Showing posts from September, 2020

Keeping Those Fixed Students Engaged!

Hello! My name is Michele Gillis and I have been teaching with Qkids for over a year. I live in Jacksonville Beach, FL with my family. I have two teenagers and also work as a freelance writer and an Avon Rep. I have to say Qkids is by far my favorite job! I have had a few different fixed students over the last year or so. Some stuck and some didn’t and that’s OK! Some wanted to go back to 1 v 4 and the others who knows? But, my longest student is an adorable 5-year-old who I see every Friday and Saturday night. Fixed Student Every time I see him, his beautiful smile just melts my heart! I have watched him grow and learn and it makes my heart so happy! During my regular classes I usually pull up stickers to review or use flashcards during the intros, but with a fixed student, that will get old quick. So, what I have been doing is either printing out pictures from items he struggled with or practice spelling words he had trouble spelling in the last class and quiz him during intros. It i

7 Reasons Why Qkids Is the Only Company for Me

Wow! It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since I started teaching children in China, from the comfort of my own home, with Qkids. My Name is Naomi, and I have a degree in English teaching, as well as about twenty years of experience teaching English and ESOL, both in the classroom and online.  About five years ago, a company contacted me through a job recruiting site called LinkedIn. They actually called me and explained that the position would be a remote, online teaching position for children and adults in China. It sounded too good to be true, but I decided to give it a whirl and hence discovered the rewarding and complicated business of online teaching. I’ll keep this as short as possible. I have worked for a total of about eight online ESL teaching companies. Qkids tops the charts, hands down. Here’s why: 1. Platform I have not seen a better platform at all. The platform is more interactive than any other that I know of, but it is not overwhelming or distracting for

The Top 5 Technical Problems and Their Solutions

Hello! My name is Suzanne and I’ve been a Qkids teacher for over three years. I love working with kids of all ages and have been a high school teacher, preschool teacher, ski instructor for elementary kids, Girl Scout Leader, and more! In my spare time I hike, swim, bike and enjoy the outdoors with my husband and, when I can, with my two twenty-something kids.   Qkids classes are awesome...except when you have tech issues! When I first started and I got a technical problem, it really stressed me out. I actually got a little panicky--my heart would race, my palms would sweat, and I felt like I had no control of the situation. Over time, I’ve learned what to do quickly and efficiently for these 5 common issues, and now I keep my cool, get back into class, and get to do what I came to do---teach! Problem 1: You can’t see or hear the students when you enter class. Solution: When you can see that students are in class and their avatars are “lit up” but you can’t see or hear them, you need t

Silly Words

Hi, I’m Teacher Laurie and I live in America. Do you live in China (said while holding up a Chinese flag)? This is how my mornings begin five days a week. I have been with Qkids for a year now and my happiness and contentment with this job keep growing. I love helping students learn English and assist them in developing accurate pronunciation. Over the past few weeks, I have had some hilarious interactions with many of my students. The following illustrates just a few of the words my students occasionally get confused about. Class #1 - Air Finger I was teaching the lesson about air conditioners. We were quickly going through the review section and then I introduced this new word to the four students in the class. They all enthusiastically repeated the word correctly. As the class progressed, I thought everything was going well until one adorable student shouted out “Air Finger” instead of Air Conditioner. After the briefest of pauses, all of us, including the student who said “Air Fing

The Top 3 Struggles of Teaching English Online and How to Overcome Them

Welcome to the online teaching world! My name is Megan and I have been working online as “Teacher Megan” for about three years now. One of the things I enjoy now that I never did before? Snow days! Working from home (and a little hot chocolate of course) has made snow days some of my favorite days of the year! Every morning I turn on my computer, flip on my twinkle lights, and set down my coffee somewhere within arm’s reach. At some point, as I arrange my props and steady my headset on top of my head, I transform into the “Teacher Megan” that the students have been eagerly waiting for. As much as I prepare, I never know what to expect when I enter the classroom. Will all of the students have their clothes on? Will they be eating, sleeping, wearing a mask, holding a pet turtle? It’s different for every class. Teaching online has its own very unique set of challenges, and three years and thousands of students later, I have seen it all. Here are some of the biggest challenges that I have