“No one should teach who is not in love with teaching.” – Margaret E. Sangster
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you enjoy teaching. In its most common form, “teaching” as a profession involves instructing many students in a traditional classroom. Nowadays, there are many variations on how someone can work as an educator, including teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) online.
Online ESL instruction is a rapidly growing field with many companies to choose from, such as VIPKid, Gogokid, and dozens of others. This field offers a diverse range of companies, student ages, and scheduling options, as well as secondary positions, such as hosting workshops, mentoring, reviewing curriculum, etc. It also allows for varying teaching styles and personalities – there’s a niche for many people both with and without formal classroom experience.
But what does this mean for you?
How do you get into this field if you’re:
- Anxious about the thought of teaching students virtually?
- Introverted and need time to recharge?
- Apprehensive about whether your personality matches what companies are looking for?
- Excited about the idea of teaching at home but unsure how to balance online teaching with your current job/other responsibilities?
Or, if you’re already an online teacher, how do you find your niche and turn this growing field into a sustainable, long-term career?
I previously taught middle school Spanish to 125 students/year while working towards my M.Ed. – I knew I loved educating but struggled to maintain the energy needed to be a consistently engaging classroom teacher. Another concern was wanting the flexibility to take off or adjust my work schedule depending on what came up in life, such as raising children. I spent some time tutoring independently and working as an hourly Home and Hospital teacher until I heard about VIPKid and online teaching. 3 years, 3,000 classes, and 997 students later, I work as a teacher and Mock Class Mentor solely online and am able to balance meaningful work and side projects with my introverted needs!
This blog is for people who:
- Are current or prospective online teachers/”eduprenuers” who want to stay up-to-date about the world of online ESL teaching
- Genuinely enjoy teaching and helping others but not at the expense of your own well-being
- Value autonomy and fueling your own success through research, trial and error, and self-reflection
- Want to create and maintain a healthy work-life balance that works with your natural energy levels as an introvert (or extravert/ambivert!)
- Enjoy continuously improving in all areas of life and making connections with other like-minded educators
In this blog, I will discuss ways to develop and establish yourself as an excellent online educator, regardless of which company or companies you choose to work for. Through resources, psychology and education research, and personal anecdotes, I will help you navigate the daunting field of online ESL and overall finding your niche as an introvert in the field of online education.
I also plan on creating props and rewards for classroom and/or online teaching that increases student engagement and facilitates conversation in the target language!
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- Ready to apply to VIPKid? You can apply here and enter my referral code IVANA0001, then email me for 1:1 mentoring and guidance.
The Introverted Online Teacher
Hello from a future introverted person lol! This is such an interesting topic, and I can’t wait to follow along and hear what else you share. I have been considering starting VIPKid, and you may just push me to do it!
Thank you for the support, I really appreciate it! Feel free to check out the FAQ on my page with more info 🙂
As an introverted teacher myself, I found this post to be very interesting! I’m always curious about these alternative teaching options. I’m looking forward to following your posts to continue to learn more!
Thank you! I was also pleasantly surprised when I found out about different opportunities as well – still trying to figure out TpT haha
I really look forward to reading your blog posts. I’m thinking of retiring soon and this may be the direction I want to go!
Thank you Debora! The flexibility and choosing how much or little to work each week has been great for maintaining a good work-life balance.
I’m excited to read more of your posts! I’ve considered teaching online but I have a lot of questions about it.
Thank you Nicole! I will be posting more about specific companies in the future, but for now I have an FAQ on my page that answers different questions. Definitely reach out as well (my email is introvertedonlineteacher.com) if you want!
This is really interesting. I didn’t know there were all these different opportunities online. I can’t wait to read more!
Thank you for the support! 🙂
I find it the tips very helpful in this post even as a classroom teacher but also when I’m doing Instagram stories and i know people will watch it!
I am so happy to have found your blog! I’m interested in hearing more about your experience teaching on-line, and am looking forward to your future posts. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! I’m happy to share 🙂
Back when I was a substitute, I subbed in an ESL classroom for 2 days. It was SO rewarding and figuring out ways to communicate with the kids is something I’ll never forget.
Wow! I bet that was a great learning experience in learning to work with ESL learners. Thanks for sharing 🙂
I just started teaching for GoGoKid this summer, and I love it! I can’t wait to get more tips and prop ideas from you!
That’s wonderful! I work for them as well 🙂 I’m planning on making some props soon so stay tuned!