New VIPKid Teachers: The First 48

… The first 48 hours can set you up for success in what is sure to become a successful journey with VIPKid.

Congratulations! You’ve been hired as a new VIPKid teacher! Now what?

On the television show “The First 48,” the title sequence said, “For homicide detectives, the clock starts ticking the moment they are called. Their chance of solving a murder is cut in half if they don’t get a lead within the first 48 hours.” With VIPKid, the stakes aren’t nearly as high, but those first days and weeks after you are hired are still pretty important.

There is a lot of advice on the Internet about what you should do while you are waiting to begin teaching.  Here are the first three things you should do within the first 48 hours:

  1. Open Your Schedule
  2. Schedule the New Teacher Kickoff Workshop
  3. Assemble a basic set of props

Step 1: Open your schedule.

I say this with a big disclaimer. You will not get booked immediately. You will most likely not get booked within your first week. There is no single formula to tell us when you will be booked. For some, they get booked in days. For some, they get booked in weeks. For some, they get booked in months. It is different for everyone. But one thing is absolute. If you do not open your schedule, you will not be booked.

If you are like me, you would rather wait until you are “fully prepared” and have reviewed every single lesson you could possibly teach. Even if that were possible (which it’s not) it would take FOREVER, so just rip the bandaid and open up some timeslots.

Remember, parents book their classes 2-3 weeks in advance, so while you are welcome to open up timeslots immediately (especially if you are willing to try Short Notice 24-hour Bookings) you will have the most success opening slots following the booking frenzy for the week after next. VIPKid also recommends that you open slots for at least 3 weeks in advance to allow the highest chance of re-booking immediately following a class.

For more information about how to open your timeslots and when, check out VIPKid Booking Schedules.

Step 2: Schedule the New Teacher Kickoff Workshop

Jumping in to your first class can be exhilarating, but also terrifying. Even if you passed your mock class certifications with flying colors, there’s something about sitting across from a real little person across the ocean that is just so much more! The best way to make sure you are prepared is by attending a new teacher kickoff workshop. The objectives of the workshop are:

  • Help you prepare for your first class.
  • Learn more about the VIPKid life.
  • Find out all about the awesome workshops and other resources available to teachers.
  • Learn a bit more about how to “run your business” in the platform.
  • Get some precious tips from experienced and super-friendly mentors.
  • Get gifts especially made for new teachers.

The workshop lasts 1.5 hours, and they schedule at least one on MOST days. I would suggest checking your calendar and getting one scheduled within your first week. Once you get a taste of what’s out there, you’ll want to schedule more, so the earlier you get started the better!

For more information on where to see the schedule and how to find this workshop, check out my overview of the VIPKid Library and Certification Center.

Step 3: Assemble a basic set of props.

Don’t go crazy. You don’t have to go out and spend a lot of money. In fact, I’m certain that you already have much of what you need right around the house! Depending on what levels you are certified to teach, you may want to adjust, but here are some basics:

Free Props (or things you already have)

  • an apple
  • stuffed animals or pet toys (I use dogs, cats, elephants, foxes, and pigs the most for some reason.)
  • a ruler
  • game pieces (dominos, dice, colorful paying pieces, play money, or UNO cards are a few of my favorites)
  • your smartphone (There is a whole wealth of digital rewards and props available in the Google Slides Facebook group. Or you can always pull up photos or gifs on your phone that you find relevant to the lesson.)
  • printed or drawn props (Meg, Mike, and Dino, He/She/It, alphabet flash cards, printed stars to award during class, happy and sad faces)

Inexpensive Props

  • a small, handheld whiteboard
  • flashcards
  • a toy microphone or other musical toy for songs
  • a bag of balloons (great for colors, counting, size, weight, and more!)
  • some inexpensive educational decorations for your backdrop if you didn’t already decorate for your mock class certifications
  • a simple reward system (The options are endless here – pick out something you think is fun and cool, because if you like it, your students will too.) For ideas, see Types of VIPKid Rewards.

You will be amazed at what you can find to use in a lesson just lying around your house. One of my go-to props is a packet of Ramen noodles and a set of chopsticks from a restaurant!

I want to stress that it’s not necessary to spend a lot of money on props. It’s also not necessary to have every single prop planned out in advance. But I know from experience I felt more comfortable knowing that I had a few trusty items I could grab if I needed to!

If you had visions of your first 48 hours with VIPKid being filled with classes and students, I’m sorry to disappoint you. However, know that those first 48 hours can set you up for success in what is sure to become a successful journey with VIPKid.

Happy teaching!

 

VIPKid Hours (Pacific Time)

If you are a prospective VIPKid teacher, one of your biggest questions might be, “What hours should I teach?

I have written a detailed explanation in VIPKid Hours.  But if you are looking for a quick and easy answer, you’ve come to the right place.

If you live in the Pacific time zone, here are the best times for you to teach.

***Daylight Savings Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 4:00 am – 6:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 3:00 am – 7:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 5:00 pm – 6:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 2:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 4:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 4:30 pm – midnight

 

***Standard Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 2:00 am – 4:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 1:00 am – 5:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 4:00 pm – 5:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 1:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 3:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 3:30 pm – midnight

I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!  If you haven’t yet applied with VIPKid, be sure to check out Completing the VIPKid Application.

If you would like help through  the process, I would be happy to be your mentor.

Happy teaching!

VIPKid Hours (Mountain Time)

If you are a prospective VIPKid teacher, one of your biggest questions might be, “What hours should I teach?

I have written a detailed explanation in VIPKid Hours.  But if you are looking for a quick and easy answer, you’ve come to the right place.

If you live in the Mountain time zone, here are the best times for you to teach.

***Daylight Savings Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 6:00 am – 8:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 4:00 am – 7:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 7:00 pm – 8:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 4:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 6:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 6:30 pm – midnight

 

***Standard Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 4:00 am – 6:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 3:00 am – 7:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 3:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 5:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 5:30 pm – midnight

I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!  If you haven’t yet applied with VIPKid, be sure to check out Completing the VIPKid Application.

If you would like help through  the process, I would be happy to be your mentor.

Happy teaching!

VIPKid Hours (Central Time)

If you are a prospective VIPKid teacher, one of your biggest questions might be, “What hours should I teach?

I have written a detailed explanation in VIPKid Hours.  But if you are looking for a quick and easy answer, you’ve come to the right place.

If you live in the Central time zone, here are the best times for you to teach.

***Daylight Savings Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 6:00 am – 8:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 5:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm – 9:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 5:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 7:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 7:30 pm – midnight

 

***Standard Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 5:00 am – 7:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 4:00 am – 8:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 7:00 pm – 8:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 4:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 6:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 6:30 pm – midnight

I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!  If you haven’t yet applied with VIPKid, be sure to check out Completing the VIPKid Application.

If you would like help through  the process, I would be happy to be your mentor.

Happy teaching!

VIPKid Hours (Eastern Time)

If you are a prospective VIPKid teacher, one of your biggest questions might be, “What hours should I teach?

I have written a detailed explanation in VIPKid Hours.  But if you are looking for a quick and easy answer, you’ve come to the right place.

If you live on the East Coast, here are the best times for you to teach.

***Daylight Savings Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 6:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 9:00 pm – 10:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 6:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 8:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 8:30 pm – midnight

 

***Standard Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 6:00 am – 8:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 5:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm – 9:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 5:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 7:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 7:30 pm – midnight

I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!  If you haven’t yet applied with VIPKid, be sure to check out Completing the VIPKid Application.

If you would like help through  the process, I would be happy to be your mentor.

Happy teaching!

VIPKid and Daylight Savings Time (Spring Forward)

Last fall, I was a shiny, new VIPKid teacher. I was worried about Daylight Savings Time, and didn’t know what to expect. After surviving my first “fall back” shift, I wrote an article about VIPKid and Daylight Savings Time (Fall Back) .

Tomorrow, we are set to “spring forward” and this time, I have a lot less stress about the situation.

So what is changing for me?

As you might know, I only work super-part time. I have a day job that I begin at 8am Central Time each weekday, so my schedule has been 5:00 am – 7:30 am Central Time. This equates to 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm in Bejing. Once we spring forward, if I were to keep the same times open in Bejing time, MY time would be 6:00 am – 8:30 am Central Standard Time, which now overlaps with my day job.

What did I do?

At the risk of sounding a bit anticlimactic, I did nothing. I am keeping 5:00 am – 7:30 am Central Daylight Time open. For my students, that now represents 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in Bejing. The time is already updated in the VIPKid portal, so as long as you set your clocks with the time change, 5am is really 5am. You don’t have to do the math!

What will happen to my schedule?

My schedule is crazy for the first week after DST anyway, because it’s spring break week, so I am only working a few days. So my first “frenzy” (when parents book classes two weeks in advance) will happen this weekend.  It’s possible that I will lose a few regular students who prefer that later timeslot; however, many will shift with me.

What did I do to prepare?

  • A few weeks before DST, I left comments in my feedback advising my regular students that my schedule would be changing. I apologized for the inconvenience and assured them that I still wanted to teach their son/daughter.
  • If those later timeslots did not book in the frenzy, I started closing them. (If this were my primary income, I might not have done this.) My goal in closing them was twofold: a) to get an idea of what students this would impact by watching for priority booking requests and b) to prevent getting any new regulars that I fell in love with that had to have that timeslot!

If you are worried about the time change, please don’t be. Students will come and go, and their schedules change (just like our kids’ schedules change!) This may be a good opportunity to find some new regulars, and if you have flexibility to teach at different times, perhaps you could accommodate some students who need to find a new teacher! And you never know, you might just catch some amazing sunrise snapshots between classes!

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments, and I would be happy to help.

Happy teaching!

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