My journey back to VIPKid

My journey back to VIPKid

In 2019, I started teaching ESL to kids in China through a company called VIPKid. Immediately, I couldn’t keep up with bookings — parents loved me and I was so busy! Everything was going great, and then in classic Courtney fashion I overloaded my schedule. My poor time management did not mesh well with the companies cancellation policy: no more than six cancelations or no shows within a six month contract period (oh, and it was maxed at two-per-day, so if you missed eight classes in one day, it counts as two). VIPKid terminated my contract under this policy.

I was bitter. And right when I was about to apply to a different company, I logged into the VIPKid teacher classroom to get my certificates — that’s where a saw the new, cool orange button.

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Three Things Thursday: Three Tips For Efficient and Successful Online Course Delivery

Three Things Thursday: Three Tips For Efficient and Successful Online Course Delivery

I’ve been teaching university level English since 2009, and I’ve been teaching online for almost a year. Despite several universities claiming to re-open in the fall, I cannot help but predicta spike in web-based course registrations. Ultimately, I believe students are apprehensive about on-campus courses because there’s no guarantee that we won’t experience a second — and potentially more damaging — wave of COVID-19.

Now seems like a great time to share some of my top tips not only for delivering and facilitating online courses, but managing your time as you teach, too. Welcome to “#ThreeThingsThursday: Mrs. Poullas, M.A.” edition.

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