So, you are prepping for your mock class or trial classes to become an online English teacher. Or you have just been hired. What is the first thing you should do? Set up your online classroom. There are a few items that are necessary to have a good classroom environment and high quality lesson for your students.
It is important to have a fun and beautiful background. Part of the parent’s reviews will relate to your classroom environment. You do not want to have a plain wall for your background in your classroom. It is also important to have high quality equipment for your lessons. Since most of the students are in China, you want to make sure you have the best equipment and internet to give the students the perfect experience.
Here are some of the most important things to have to get started in this field.
Headphones: The most important thing you will need besides your computer is a pair of good quality headphones. I have used these for over a year with no issues. I strongly recommend headphones that are noise cancelling and that have a mute button. You will also need a pair that has a microphone. (Amazon)
Laptop/Ipad: Obviously, to become an online English teacher you will need a laptop or an Ipad. I always use my laptop but some people prefer to use an Ipad, especially if they travel while teaching. Purchase a laptop or an Ipad.
You are required to decorate your classroom with an educational background. There are so many different ways to do this. You can pick up some fun seasonal decor from the Target dollar spot every few months to give your classroom a fresh look. You can also pick up educational posters at your local dollar store.
Map: I love having a map in my classroom and to alternate the rest of my decor according to the season we are in. There are many maps you can find on Amazon. This is the one I use (pictured below) and I absolutely love it. It also comes in handy if you travel a lot (which a lot of teachers do!) You scratch off each country after you have visited them, as a beautiful reflection of the places you have been.
Educational Posters: You can also put up educational posters in your classroom. I have the following posters that include the alphabet, shapes, days of the week, and more for only $13. They have come in handy for my classroom and my homeschool room. Pick this pack up on Amazon.
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