available! (For example, if a student asks for Elsa the princess which does not exist on the platform you can give them the mask crown and overlay their image with a snow sticker) If you really can’t find the one you need, be creative with the drawing stylus to draw them what they wanted instead.
When I saw classes were 30 minutes each, I thought I would have no issues getting through the material and being on time for my next class. Boy was I wrong! Pacing yourself correctly is definitely a skill that you acquire after practice. During my first week, I absolutely struggled with ending on time and getting through all the lesson slides. I ended up finding a pacing guide that really helped me improve on how long to spend on each section, and after a bit of practice, I am not longer having issues with timing.
*Pacing chart based on the number of slides in lesson
My hope is that this article can help Qkids newcomers and ease the transition to becoming an online TESOL teacher! READY to join the fun?!
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