Janice Cook’s penguin is the focal point of many of her educational resources. Did you know that her husband is the master behind the artwork? Janice, along with her husband, loves making resources for other teachers to use in their online classes. She is an experienced teacher, having worked with VIPKid, Magic Ears, and now Gogokid. She is also a Gogokid brand contributor and workshop coach. With her many teaching credentials, Janice has valuable knowledge on how to be a successful online teacher.
Attribution Name (FeedbackPanda cloud), if applicable:
Gogokid: Janice MY
What companies do you teach for?
VIPKid and Gogokid – I used to teach for Magic Ears
Do you have an outside job – related or unrelated to teaching?
I was a public school teacher for 12 years but currently, I teach online and make resources for other teachers. I teach online ESL in the morning, MOM during the day, and then when our kids go to bed we create resources for other online teachers.
How long have you been teaching?
Have you always taught? Or did you start out in another field entirely?
Always a teacher 🙂
Tricks for staying alert:
An early bedtime
Waking the same time 7 days a week
Lots of water
Peppermint essential oil
What is your schedule like?
Monday to Friday, I teach 5:30 a.m. until China closes (Daylight Savings dependent). I take a 1-hour break to get my girls ready for school.
Saturday and Sunday I teach 5:30 a.m. until China closes. I used to teach some evening hours but in 2019 I quit nights and make that income up in Secondary Positions.
Favorite lesson (or level) to teach:
I love building rapport with older students – At VIPKid I teach a lot of Level 5, 6, and 7 and the upper levels are my favorites at Gogokid as well. I love showing them that they can ask ME questions and that they can ask about what THEY want to learn about. I love helping them talk about what THEY want to talk about in a correct way. I love seeing their confidence grow in their own skills over time.
My husband and I live in CT with our two daughters, ages 6 and 3. He is also the artist that draws all of the props, rewards, and decor that I use in my classroom (featured in our Teachers Pay Teachers store).
What do you do between classes?
Feedback. When my last class ends, my laptop closes and I live my life.
How do you use FeedbackPanda (what is your process)?
I go into my GGK portal and click on that panda for each class I will teach that morning, opening it up in a new tab. If I see that tab open at the end of the last class, I know Feedback isn’t done. I close them as I work through the classes.
I check FP right before starting class to see if it is a new-to-me student. If it is, I grab a picture right at the start and I add it to Feedback Panda during class. If it’s a lesson that doesn’t have a Template, I see that right before class and know to take notes in that notes box at the bottom in the Feedback Panda tab.
Describe your feedback style/structure:
My feedback is usually 10 sentences long. It includes something Personal that happened in class, the student’s name, a positive memory from class or area of progress I have seen over time, hopes and dreams for us to work on together in future classes, gratitude for working with them, and my show name for the rebook
Good feedback must contain…
Gratitude. Parents have SO many choices. It is an honor that they chose you once, twice, dozens, hundreds of times.
Has FeedbackPanda helped you manage your job and personal life? Any specifics? (e.g. before and after)
I never needed FP at VIPKid. I was fast enough to do it in between classes and I could see my own notes from previous classes so it wasn’t a good fit for me.
At Gogokid, the only way for me to know which student is on the other side of the camera waiting for me is to use FP and for that, I am grateful and suggest it to as many GGK teachers as I can.
Also, I do appreciate the Smart Sentences. I like thinking about the best way to word feedback for certain common situations when I am not trying to race to my next class.
What are your interests?
It sounds funny, but learning about business is kind of my hobby. Leaving public education was such a thrill for me. I’ve been learning about online ESL, making teaching resources, marketing, etc. I love learning new things and applying them to my business. When you love what you do, it kind of becomes your hobby 🙂
Any other comments you wish to communicate… : )
On my wishlist is the chance to include the reward system I use for a certain lesson along with the template. I try to incorporate the content into my reward and I would love to have this as a planning tool AND in the cloud to share a reward idea with other teachers as they import my templates.