Fitness Goals

Fitness Goals

Setting goals are not something I am good at. I usually can come up with lofty ideas, but putting pen to paper to break it down into smaller chunks it far more difficult for me. The plan is to do a half marathon in the spring. Since I have yet to attend a VIPKID meet up, and there is one happening at the Ottawa Marathon in May, that will be the half  I do. from there, I hope to do one trail run over the summer and a full marathon next fall. Here is where I get really ambitious, I

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Tips and Tricks from a Mock Class Mentor #5

Create a professional environment. Although this should be self-explanatory I will explain in more detail. I am a work at home mom. My kids are here when I teach. That doesn’t mean my kids are coming in and asking for more cereal. I’ll be honest this took practice for them and a locked door for the first month. As much as your mock class mentor will be kind and polite. We do still expect you to uphold a certain standard ESPECIALLY during the initial mock phase.  Here are tips to create a professional environment. The background cannot include any furniture

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Full-time with VIPKID

Since I have been writing about finances lately I figured I would talk about where my money comes from. I have been working with VIPKID for more than a year now. When I started I had an open schedule for almost all what is considered peak times (I am in the eastern time zone so this was mornings from 4-8am and Friday night from 9pm-8am Saturday and Saturday night from 9pm-8am) I did not work the entire time but I left these hours open to optimize my chances of booking and get myself out there. Over the course of the year,

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VIPKID and Homeschooling

I have written a lot about how our days play out when everything works out perfectly. I have not written how we cope when things aren’t going as planned. Most days I start at 4am, I get up at 330 so I can caffeine up and let the dogs out. This week my girls and I have had yucky colds. This is throwing everyone’s sleeping routines completely out of whack. Afternoon naps, super early bedtimes, and super early wake-up times. This means when I teach, I usually hear little feet tiptoeing down to peak at me. How do I deal with this?

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Tip and tricks from a Mock Class Mentor #4

LISTEN You’re nervous, and when you are nervous you get chatty. I get it.  Mock class mentors do not want to trip you up. BUT we do want to see if you can adapt. Youtube will only get you so far because NONE of us do the same thing. In fact, I rarely do the same mistakes every time. If you are excellent at correcting mistakes, I will test another aspect of your teaching. The tip is Listen because we WANT to help you. Ask questions, listen to the answers. If you really find a discrepancy is what you read

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Tips and Tricks from Mock Class Mentor #3

This is an easier one, but I know teaching in an online classroom is different. It also makes this even more important. What you may do naturally on a chalkboard is more difficult here. So, let’s look at what I mean. Your student is free to move around. That’s right I said it. With my little students, I sometimes start the movements. That means if you want their attention or focus on something you need to draw their attention too it. CIRCLE what you want them to look at.  So, Don’t flip to a slide and say “What do you

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Tips and Tricks from a Mock Class Mentor #2

This is tip #2 of the series.   Be Prepared.   This is another very simple one. A huge amount of emphasis is placed on your preparation for this mock class. This is also one of the reasons when people do not get hired they are incredibly upset. We want to see your commitment, memorizing a youtube video may feel like the easiest way to get hired. But, what happens when you face different material? challenging students? The first part of being prepared is having your materials organized. Please have props! If you print off pictures, grab something from around

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Tips and Tricks from a Mock class Mentor #1

SMILE! This is my tip for VIPKID and for life. I get it, I have days where I want to paste on my RBF so no one talks to me. But I am an educator and mom. This is not welcoming, encouraging or FUN! Although it may not be emphasized as a big point deduction area. It can be. A lack of smile effects not only the attitude your presenting but the overall engagement of a student. I get it, mocks are stressful you are nervous. Find a nervous smile and paste it on. Doesn’t matter if it’s fake and

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Day in the Life of VIPKID homeschooler

Day in the Life of VIPKID homeschooler

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see my story today was about our day. I have two little girls one following a grade one curriculum and one bouncing between JK and SK technically isn’t in school yet. She is just getting into the rhythm. My day started later today (5am). I’ve decided to go easy this February, it’s my oldest daughters birthday but as other VIPKID teachers know it is also Chinese new year. This means many of my regulars are traveling anyways. So what I am doing is not opening as many slots but I am accepting priority

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Day in the life of a VIPKID Homeschool Mom

I am so excited all my regulars I have been missing are filtering back into my schedule. It is amazing how soon you can miss these kids. But, as the HIGH BOOKING, back to school season starts, so does our homeschooling. The Day in the life posts have always been my most popular, so here it goes.   4am I am up, my summer schedule is over so Tuesday to Friday  I get an extra hour of sleep. I do not work any later, unless my girls are still asleep at 7, then I try and sneak a short notice

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