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.
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.
Spoiler alert: the pandemic actually isn’t on the list. Moving along.
I am ready to do the walk of crisis-schooling shame. I failed. Truly. My husband works full time; I work part time. We are lucky to have kept our jobs through this. We have a kindergartner and a two year old. The meetings, the daily assignments…we just couldn’t do it. We couldn’t keep up, and eventually, we all fizzled out.
There has not been a moment in time during this pandemic bullshit that I have not felt like a failure in one of my roles: being a mom, being a teacher, being a wife, being someone who cares about her own mental health and well-being.
I have now finished my coronavirus crisis schooling walk of shame, because after going through all of the above for months, ya girl is comin’ out swinging and ready to stand thy ground.
Which is why…drumroll please…we are very excited to move to a homeschooling model of education beginning in fall 2020. Not cyber school; not crisis school — legit, mom-is-my-teacher-and-maybe-sometimes-dad-is-too- school.
Recently, the buzz has been that I have done MLMs in the past and that because of that, I base my trainings and seminars on what said company leaders profess. The short answer: No. But, that isn’t good enough, right? You asked (accused, rather), and I will answer and explain.
So, you want to be in direct sales. Your sister-in-law, friend from high school, or a random person on Facebook sent you a message that she thinks you would be great at what she does. You read her message. You accept more information. You bite the bait that most of us bite: the chance to stay home with your kids, pay a few bills, or better yet – win vacations and cars and earn unlimited dollar amounts.
Here’s the thing: It’s actually real. It isn’t too good to be true; people achieve these things in direct sales all the time. However…