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Getting class bookings is essential to jumpstarting your VIPKid journey. Essentially you want kids to be excited to book you as a teacher. Part of that is being prepared and having great energy but along with that having great props, rewards and a colorful and educational background will be helpful in getting more bookings.
I do want to note that if you are a new VIPKid teacher and you don’t have many bookings, please don’t give up or don’t feel like there is something wrong with you. There isn’t. This is part of the beginning process and it happens to almost every teacher. You can read my how much money do I make with VIPKid post to see that it’s normal for it to take your entire first contract to fully book your schedule.
I also want you to know you don’t have to go out and shell out a lot of cash to be a great teacher. You can get creative and use your printer to print out and color props and rewards, use what you have already in your home, hit up a thrift store, or borrow some things from a friend. You don’t have to go broke to fill your schedule and get VIPKid bookings.
Here is a list of some of my favorite things I like to use in my classroom that might help you come up with some great ideas.
Of course, first of all, you need a great set of headphones. I like to use a pair of headphones with a mic that is noise canceling- this is a must have because I have four children and we live in an RV sometimes it can get loud when I teach my classes. It is also a nice feature to be able to mute the mic for some privacy when you are sitting in the classroom before the class starts or after class when you add feedback. Just know that sometimes that feature malfunctions on almost every headset so be careful! We both like these headphones and find that they work well.
Best Props for your VIPKid Classroom:
Props are great teaching aides with brand new English speakers, especially Pre-VIPKid, Level 2 and Level 3. I don’t use a ton of props for level 4 and 5 but occasionally it’s fun to grab a food prop or an animal and make them smile. I also am a prop minimalist since we travel fulltime and like to keep things simple.
He is one of my favorite props. I like to use him a lot in Level 2 for the emotions and face parts unit. He also makes a great reward. “When you do a good job, we dress the potato!”
I use this prop for almost every single lesson. They are particularly useful in Unit 2 Level 6 when we talk about food, but they are also great for conversations, colors, games, etc. I mean think about- our whole lives center around food!
This is one of the few props that the company almost requires. There is a lot of things you can do with a whiteboard. You can do a lot of extensions, use it for rewards (I give a few of my favorite whiteboard rewards ideas below).
Having examples of the different shapes are very helpful in Level 2. They don’t necessarily have to be magnets but there are quite a few units throughout all levels where having shapes are great for learning support. These are great to use with your whiteboard and you can draw near them and show how the sides are the same or count them.
Great for Level 2 Unit 10 when you talk and teach about different animals. You can also make a great reward for all units and levels! “When you do a great job, you get an animal!” Magnets are easy peasy rewards because they are ready to go and you can stick them to your whiteboard. An easy extender is to count the magnets afterward.
Spruce up your background and get more bookings:
A colorful vibrant background is not required but it can help a student remember you the second you open up that camera. Students, just like teachers can often rotate a see a wide variety and a different number of teachers every week. If they find your background appealing or comforting or just plain fun then it might help pick up your book rate!
When it comes to backgrounds, bright colors, educational and just plain fun is helpful. It’s also important to note that if possible rewards should be displayed at all times, so configuring a clipboard or some form of a system on your wall would be ideal. For every type of reward, this is just not going to happen and that’s ok.
Best VIPKid Rewards:
As a new VIPKid teacher having exciting and unique rewards can really give you the leg up on established teachers. Student’s love to see a variety of rewards used in class and the more you mix it up the better. Occasionally you will find the student who requests the same reward each and every time, but most often you want several to rotate through. Here are some easy and fun rewards that will put a smile on your student’s faces every time.
I love these sticker faces because they are easy to use and you can let the students choose the different face pieces. There are 100 of these so they will last for awhile if you use them one for a class and discard or you can laminate the pieces and use them over and over again.
This is a class reward that is easy to use and can also be educational. Most kids understand the concept of ice-cream so they will love watching the visual of it getting bigger and bigger. You can also use this reward to affirm their understanding of colors. It may come in hand when practicing counting in the lower levels of unit 2.
Most students even at younger levels are familiar with the idea of building a pizza. It will be fun for the older students to choose their favorite toppings or you could make silly toppings like jelly beans and cookies.
You can do a lot of fun and easy rewards using colorful markers and your whiteboard. This is great because they are easy to store and don’t take up a lot of space. They can also be used for multiple rewards.
VIPKid Reward ideas for whiteboards and markers:
Draw a Silly Face
Draw a circle and tell the student before the lesson, “When you do a good job we draw a funny face!” Then each time you give them a reward you draw silly eyes, nose, mouth, ears and then hair. You can let them choose big eyes or small eyes, the color hair, etc.
Draw Funny Teeth
Very similar to the typical draw a tooth reward in the lessons but more entertaining. Instead of normal teeth draw funny teeth, different colors, shapes, vampire teeth etc.
If you have extra time at the end of the lesson or you are looking for another easy reward that can be reused even with the same student, just draw. I like to draw fun things on the whiteboard or teach them how to draw on the last screen of the lesson. The last slide is left blank for classroom use and I often use it if I have time left over for games. This book is fun to follow along with to draw animals or you can create your own drawings.
What are some rewards and props that you use that are easy and fun? Tell me in the comments!
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