If we were having coffee, I would tell you that yesterday late afternoon I was glad to open the door to my home. It had been raining for two days non-stop. I love the rain, but what I don’t love is indoor recess. The kids get antsy as they do not have an opportunity to run around outside. Recess is great – the children have a break from the confines of the room, and teachers have a break from the noise of many kids. Yesterday the children stayed in the room with me and it was a long stretch to lunchtime. I am hoping that Monday will be a clear day so that we all can have the break to clear our minds. Things look promising as today the skies are blue.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it has been a hectic week. I am currently working on the next PD (professional development) session that I am presenting to the teachers at our school. I have started putting down the ideas I have and now need to complete the slideshow presentation and work on the cards I intend to give to those attending the session.
In addition, we had our staff meeting this week. It began a little differently this month in that we chipped in and the social committee organised lunch for us (sandwiches, salad, and a little cake). I enjoyed not having to prepare lunch for myself for one day – and I enjoyed eating lunch together with the other teachers. This month the staff meeting was not too long as we had recently met on the PA day.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I woke up feeling exhausted this morning and that I am a little slow with my chores today. What a pity we don’t have a 3 day weekend this week – I really enjoy the extra day when we do have one. I am certain to take a nap this afternoon so that I can feel better rested tomorrow and ready to take on the next week.
If we were having coffee, I would wish you a good week. Our temperatures are going down and it looks like we will have to start wearing jackets and boots. My daughter will be glad as she gets to wear her new sweater🙂 .
This past week for Show & Tell, I asked my students to bring in their favourite plush toy and tell us about it. Yesterday one of the girls brought in this huge dog which ‘worked’ with the class during the day. I could not help but smile and take a photo to capture the moment. Here he is doing the Math problem of the day.
There have been days in the last month when the temperatures have dropped low enough to cause the leaves to change colour and humans to wear their jackets.
The last few days, however, have been bliss!
Jackets have been left in homes, in cars, on park benches, and on wooden fences. Screams of delight have echoed in playgrounds as short-sleeved children play under falling leaves of trees.
We have been enjoying every moment of the warmer weather, turning our faces up to the sky and allowing the sun’s rays to warm our bare skin. We savour the warmth before the advent of colder days and falling snow.
This week I am grateful for the mild weather we are experiencing and am thankful it is not too cold yet.
This weekend I started a novel that has been sitting on my TBR pile for over a year. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory is an historical novel set in Tudor England during the reign of Henry VIII. The story begins three years after the beheading of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife.
My teaser can be found near the beginning of the book and reflects the thoughts of Anne of Cleves as she sits for a portrait that is to be taken to England’s king.
“I hardly dare to breathe. I am as still as a block, a smile stuck on my face, my eyes wide open, looking boldly at the artist, appearing, I hope, trustworthy, my frank stare indicating honesty but not immodesty. My borrowed jewels are the best that my other could lay her hands on, designed to show to a critical viewer that we are not quite paupers, even though my brother will offer no dowry to pay a husband. The king will have to choose me for my pleasant appearance and political connections. I have nothing else to offer. But he must choose me. I am absolutely determined that he will choose me. It is everything to me to get away from here.” (p. 4, Harper, 2006)
I have not had a chance to read much this week, but I am looking forward to reading more of this woman, Henry VIII, and of Katherine Howard (Henry VIII’s fifth wife).
What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it feels a little chilly this morning. Yes, the temperatures have dropped this week. Tuesday it was very cold in my classroom – so cold I was wearing my coat inside! To feel a little warmer, we had to go and spend some time outside. I am happy to say that the furnace at the school has been fixed and now it is a little warmer inside!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week has flown by. Because it was Thanksgiving on Monday, we had only 4 working days. As the week ended, I could not help wishing that we had more four-day weeks during the year. I believe that we work too much and do not spend enough time enjoying our lives. I know that I spend a lot of the weekend recovering from the work-day week and often wish for the extra day so that I can spend time doing more than just resting and doing household chores..
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am starting to get to know the quirks and personalities of the children in my class. We have shared a few laughs, and sometimes I can’t help but smiling at things my students say and do (which seems to be the mission of this year’s class clown🙂 ). We are still working on improving their stamina for focusing on their work but, little by little, we are getting there.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have had a good week but that I am feeling a little tired today. I think I will be taking a nap this afternoon!
With the start of school, I find myself sitting in front of my computer planning my lessons and documenting my students’ learning. As I begin to use Google Docs more and more, multiple tabs remain open for the week as I complete the documentation of each learning experience in my classroom. I spend time in front of the computer after school, finishing my work and planning. I manipulate and create the documents on my screen with confidence and leave work at the end of the day satisfied with the tasks I have completed.
When I get home in the evenings, I find I cannot sit in front of my laptop’s screen. My body is tired of sitting in a chair; and my eyes are tired of the light emanating from the screen. After dinner, I look at another screen instead – the television screen. The story on the screen takes me to another time and place. My mind and body relaxes as I watch the lives of characters that have been created for my enjoyment. .
The result of cutting down computer screen time at home is that I am blogging less than before. I find I need time away from the keyboard not only because I want a physical rest from typing, but also because my inspiration has waned. Instead of thinking of stories and possible scenarios, I am thinking instead of the programme I am creating for my class and of the presentations I am expected to create for staff members as the new POR for our school.
I am hoping that inspiration will strike again – and be so strong that my desire to sit in front of the computer will increase. In the meantime, I enjoy the screen time that I am experiencing – and know that I look forward to watching some story-telling this evening.
Do you experience plenty of screen time during the day?
Good morning! If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I cannot believe that it is October already! The past month seems to have flown by. The first month of school is always hectic as the days are filled with preparing things for the year, and with meeting deadlines.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that yesterday was a PA day – which means that the children were not at school. The morning was spent in a staff meeting learning about the updated policy of the school board that I work for, as well as working on our School Improvement Plan. The afternoon was meant for compliance training which is done online. As usual, the system could not handle all of the people accessing it. The result? I have to do it in my own time. The afternoon was not wasted, however, as I am now up to date with my assessment and the filing of my students’ work.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the temperatures have dropped a little but not too much. It is still warm enough to wear short sleeves during the day. I enjoy the cooler weather and the sight of the leaves beginning to change colour on the trees.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this weekend is our Thanksgiving weekend. Soon I will go out and do my shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. I always enjoy the meal that I have with my family. My daughter this year wants to bake biscuits (cookies). I had better make sure that I have all the ingredients in my cupboards!
If we were having coffee, I would wish you a wonderful weekend. And if you are Canadian, a wonderful Thanksgiving.