How to Win with the Smart Demo

The smart demo is a great way to quickly move to the next phase, but it doesn’t replace being prepared.

As you are preparing to complete the Smart Demo, there are a few things you can practice to ensure your interview is a winner!

Repeat the target word two different times.

Introduce the word, touching your chin to indicate they should watch and listen. Then, cup your ear and wait for your imaginary student to respond. Then repeat.

Use TPR.

If you aren’t yet comfortable using TPR, now is the time to practice.  You will want to use both instructional TPR and regular TPR to help convey your meanings. When you see your slide you need to teach, be thinking of different motions that you can use!

Speak slowly and allow the student time to respond.

Yes, I know there’s not really a student. But if there were, you would need to leave  time for them to listen and answer. So slow down!

Demonstrate error correction.

You will want to pretend that the student made a mistake. It is important to show that you can stay positive but still correct an error.

Encourage, encourage encourage!

Stay upbeat. Acknowledge good responses (you can use thumbs up, smiles, nods, clapping, or whatever feels natural to you. Just make sure you are encouraging your student.

Make sure any props are relevant.

If you do use props in your smart demo, make sure they are relevant and help your students learn. Pay attention to what you are using, and be intentional. Things like whiteboards, magnetic letters and flash cards can all be very versatile and used in a number of ways!

The smart demo is a great way to quickly move to the next phase, but it doesn’t replace being prepared.  So practice and plan, and if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments!

If you’d like to see some ideas in action, check out this video!

Thanks! And happy teaching!

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New Smart Demo Lesson – VIPKid Shortcut – April 2019

Starting in late April, the new Smart Demo option will make applying for VIPKid easier than ever!

Have you thought about applying for VIPKid, but you were concerned about the long interview process? If so, I have great news!

In the next few days, the faster, easier Smart Demo Lesson will be available to make your application process easier than ever!

What is the Smart Demo Lesson?

It’s a short, 2 1/2 minute recording that’s done right from the VIPKid Teacher App on your smartphone!

(If you don’t have it yet, just search for VIPKid Teach for Mobile for iPhone or Android phones!  The icon will be labelled VIPKid Teach.)

What is included in the Smart Demo Lesson?

Step 1: There will be a short review and 5 question quiz covering the basic VIPKid concepts:

  1. Lesson Objectives
  2. Repetition
  3. Speaking Speed and Language
  4. TPR
  5. Modeling

Step 2: Record a short, 2.5 minute demo based on a lesson slide.

How do I complete the Smart Demo Lesson?

  1. Create a VIPKid account.
  2. Download the VIPKid teacher app.
  3. Go to “Interview” in the app (It should say “Interview Pending.”
  4. Review the material* and answer the 5-question (multiple choice) quiz.
  5. Record the demo on the app and submit.
  6. Wait for feedback from VIPKid.

*In the material, you’ll be able to review a brief introduction that gives you instructions. There will be an overview of each of the five key areas that will be covered in the quiz.

If this process doesn’t work for you, remember you can also check out one of the following options:

Once you pass the Smart Demo lesson, what’s next?

Once you’ve passed (yay!) you’ll then move onto the certification process.  You’ll want to:

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long do I have to answer each question? – You will have 1.5 minutes to answer each question.
  2. What do I need to do for the demo slide? – There will be a slide provided to you (as question 6.)  There will also be an example of how to teach it.  You will need to spend 2.5 minutes demonstrating the slide.  Be sure to:
    • Speak slowly.
    • Be sure you allow time for a “student” to respond (pretend that you have a student.  It wouldn’t hurt to “correct” them once or twice as well!)
    • Don’t use extra words (incidental language.) Instead of saying “Can you say the word run?” simply say “Run” and encourage the child to repeat non-verbally.
    • Make sure you introduce the word and have the student repeat three times.
    • Use lots of TPR.
    • Be sure to cover the slide objectives that are listed.
    • If there’s an action (like “circle” or “drag and drop”) be sure you explain and DEMONSTRATE to the student how to do the action.
    • Use a prop! Once you’ve completed the application process I (or your mentor) will be happy to help you come up with a prop or props to use to help you on this slide!)
  3. What tips do you have for shooting a quality video?Be sure you are in a well-lit space. If possible be sure the room is bright with no distracting background and no glare.
    • Make sure your phone is positioned so that your head and shoulders are fully in the frame. It will be important for them to see your body language!
    • If possible, have your phone in a holder or propped up so you don’t have to hold it steady.
    • Wear a solid-colored shirt. (I would wear orange, but it’s not required!)
  4. How do I know my results?  You will get the answers to the quiz (and your score) immediately. You will get personalized feedback on your demo within 24-48 hours.  If you have not heard back within 36 hours, please email teachvip@vipkid.com.cn.
  5. How long does the whole process take?  VIPKid suggests allowing 10 minutes for the full Smart Demo Lesson: 5 minutes for the quiz, 3 minutes for the demo lesson, and 2 minutes for the analysis report.
  6. How long do I have to complete the Smart Demo Lesson? It’s recommended to submit the video within 3 days after completing the basic information.
  7. What do I need to do to pass? It will be difficult to pass if you get less than 3 questions correct; however, the demo will be more heavily weighted than the quiz.
  8. Can I restart the video recording? Yes there will be two buttons – one to re-record and one to submit.
  9. If I don’t pass, can I try again? Your interviewer can allow you the opportunity to re-record in certain circumstances. This will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

If you have other questions, please let me know, and I’d be happy to help.  If you’re ready to get started, I suggest starting by Completing the VIPKid Application. If you’re ready to apply, here’s how to register with my referral code to get extra help through the process.

Good luck, and happy teaching!

VIPKid Application and Interview Process (Updated May 27, 2019)

Like any good company, VIPKid is constantly updating their hiring process to help ensure well-qualified and well-prepared candidates and teachers. Below is a description of the process as of May 27, 2019.

If you are interested in applying and have any questions, please feel free to ask, and I will help if I can!

1.  Application

This is a very short and fast process, but it’s important that you understand the minimum requirements. See a step-by-step walkthrough here:

Completing the VIPKid Application

2.  Interview

The interview process is currently changing, and for most applicants, there are three options.

  • Option 1: Smart Demo Lesson (100% on smartphone app)Brief content review of VIPKid Essentials
    • 5-question quiz
    • Sample Teaching/Demo (1-slide, 2.5 minutes)

For more information about the Smart Demo Lesson, see:

New Smart Demo Lesson – VIPKid Shortcut – April 2019

  • Option 2: Simplified Demo Lesson (Beginning 5/27/19)

Effective May 27, 2019, some applicants are being offered the chance to schedule a live “Simplified Demo Lesson. This may be done live or via recorded session. For more information, see:

VIPKid Simplified Demo Lesson (May 27, 2019)

  • Option 3: Fast Pass Coaching Day

If you live in certain areas, you can take part in a VIPKid fast pass coaching day. This is a 3.5 hour event that allows you to meet other teachers and complete hands on learning as you go through the process. To learn more, see:

VIPKid Fast Pass Coaching Day

3. Teacher Preparation

Once you have passed the interview and demo, you will want to take some time and prepare for the certification/mock class process. A few key things to think about:

  • What ages of students would you most like to teach?
  • Based on feedback from your demo, what areas do you most need to review and/or practice?
  • What TPR, props, etc. will you use for your certification?
  • Have you gotten feedback from your mentor on your mock classes?

Here’s a quick article to walk you through some of the basic steps you can take to prepare during this phase: VIPKid Teacher Prep.

4. Mock Class/Certification

By this point, you have passed the tough parts, and now you just need to get certified. You should know what levels you want to teach.

  • Lower Levels (2/3)
    • Certification will be on Level 2 Interactive curriculum
    • Applicants should review the Level 3 information independently in the certification area of the teacher portal upon successful completion
  • Intermediate Levels (4/5)

I’ve developed a more comprehensive guide for preparing for the Lower Levels.

VIPKid – Preparing for Mock Class (Lower Level)

I’ll add the upper level guide here once it’s complete.

5. Contract Signature

You’ve done it! You have passed the steps in the hiring process, and now it’s time to sign your contract. This can all be done digitally.

You will be signing an independent contractor agreement, and it will include:

  • All of the legal info
  • Restrictions on how to (or how not to) use the VIPKid platform
  • Information about equipment and personnel
  • Payment processes and disputes
  • Confidentiality and information surrounding the intellectual property of VIPKid
  • Term dates
  • Specific information about each type of class you might be teaching
  • Fees, incentives, and penalties
  • And more!

6. Documentation

You may have noticed that VIPKid sends you a list of documentation you will need for the next step in the process. They send this early on because the process is time-sensitive, so you’ll want to get these ready. (They ask that you upload all documents within 24 hours of passing your mock class certification.)  If you have unusual circumstances, this can be extended; however, I recommend having the materials ready to go so you can get on to the contract!

You will need:

  • A copy of your bachelor’s or master’s degree. This can be a photo of your diploma or a transcript.
  • Your teaching license (if you have one.)
  • Your passport, ID card, or driver’s license
  • W-9 form (for US Nationals or US residents)
  • If you have a TESOL certificate or TEFL certificate, you can upload it now and skip step 7!

7. VIPKid TESOL certificate (required if no teaching degree)

Once you have passed your mock class certification, there is one final step before signing your contract.

VIPKid has collaborated with TESOL to provide VIPKid teachers with a free certification program on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.) If you have a degree in education, this is not required, though it is recommended. If your degree is in another field, you will be required to complete this course before signing your contract.

I voluntarily completed both this foundational certification as well as advanced TESOL, and I found that they helped my teaching skills and my bookings!

This is not insignificant. The program is estimated to take between 10-11 hours, though there are tips to help you move through the process more quickly and efficiently.

I hope you have found this overview helpful. As I mentioned at the beginning, if you have questions, let me know.It can feel overwhelming but I promise it’s not. If you take one step at a time, you’ll be teaching before you know it!

If you have any questions or I can be of any help, please let me know in the comments!

Prop Ideas – VIPKid Lower Level Certification (Option A)

Congratulations on deciding to certify for VIPKid lower level classes! These are so much fun to teach. Because you will be working with younger students, props are especially important to help reinforce the learning.

As I mentioned in VIPKid – Preparing for Mock Class (Lower Level), there are several types of props you can choose from.  You should be prepared to use at least 3 props and at least 2 different types of props.

Common types of props include:

  • Printed or Drawn (2D) props: flash cards, printed pictures, drawn pictures
  • Realia or 3D props: real items from your home that relate to the lesson, toy versions of items in the lesson
  • Digital props: gifs, google slides images that you display
  • Other props: whiteboard, magnetic letters

Be creative and find things that you can use that you enjoy. I would also encourage you to not spend a lot of money on buying props. I PROMISE that you have things around the house that you can use without spending money.

Here are some examples for Option A that you can use to get started! (Check out option B here!)

Slide 6 (Ball)

  • Beach Ball (this is fun because you can bounce it around and toss it, and the kids will enjoy it.)
  • Any other real or toy ball
  • Pictures of balls (beach ball or other types)
  • Flash card with a ball on it (picture, word, or both)
  • Magnetic letters on a whiteboard spelling ball

Slide 7 (He plays with a _____)

  • Basketball (real, toy, or printed)
  • Soccer ball (real, toy, or printed)
  • Verb chart that shows conjugation of the verb “play” (I play. You play. We play. They play. He playS. She playS. It playS.)
  • Whiteboard or flash card with the sentence written out on it so you can add the word if they struggle.
  • Gif of someone playing with a soccer ball or basketball

Slide 8 (drag and drop)

  • Real or toy soccer ball, basketball, or kite
  • Pictures of soccer ball, basketball, or kite
  • Gifs of soccer ball, basketball, or kite
  • Whiteboard or flashcard with question and answer written out

Slide 9 (throw)

  • Gif of someone throwing a bouquet
  • Gif of graduates throwing hats
  • Verb chart that shows conjugation of the verb “throw” (I throw. You throw. We throw. They throw. He throwS. She throwS. It throwS.)

Slide 10 (He throws)

  • Real or toy football
  • Picture of someone throwing a football
  • Gif of someone throwing a football

Slide 11 (throw/throws)

  • Real or toy football or snowball
  • Pictures of football or snowball
  • Gif of someone throwing a football or a snowball

Slide 12 (phonics)

  • Whiteboard to write the letters and words
  • Magnetic letters
  • Printed pool balls with letters
  • Legos with letters written on them
  • Letter blocks

Slide 13 (free talk)

  • A ball (any ball)
  • Gif of families playing keepaway or other ball game

With props, the possibilities are endless, and I encourage you to think about what you have around the house that you can use. Props do NOT have to be time intensive or expensive. They are just supplemental items that you can use to help reinforce the lesson.

For printed and digital materials above, I have samples that I can send you to use in your mock class if you would like. Simply sign up using my referral link or add my referral code AMELI0055 before your mock class. Comment below with what you would like help with, and I will be able to get your email address from your referral application.

Good luck!

Reward Ideas – VIPKid Lower Level Certification (Option B)

Congratulations on deciding to certify for lower level classes with VIPKid! This certification will allow you to teach Level 2 Interactive (the most popular level with VIPKid!) as well as Level 3.

You will need to prepare for two different options: A and B. You can see more about the preparation process HERE.

Part of preparing for each is to have a good reward system in place!  I want to encourage you to be creative and come up with something that you love, because if you love it and are excited about it, your student (and your mock class mentor) will be too!

Here are some ideas to get you started for Option B (kite/doll).

(If you are looking for ideas for option A, check out Reward Ideas – VIPKid Lower Level Certification (Option A)

It’s important to note that since the reward slide is the same for both options, you could use the rewards interchangeably. I am a bit of a prop over-achiever because I think it’s SO FUN, so I wanted to provide options that are unique to both.  So, in addition to the ideas for option A, you could do the following:

  • Have a doll (either printed, drawn, or a real doll) and each time the student picks a reward, the doll gets the reward too!
  • Draw or print different colors of kites, and put a picture of each toy on the kite. Each time the student picks a reward, they get a kite with that reward on it.
  • Draw or print a swing set with empty swings. Each time a student picks a toy, you add a toy into one of the swings.
  • For girls, you could print pictures of different dolls that they win each time they pick a toy.
  • For boys, you could print pictures of different balls used in sports that they win each time they pick a toy.

I will be recording a few examples of these in the next few days, and I will add that link here.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and anxious now, PLEASE DON’T!! I love props and rewards, so I enjoy putting them together, but you do NOT need to go to this much effort on a daily basis. You DO need to have rewards, but they can be far more simple or you can use the resources available from those of us who love to make them!

Speaking of which, if you are looking for a mentor and would like some help creating your own reward system or using one of these, I would love to help you! Just sign up using my referral code, and I can provide links to the printed options above and a google slides reward that I put together for the gifs. You can sign up using my referral link or by adding my referral code AMELI0055 after you have applied but before your mock class. Just comment below and let me know what you are interested in, and I’ll be able to get your email from the referral portal and reach out to get you started!

I hope this was helpful, and good luck!

Reward Ideas – VIPKid Lower Level Certification (Option A)

Congratulations on deciding to certify for lower level classes with VIPKid! This certification will allow you to teach Level 2 Interactive (the most popular level with VIPKid!) as well as Level 3.

You will need to prepare for two different options: A and B. You can see more about the preparation process HERE.

Part of preparing for each is to have a good reward system in place!  I want to encourage you to be creative and come up with something that you love, because if you love it and are excited about it, your student (and your mock class mentor) will be too!

It’s important to note that since the reward slide is the same for both options, you could use the rewards interchangeably. I am a bit of a prop over-achiever because I think it’s SO FUN, so I wanted to provide options that are unique to both.  So, in addition to the ideas for option B, you could do the following for Option A (My Toys – ball/throw.)

  • Print or draw pictures of each of the toys on the shelf. Each time the student is allowed to pick a toy on the reward slide, use tape to stick the picture of that toy on the wall behind you.
  • If you have kids, find toys that are similar to those in the slide. Each time the student picks a reward, show them a real toy.
  • Pick out a toy that you especially like (I would use the ball, since that is a target word for this lesson.) Have pictures (or real balls) of different colors that your student gets each time they earn a reward.
  • Find gifs that relate to each toy on the reward slide. When they pick an item, they get to watch a cute gif. (You can display these on your phone or on an ipad.)
  • Find gifs or pictures of different sporting activities (balls, people throwing and catching balls, etc.)
  • Print two pictures of each toy and write the phonics letters on each part. For example, on the two boats, you could write “z” on one and “ip” on one. When the student picks the boat, you make the boats ‘crash’ into each other and say the phonics word. “zzzz…..ip. zip.”

I will be recording a few examples of these in the next few days, and I will add that link here.

If you are a prop enthusiast like I am, you’ll be super excited right now. Not all of us are. 🙂 There are plenty of teachers who are proud to be “prop minimalists” and if that’s you, you might be thinking “What have I gotten myself into?” Rest assured that if props are not your thing, you don’t have to construct this elaborate of a reward system for every single class. If you want to, you certainly can! But while you DO need to have rewards, they can be far more simple or you can use the resources available from those of us who love to make them!

Speaking of which, if you are looking for a mentor and would like some help creating your own reward system or using one of these, I can absolutely help! Just sign up using my referral code, and I can provide links to the printed options above and a google slides reward that I put together for the gifs. You can sign up using my referral link or by adding my referral code AMELI0055 after you have applied but before your mock class. Just comment below and let me know what you are interested in, and I’ll be able to get your email from the referral portal and reach out to get you started!

I hope this was helpful, and good luck!

 

VIPKid Interview Process – Fast Pass Coaching Day

There are several different ways VIPKid applicants can complete their interviews and demo class. The newest (and fastest) way is to do a New Smart Demo Lesson – VIPKid Shortcut – April 2019.

If that option is not available, they can complete the VIPKid Interview and Full Demo.

In some areas, applicants can attend a Fast Pass Coaching event. This is a great way to learn more about the company and to meet some existing teachers. You should apply before RSVP’ing to a coaching event, and I would be happy to try to help find an event near you.  If you are able to attend, here’s what you can expect:

  • Skills Based Practice with experienced teachers. Skills include:
    • TPR (Total Physical Response)
    • Energy
    • Phonics
    • Student Output
    • Appropriate Language
    • Pacing
    • Reward Systems
  • Practice and Feedback
    • Help with the Online Teaching Portal
    • Practice for Mock Class/Certification
    • Schedule your Mock Class

The cost for the event is free, and it can last up to four hours.  You will need to bring a laptop with a video camera (please update your flash and Chrome browser before the session.)  Be sure you know your VIPKid username and password before attending. Attire is casual.

You can find a schedule of events in the VIPKid teacher’s portal under Community–> Events. Of course, I would be happy to try to help you find one as well. If you are looking for a mentor, feel free to reach out or apply using my referral link.

Good luck!