Day 400 – Day in the Life Video from Abroad

Good evening everyone!

400 day update
Typo on the Jan 1st – Jan 7th row… should be 61 boys.

Got a my first 2 apple rating!


With this… I have now hit Yahtzee… and not the Yahtzee worth asking a trophy for!

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I decided to request a review for this class.  I didn’t care whether or not it was invalidated, but I simply wanted to know what the tags ‘low energy’ and “student output issue’ meant specifically.  I personally thought the student demonstrated a flawless understanding of the lesson.  VIPKID responded saying I did not smile much and did not show much emotion throughout class.

Fair criticism.  It’s 100% true and valid.  I know VIPKID emphasizes the always smiley happy-go-lucky attitude when teaching.  That’s not the nature of my teaching style, but at the end of the day you have to do what’s necessary to build your student client base.  I like to be funny, but don’t always necessarily have a smile on my face.  My teaching style has proven to be effective; parent feedback, along with the amount of regulars I have, have told me this.  But for new to me students, facial gestures and expressions means a lot.  Even if this particular feedback didn’t explicitly point it out, I’m glad that the review from VIPKID shed some light on this class.  Perhaps we sometimes get a bit comfortable and/or complacent.  Even with 4,500+ classes, this was another opportunity to learn and move on from this.

VIPKID day in the life from abroad video

I decided to make a day in the life video from South Korea.  I’ve had the same weekday schedule for the past 7 – 8 months and wanted to share what it’s like to teach from abroad.  I touch upon my eating habits, including some Korean dishes, have clips of classes with my reward system in action (the only reward system I’ve used from day 1), talk about the air pollution in Korea (not as bad as China, but still bad), and briefly show what I do before and after classes.

VIPKID Day in the Life Video – South Korea

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Level 3 classes that require emphasis on pace and time

Will be making a post (and hopefully video) on this soon.  I made a post about Level 2 classes that require emphasis on pace and time.  However, with the implementation of Level 2 interactive courses rolling out soon, that information will soon become obsolete.


If you have any questions about VIPKID I would be happy to answer them.  I’m not looking for referrals whatsoever.  I genuinely enjoy teaching and only stick to that.

Have a good night everyone!



  1. We do seem to focus a bit to much on give apple ratings and pleasing everyone don’t we? I enjoyed your day in a life video, and I’m jealous of you’re time zone! I’m in Ontario Canada, so my time zone is the opposite of China’s! I’m going to share your post on my Facebook group, vipkid bloggers! Request to become a member of your interested in connecting with other teachers who blog about their experience with VIPKID!

    1. Much appreciated! The time zone here certainly is nice! I was on the west coast for the first 6 months so I definitely know the struggles at times in terms of sporadic sleep and whatnot! I will definitely check out the Facebook group. Thanks!

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