VIPKid: All about Reward Systems for the Hiring Process

We use reward systems in every class for a little fun and encouragement. The reward system you use for the interview and mock class is super important so find out what they’re looking for here!

I love using reward systems in class! They give my students a little brain break and we can have some fun. They encourage them and let them know when they are doing a good job.

We use 2 reward systems during classes: stars and a secondary reward system. The stars are built into the classroom and the students get 5 stars in every class. They are super important to the students as they can buy games, pets and other things with them on the VIPKid app. In every class, my students get all 5 stars. I find some reason to give them a star. In 3000+ classes I have not given 5 stars about 3 times.

The secondary rewards can be anything you want! Anything that they collect or make progress through works as a reward. So add flowers in a vase, cars around a racetrack, princesses in the castle, scoops of ice cream on a cone, putting together Mr. Potato Head, etc. You do not have to use the one suggested in the lesson and I usually don’t. They are either dumb or they take too much time.

I use printed rewards (click here for lots of printed rewards), real things, toys, animals, etc. I also love to use digital rewards that I show on my phone, tablet or through a program like Manycam or Camtwist. Learn more about those here.

However, in the hiring process, you need to approach the rewards a little differently. In the live interview and the mock classes, they want you to use a reward system that is also an extension of the lesson. They are expecting you to use it to teach new vocabulary words and even use complete sentences with it.

I walk you through what they are looking for here:

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If you have not applied yet, please use this link to apply: https://www.vipkid.com/teach?partnerId=15506450

If you’ve already applied and did not use a referral code or link, I can help you more if you add my code to your application. You can do so by going on the VIPKID website where you signed up (the portal) and clicking on “My Account” in the top right corner. Where it says, “Add referral code,” please enter code PENNY0008 (Penny zero zero zero 8). You must add this before you do the demo lesson.

If you already used a referral code or link but they are not helping you, you can’t switch but you can create a new account. Use a new email address and phone number and my link so I can help you!

As my referral, you get my personalized help, access to private coaching sessions and to the exclusive VIPKID Bootcamp on my website with extensive training materials to help you through the process.

Once you apply with my link or add my code, please email me at teacherpennyvipkid@gmail.com so I can send you the information to help you through the process. VIPKid no longer shares your email address with me so you have to email me.

Which VIPKid interview is the best one to do?

You have several options for the Interview Stage with VIPKid. Which one is best?

Once you pass the basic information, VIPKid will begin sending you lots of emails, phone calls, texts, smoke signals, etc. pushing you to schedule an interview immediately. Don’t do it yet! This is not a normal interview. You have to teach a class as part of the interview and you must use their teaching style to do that. As a part of teaching that lesson, you will need to set up a simple classroom background, prepare some props and have the appropriate equipment.

You have several choices for this step: 

  • Live Interview and Simplified Demo Class: a brief interview to confirm your details and then you teach a 5-minute lesson “Me, Myself, and I” in the VIPKid classroom.
  • Recorded Interview and Simplified Demo Lesson – You’ll watch 5 short videos about the VIPKid teaching style and take a simple quiz. Then, you’ll record a short introduction and teach 3 slides. This is done on the VIPKid website.
  • Smart Demo – This interview is done completely on your smartphone on the VIPKID Teach App. It has some reading, a 5 question quiz on the reading and then you record yourself on the phone teaching one slide for 2:30.
  • Jumpstart Session – This is a new online video conference coaching session that you attend. It’s about 1.5 hours long. It is held several times a day. If you attend it, you go straight to the next step without doing an interview or demo lesson. If you don’t see the option for it or get an email about it, email them at teachvip@vipkid.com.cn and ask for an invitation to it.

I used to recommend the Live Interview but they have made some changes recently that make me now recommend the Smart Demo. The salary is determined by your education, experience and certifications. You would get the same salary no matter what interview you do, so do the quickest and easiest one. The Smart Demo only has you teach one slide so do it! The new Jumpstart is even faster!

There are other videos on my YouTube channel to help you prepare for the different interview options but there is more detailed help in the Hiring Bootcamp that is only accessible if you use my link to apply. Click here to find out how to apply.

Haven’t applied yet? Use this link: https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=7151621&refersourceid=a01

If you’ve already applied and didn’t use a referral code or link, I can still help you with the hiring process if you add me as your referring teacher. You can do so by going on the VIPKID website where you signed up (the portal) and clicking on My Account in the top right corner. There is a place there to add a code from a referring teacher. Please enter code PENNY0008 (those are zeroes). If you are not able to add the code, message me.

Once you do this, email me at teacherpennyvipkid@gmail.com to let me know. VIPKid no longer gives me your email address so I have no way of contacting you unless you contact me. I will then give you the password to the exclusive Bootcamp part of my website. It has in-depth information and tips for the hiring process and VIPKID teaching style. It also gives you access to the coaching sessions I offer several times a week.

VIPKid: How to teach the Smart Demo slides – UPDATED!

Are you in the hiring process for VIPKid? Wondering which interview you should do? I recommend doing the Smart Demo! This is my updated video with the latest techniques that they are looking for.

VIPKid now determines your salary by your education, number of years of experience with children and certifications. How you teach is just a pass or fail and does not affect your salary. Since that is the case, do the simplest interview, the Smart Demo. In it, you only teach one slide!

You still have to know the VIPKid teaching style though, so watch this video first. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH4AfVCCEOc

I recently got to sit down with one of the Mock Class Mentors and ask her about what they are looking for in the interview and mock classes. She helped me understand some of the details about the process and the specifics of their criteria.

What I was teaching before wasn’t wrong, it just wasn’t exactly their idea of the ideal way to teach it.

For more help, please visit my website, http://www.hellopennydavis.com If you have not applied yet, please use this link to apply: https://www.vipkid.com/teach?partnerId=15506450

If you’ve already applied and did not use a referral code or link, I can help you more if you add my code to your application. You can do so by going on the VIPKID website where you signed up (the portal) and clicking on “My Account” in the top right corner. Where it says, “Add referral code,” please enter code PENNY0008 (Penny zero zero zero 8). You must add this before you do the demo lesson.

If you already used a referral code or link but they are not helping you, or if you can’t add my code, you can create a new account. Use a new email address and phone number and my link so I can help you!

As my referral, you get my personalized help, access to private coaching sessions and to the exclusive VIPKID Bootcamp on my website with extensive training materials to help you through the process.

Once you apply with my link or add my code, please email me at teacherpennyvipkid@gmail.com so I can send you the information to help you through the process. VIPKid no longer shares your email address with me so you have to email me.

Other videos to help you: VIPKid: how much money can you make: The New Tiered Payment System.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHkbUDrSUB4&t=2s

VIPKid: How do I get hired? January 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E52Pds2sT60&t=23s

Be sure and join my Facebook coaching group: www.facebook.com/groups/vipkidteacherswanted.

VIPKid: What are they Expecting in the Demo and Mock Class.

If you are in the VIPKid hiring process and only watch one YouTube video about how to pass, this is it. You have to know what they are looking for in the VIPKid teaching style.

I have helped over 500 teachers get hired by VIPKid. Through all that time, I was basing what I taught on how I would teach and on the feedback that my referrals were sending me after they did each step of the way. I knew some of the things they were looking for but some were still a mystery.

Finally, I got to sit down with a Mock Mentor and ask them about exactly what they look for. How many times to repeat, what about rewards, what question do I ask? I am so thankful to have this insight on exactly what they are wanting to see to give you the highest marks possible and therefore help you to pass!

I feel like I got a sneak peek at the teacher’s answer key for the big test! So, I’m sharing what I learned with you here!

If this is a help to you, please consider using my link or adding my code to your application for VIPKid. As your referring teacher, I can help you even more.

If you have not applied yet, please use this link to apply: https://www.vipkid.com/teach?partnerId=15506450

If you’ve already applied and did not use a referral code or link, I can help you more if you add my code to your application. You can do so by going on the VIPKID website where you signed up (the portal) and clicking on “My Account” in the top right corner. Where it says, “Add referral code,” please enter code PENNY0008 (Penny zero zero zero 8). You must add this before you do the demo lesson.

If you already used a referral code or link but they are not helping you, you can’t switch but you can create a new account. Use a new email address and phone number and my link so I can help you!

As my referral, you get my personalized help, access to private coaching sessions and to the exclusive VIPKID Bootcamp on my website with extensive training materials to help you through the process.

Once you apply with my link or add my code, please email me at teacherpennyvipkid@gmail.com so I can send you the information to help you through the process. VIPKid no longer shares your email address with me so you have to email me.

Other videos to help you: VIPKid: How do I get Hired? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E52Pds2sT60&t=23s

VIPKid: How much money can you make? The new Tiered Payment System. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHkbUDrSUB4

Be sure and join my Facebook coaching group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/vipkidteacherswanted.

Protecting and Building Your Online ESL Business

This speech was given on January 25, 2020 at the “Georgia Loves Dino” conference in LaGrange, GA. Thank to my sweet friend Melissa Miller for asking me to come. The audio and video is not the best quality but you can still hear.

Special thanks to Kristina Garcia for being my camera-gal!

Teaching ESL online is not just a hobby or a side gig; it’s your business. So treat it like a business! Build it and protect it.

These are the books, groups, courses and other links mentioned in the speech.

My website, http://www.hellopennydavis.com

FB groups

VIPKid Teachers Wanted – ww.facebook.com/groups/vipkidteacherswanted
VIPKid Teachers Hired – http://www.facebook.com/groups/vipkidteachershired
VIPKid Friends – http://www.facebook.com/groups/342477286270052/
VIPKid Chinese – Say What? – http://www.facebook.com/groups/156031751905693/

Books – full disclosure, some of these links are affiliate links and if you purchase them, I may make a little bit.

Ed Nace lived in China, taught ESL and speaks Mandarin fluently. He has written the Bible on writing meaningful feedback and has tools to help you write it quicker. Check out his website: http://www.ednace.com

“Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World” by Zach Dykchtwald https://amzn.to/2U2IUW6

“Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve” by Lenora Chur https://amzn.to/2O5MRoZ

“It’s All Chinese To Me: An Overview of Chinese Culture, Travel & Etiquette” by Pierre Ostrowski https://amzn.to/30ZAxMi

Amy Porterfield “Online Marketing Made Easy” https://www.amyporterfield.com/amy-po…

If you have not applied yet, please use this link to apply: https://www.vipkid.com/teach?partnerId=15506450

If you’ve already applied and did not use a referral code or link, I can help you more if you add my code to your application. You can do so by going on the VIPKID website where you signed up (the portal) and clicking on “My Account” in the top right corner. Where it says, “Add referral code,” please enter code PENNY0008 (Penny zero zero zero 8).

You must add this before you do the demo lesson. If you already used a referral code or link but they are not helping you, you can’t switch but you can create a new account. Use a new email address and phone number and my link so I can help you!

As my referral, you get my personalized help, access to private coaching sessions and to the exclusive VIPKID Bootcamp on my website with extensive training materials to help you through the process.

Once you apply with my link or add my code, please email me at teacherpennyvipkid@gmail.com so I can send you the information to help you through the process. VIPKid no longer shares your email address with me so you have to email me.

Other videos to help you: Understanding the VIPKid teacher style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGCzs…

VIPKid: How much money can you make? The New Tiered

Curious about how much money you can make with VIPKid? Heard about a new payment system and curious how it works? Let me explain it all.

I walk you through how your pay is determined, the original incentive structure, the new Tiered Incentive System, how you’re paid and examples of how much you can actually make!

I give a complete written description of the new tiered payment structure and show the complete Tiered Incentive chart here: https://hellopennydavis.com/frequently-asked-questions/

For more help, please visit my website, http://www.hellopennydavis.com. If you have not applied yet, please use this link to apply: https://www.vipkid.com/teach?partnerId=15506450

If you’ve already applied and did not use a referral code or link, I can help you more if you add my code to your application. You can do so by going on the VIPKID website where you signed up (the portal) and clicking on “My Account” in the top right corner. Where it says, “Add referral code,” please enter code PENNY0008 (Penny zero zero zero 8). You must add this before you do the demo lesson.

If you already used a referral code or link but they are not helping you, you can’t switch but you can create a new account. Use a new email address and phone number and my link so I can help you! As my referral, you get my personalized help, access to private coaching sessions and to the exclusive VIPKID Bootcamp on my website with extensive training materials to help you through the process.

Once you apply with my link or add my code, please email me at teacherpennyvipkid@gmail.com so I can send you the information to help you through the process. VIPKid no longer shares your email address with me so you have to email me.

Other videos to help you: Understanding the VIPKid teacher style

How to apply for VIPKid and make sure you pass

Be sure and join my Facebook coaching group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/vipkidteacherswanted.

VIPKid: How do I get hired? January 2020

VIPKid is a Chinese company that pairs North American teachers with students in China and around the world for English lessons. If you have a bachelor’s degree, a year of experience with children and are legally eligible to work in the US or Canada, you can get hired to teach with them as well.

The hiring process is a little confusing but I have figured it all out and can help you through every step. This video explains the hiring process and helps you understand the choices you have at each step. Watch this before you apply or if you are confused about what to do next.

The New VIPKid Recorded Demo Lesson

VIPKid recently changed the Recorded Interview process. Learn all about it here! This change was made in late November 2019.

If you see anything from before this date it is the old process.

For more help, please visit my website, http://www.hellopennydavis.com

If you have not applied yet, please use this link to apply: /https://t.vipkid.com.cn/mkt/landing/p…

If you’ve already applied and did not use a referral code or link, I can help you more if you add my code to your application. You can do so by going back to the VIPKId website: http://www.t.vipkid.com.cn. Log in and click on “My Account” in the top right corner. There is a place there to add a code from a referring teacher. Please enter code PENNY0008 (Penny zero zero zero 8).

If you already used a referral code or link but they are not helping you, you can’t switch but you can create a new account. Use a new email address and phone number and my link so I can help you!

As my referral, you get my personalized help, access to private coaching sessions and to the exclusive VIPKID Bootcamp on my website with extensive training materials to help you through the process. Once you apply with my link or add my code, please email me at teacherpennyvipkid@gmail.com so I can send you the information to help you through the process. VIPKid no longer shares your email address with me so you have to email me.

Other videos to help you:

What is VIPKid and how do I get hired? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYae2…

Understanding the VIPKid Teaching Style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGCzs…

VIPKid: How are you paid and how to get the highest salary https://youtu.be/ezxZzbWGDtk

New Simplified Demo instructions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHWoz…

New Simplified Demo, just the slides https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWYFD…

The New Smart Demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Sv6c…

Be sure and join my Facebook coaching group: www.facebook.com/groups/vipkidteacherswanted.

Understanding the VIPKid Teaching Style

VIPKid has a particular teaching style that they know works for ESL learners on their platform. You must know and use this teaching style to be hired. Learn more about that style here and how it is different from how you may already teach.

TPR, IPAED, I do, We do, You do, Synthetic Phonics, Modeling and repetition. I cover all this and more in this new video.

If you have not applied yet, please use this link to apply: https://t.vipkid.com.cn/activity/popu…

If you’ve already applied and did not use a referral code or link, I can help you more if you add my code to your application. You can do so by going on the VIPKID website where you signed up (the portal) and clicking on “My Account” in the top right corner. There is a place there to add a code from a referring teacher. Please enter code PENNY0008 (Penny zero zero zero 8).

If you already used a referral code or link but they are not helping you, you can’t switch but you can create a new account. Use a new email address and phone number and my link so I can help you!

As my referral, you get my personalized help, access to private coaching sessions and to the exclusive VIPKID Bootcamp on my website with extensive training materials to help you through the process.

Once you apply with my link or add my code, please email me at teacherpennyvipkid@gmail.com so I can send you the information to help you through the process. VIPKid no longer shares your email address with me so you have to email me.

VIPKid: Unit Assessments and Final Projects

Been booked for Unit Assessment with VIPKid? Are you freaking out with all those slides? Where are the answers to the questions? What is this map/game thing? Should I use a secondary reward? How do I score their answers?

Never fear! Teacher Penny Davis is here to help! She takes you into a VIPKid classroom and shows you the UA game, the feedback, and walks you through what to do with all those slides! For more help, visit http://www.hellopennydavis.com and click on “Help for after You’re Hired.”