Creating a Class on Outschool
Does this sound like you? You’re ready to earn extra income online by creating a class on Outchool but you don’t know where to start. Maybe you’re creating your Outschool mock lesson and you have no clue what to teach your lesson on.
Creating a class on Outschool may seem intimidating and you may feel lost on where to start. As a teacher who has taught online and in-person for years, I can help you start creating a class on Outschool.
Tip 1 – decide class length
Before you start planing decide class length. Planning for an hour or 45 minute long class is drastically different from planning for a 25 minute class. Personally, I think starting with a 25 minute class is a great time frame to gain experience and help your classes get traction. Doing a 25 minute class leaves some wiggle room for pay when you just get one student compared to teaching one student for 45 minutes.
Tip 2 – What’s your objective
What’s your objective? Start each lesson with a clear and simple objective. By letting students know what they will be learning in your session, it will keep them focused on what you want them to get from the lesson and will help keep students engaged.
Keep your objective clear and simple by using kid-friendly language. That means using the necessary vocabulary to make sure the students will understand the topic when you get into the actual lesson, but not overcomplicating or oversimplifying it.
Tip 3 – Create an outline for your class
Now that you know how long your class will be and you have a clear objective, create an outline for your class. Keep it simple by breaking down your lesson into smaller steps. These steps become the outline for your class.
For example, my steps include: Introduce vocabulary, review vocabulary, students practice using the words, and then at the end of the lesson we play a game.
Tip 4 – Don’t overcomplicate it!
Creating a class on Outschool does not need to be intimidating. Starting with a 25 minute lesson with a clear objective and simple outline is a great place to start creating a class on Outschool. Don’t over complicate it by trying to teach too much in a lesson, or having too many parts to your outline.
Don’t complicate materials. It’s fun to run out and get the latest and greatest props and materials for your lesson, but the fact is that the materials can be simple, such as teaching a vocabulary lesson. Have one photo and one word per slide. Do one activity or interaction on each slide.
Start with basic materials, and as your experience and classes grow, start to build your materials based on what you need.
Other Recommendations for Creating a lesson on Outschool Lesson
Start with a 25 minute class because it allows you to grow gradually without feeling like you’re earning too little. I started by charging $7 a student for a 25 minute class. Even if I got one student, it would be $14 an hour. It gives you some room to earn a little bit of money while you are gaining traction at Outschool.
Example Vocabulary Lesson
This is the outline I use for my lessons as a Spanish teacher on Outschool. This outline will be most helpful for you if you are teaching a school subject lesson. If you are teaching a hobby, this may not apply to your lessons, because those lessons may have more experiential type learning. You probably won’t be using a PowerPoint for your lesson.
My materials are pretty basic and I used my background in teaching online for companies like VIPKID to come up with the materials I need for my lessons.
If you are teaching a school subject lesson, you can create vocabulary for the subject you are teaching. Here is an example vocabulary lesson to get you started planning your own vocabulary lesson!
Photos – Use photos to introduce and teach the vocabulary. I like to get my photos from Deposit Photos, where the photos are royalty-free and copyright free so there isn’t any problem with using them on Outschool. Click to use my referral link!
Teach a few words: Choose the most important words students need to know for your topic. Use pictures and examples to teach the words.
Practice the vocabulary: Ask students questions to prompt vocabulary practice. List questions ahead of time so you are prepared during the lesson.
Have students engage: Students can talk with each other or ask each other questions about the vocabulary. This also keeps you from talking the entire lesson.
Note-taking: Learning a foreign language can be difficult and having students write their words out makes it easier for them to remember the new words. It also helps with students spelling and learning the new pronunciation.
The Outschool Mock Lesson
Are you nervous about your Outschool mock lesson? Here are a few things to consider:
- Interact as if the student is there. Show that you are able to give positive feedback. Pretend like you are asking students questions and that the students are responding. Show your teaching style! It may also help to make up student names to make it more personal.
- Act natural. Especially if you aren’t used to teaching to a screen, take your time to feel comfortable in front of the camera.
- Practice before filming your final submission. You can record your own video or use their platform to record. Whichever platform you choose, practice and then choose your best take.
- Read more about creating your Outschool application video in this blog post.
Get Started at Outschool
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The benefit of having a mentor like me is that it will help lead you to a path of growth. Applying to Outschool and taking the next steps may seem overwhelming and daunting. As your mentor, I can help motivate you to keep going on your Outschool journey.
There’s only one requirement for mentoring: you must use my referral link. When you use my referral link, email me or leave a comment below.
I won’t be able to contact you unless you say that you have used my referral link to apply. When I look in Outschool it doesn’t show me your full name or email it just says your first name.
*On your application, put your first name instead of Mr., Mrs., or Miss. in the teacher name box. Otherwise, I won’t be able to see your name.
I’m happy to provide you all of the Outschool support you may need when you get started. I’ve got tips for class ideas and can answer any questions you may have via e-mail. Click here to use my referral link to get started!