This is an overview of PalFish. An application I been looking into. I have completed the process and been hired as an official Teacher!
Join PalFish to gain extra money, while teaching students to speak proper English!
What is PalFish?
PalFish is a free mobile app available for both iOS and Android devices. The goal of the app is to help non-native speakers improve their English while giving native English speakers a chance to earn some extra cash on the side.
You start out with ‘Trial’, then acquiring full time students. Trial is PalFish scheduling students to your time slots. Parents can decide to choose you as their dedicated teacher. You get paid either way. You will have many Trials before building relationships with students.
You will still need to work. The classes are set for 25 minutes each. You need to be in the class at least one moment before it starts. The application can be small on your phone screen making it difficult to see, depending on your phone.
However, the average rate is at 1.5 RMB, which is equal to $13.80 per hour, much higher than minimum wage!
You can withdraw once a month. My first Trial class, I earned 55 Yuan. This equated around 8 dollars for 30 minutes. Nothing to sneeze at. Plus PalFish gives you 100 Yuan when you start with them. This is to help fund props.
You don’t need any prior experience. As long as you have strong English skills, you’re more than likely going to pass their verification round.
How much is the Pay?
Starting pay for Official Kids Course lessons is 50yuan per lesson (with a 5 yuan bonus for being on time)… So, generally speaking 55yuan or about US$8.15 (if you aren’t late entering the classroom) for a 25 minute lesson.
For each lesson you teach, you also earn points. Earning points allows you to level up to a higher pay rate per lesson in the following month.
What are these Trial Classes?
In the beginning, most of your lessons will be trial lessons. These lessons are super repetitive, but doing them over and over again gives you a chance to work on your teaching style, techniques, and to familiarize yourself with the app.
Trial students are new to PalFish – they take these lessons to decide whether they want to purchase an Official Kids Course package. The trials also give teachers an opportunity to impress potential new students (and parents) and allow them to assess the students level. If students do purchase a package after taking a trial with you, you will receive an additional 200Yuan, 20 points – (that’s about US$38 for a 25 minute lesson) – and, potentially, a new regular student.
I have commented before, our youth has lost their ability to critically think. However, what exactly is critical thinking? Have we, as the generation before, failed our youth in teaching the art of critical thinking?
What is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking can be seen as having two components:
1) a set of information and belief generating and processing skills, and
2) the habit, based on intellectual commitment, of using those skills to guide behavior. [Source]
This two-fold definition can also be summarized as acquiring information, and applying action based on the provided information. In order to apply the valuable actions, the information must be solid or true.
Additionally, critical thinking is to make logical judgments that are well-thought out and are made after analysing the facts carefully. [Source]
Yet, today we can see all our information is filtered through bias, a desired narrative, or missing all together.
More importantly, the true information or facts are hard to reach today and many lost the skills to acquire solid information.
Methods or Steps in Critical Thinking
We need to identify some of the methods to critical thinking, and understand how to apply them.
There are commonly five steps in critical thinking.
1. Identify a Question 2. Gather Data, Research Multiple Sources 3. Analyze the Data 4. Make a Decision/ Conclusion 5. Publish or Present
While these steps seem obvious and simple, many of us skip steps 2 and 3. Additionally, many of us allow others give us step 1, without thinking about it.
Step One – Identify a Question
Without realizing it, step one is crucial. How we frame or construct our question will determine our research. In the scientific method, one must make an observation first, then ask the question.
How we observe, identifying the observation will help us ask the critical questions. If we allow someone else to frame that question, control is already in place to steer the narrative.
Step two – Gather Data, Research Multiple Sources
Gather data from multiple sources is becoming harder today. Yes, we have the advantage of the Internet, extrapolating data from multiple websites. However, when we consider six corporations own all of United States media, we can see the control. [Source]
Therefore we need to reach outside the confines of the easy access, and this takes time. Attempt to pull in statistical data, printed data, as well as your online data.
Step three – Analyze the Data
Now we have gathered our resources, we need to review our data.
As you review your data, you may find you have the exact data you need, but more likely, you might need to revise your original question or collect more data.
Step four – Make a Decision/ Conclusion
I came across an interesting article conveying conclusions are not decisions. They go on to say, ” Only one right conclusion exists and we must draw it from the data by using logical reasoning and technical knowledge” and “a conclusion can be ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, (2+2=5), but not ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’. A decision can be ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’, but not ‘right’ or ‘wrong ” [Source]
The point is, we need proper analysis of our data to make a sound conclusion. Then based on that conclusion, we attempt to make a good decision or view.
Matt Cole has high regard in knowledge share. He has a desire to share critical thinking and information provision. A Masters in Information Technology, and a wide array of certifications. Matt is currently working on content and online courses available to parents and kids.