Everyone gets ready for class in a different way. Some teachers spend 2-3 hours the day before finding the perfect props, going over the lesson, and crafting just the right reward; other teachers roll out of bed five minutes before class starts and just go for it. The great thing about VIPKID is there is no right or wrong way. You are an independent contractor and can decide what works best for you.
As I have taught more, I have streamlined the amount of time it takes for me to prepare for my classes. I used to spend about one to two hours the day before getting ready for my classes. Now I spend about thirty minutes. Part of what has helped me cut down on my prep time is using Feedback Panda. I like to “pre-write” my feedback before class (I know that sounds weird, right?) and then I tweak it after class.
I feel really lucky right now because my peak hours start at 11:00 AM due to where I am living. Normally, my peak hours start at 4:00 AM, so I like to do my preparation the day before in order to maximize the amount of sleep I get at night. I have it down to a science: I can be up and ready to go in three to five minutes. I normally wake up about ten minutes before my classes start. Right now, since I am living in North Africa, I can do my prepping in the hour before my classes start..