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My VIPKid Journey
What companies do you teach for?
Do you have an outside job – related or unrelated to teaching?
Yes, I am a high school band director, and I also teach music theatre.
How long have you been teaching?
Have you always taught? Or did you start out in another field entirely?
Yes, I have been a teacher for 25 years.
Tricks for staying alert:
I am fortunate in that I can open time slots during reasonable hours, and they get booked. I know how much sleep I need to function on, and I protect that.
What is your schedule like?
I teach for VIPKid every morning from 5:00 a.m. to 6:30. Then I leave for my B&M job at 6:45. On weekends, I do also teach on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as a 3-hour stretch on Saturday mornings. Recently, I have begun to try to take Sundays off.
Favorite lesson (or level) to teach:
I enjoy teaching Level 4, but I have also just picked up the new VIPKid course called Junior Creator League Music, and I think I will really like that.
What do you do between classes?
I use the restroom, drink some water, stretch.
How do you use FeedbackPanda (what is your process)?
I usually do my feedback in the car on the way to work. I am fortunate in that my husband drives me to work, and the drive is just long enough to complete the feedback. On the weekends, the time to give feedback is more flexible.
Describe your feedback style/structure:
I have recently begun to change how I’m doing my feedback based on hearing from some actual VIPKid parents who voiced what they were hoping for from feedback. I do still pull in my favorite templates, but I am working towards giving the parents less of a play-by-play and more of a roadmap to what their student can do to be successful. If they’re already showing traits of success, I make sure the parents know it!
Good feedback must contain…
Praise and encouragement! Detailed descriptions of what can be improved on and why it is important.
What do you like to see when checking the Teacher to Teacher Feedback (notes on students from teachers in the VIPKid portal)?
I always look to see if a previous teacher mentioned final projects! I also like to hear about what issues a student may be having. Currently I teach a student who has a certain pronunciation error, and it seems that all of his teachers have teamed up to help the student overcome this. The T2T feedback in the case of this student has resulted in teamwork! Who knew?!?!
Has FeedbackPanda helped you manage your job and personal life? Any specifics? (e.g. before and after)
Before Feedback Panda, the time I had for writing feedback, the time spent in the car on the way to work, was often not enough. Now, I have plenty of time to pull in my favorite template and tweak it to reflect my student’s particular performance in the class.
What are your interests?
I play in a symphony band on the west side of Houston.
Notes or comments to the teachers who import your templates (if applicable)?
I have only created a couple of templates, but the templates I am creating are born from my desire to meet the expectations of the parents. I learned of these expectations from a Brand Ambassador video put out by Kristina Garcia and from a gem of an e-book by Ed Nace in which he describes the best outlooks to have when writing feedback from a culturally in-tune point of view.
Any other comments you wish to communicate…
I am grateful for Feedback Panda. It has been a great resource for me. Teachers, please remember that FeedbackPanda can be whatever you want it to be. If you can’t quite put your finger on a template that matches Your Voice, make your own!