5 Things I Wish I Had Known That Would Have Made Me Join Qkids Sooner!

5 Things I Wish I'd Known That Would Have Made Me Join Qkids Sooner!

I'm Julie and I'm an online teacher with Qkids. I've been a germ sharing teacher for many years in the wonderful State of Maine, but now I'm taking my show on the online road with Qkids! Please join me on this adventure, and if you like what you see, feel free to use my referral code and I'll lend a hand to pull you on board! (https://teacher.qkids.com/ref?code=FAXYWF)

1. No one can see the back of your hair.

Literally everyone in online teaching snickers about teaching in their shorts, sweatpants, or even jammie bottoms, but have you ever thought about your hair? When I began with Qkids, my morning routine consisted of all the primping and tweeking needed so as not to be jeered at by my normal middle school judges (I mean students). Then one day, as I happened to look sideways, I realized that with headphones, the back of my head is never visible! Now, not only can I sleep an extra five minutes, but I’m saving tons on hair gel!

2.  The mute button is magical.

Gone are the days of coaxing disruptive students to settle down. No more asking a kid to be quiet ten times. I’m so done with begging kids to stop being rude. Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to the mute button. One kind reminder and with a wave of my magic finger, unruly students are silenced! (And they generally have no idea!). Bwaah haa haa!

3. The mosaic button exists.

Second only to the mute button in my “I’m in charge here” arsenal is the mosaic button. For those of you who aren't Qkidders, this little sweetie blocks the student video from view so that the rest of the class doesn't have to watch little Happy pick his nose, point toy guns at us or shine laser pointers at his camera. Just like with mute, ask once and then You’re Outta Here!

4a. All little girls are named Elsa.

I mean, who doesn’t love Idena Menzel? Who hasn’t driven down the highway belting out Let it Go? But if I have to teach just one more sweet little Elsa, then I’m going to start teaching a creativity lesson during the last five minutes of class. Hey Disney, chug out some more strong heroines, please!

4b. Except when there’s also an Anna.

If, and only if, there is also an Anna in the class, and there are role-playing games in the lesson, you can ignore number 4. Seeing Elsa and Anna on stage together is just too much fun! Do you want to build a snowman?

5.  Green Tags are spoonfuls of sugar.

I don’t know about you, but no matter how great a lesson would go at my regular school, I almost never got a student or a parent to shoot me a note telling me what they liked about the class. But now I get sugar in my coffee every day and man, does it taste sweet! 


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