Weekend Coffee Share: A Friendly Visitor

weekendcoffeeshareIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that I had an amazing visitor yesterday. A friend of mine who lives hours away, came by yesterday for a chat. I loved seeing her and it definitely made my week. We chatted like we had seen each other only a few hours ago. What I enjoy about seeing my friend is that we seem to pick up where we left off in our last conversation. It was with regret that I said good-bye to her at the end of the visit. I already look forward to the next time we see one another.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my friend’s visit was a welcome distraction to the deadline I have been working on for the past week: report cards. The past two weeks I have been assessing the children’s reading, writing, listening, and speech in French. I am currently in the process of summarising their Math abilities and will continues assessing their recent projects. I spend quite a bit of time on my students’ report cards as I wish to make the comments personal, as well as make sure that their grades accurately reflect their skills.

If we were having coffee, I would have to say good-bye after a couple of hours as the report card deadline looms.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)


23 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: A Friendly Visitor

  1. I would tell you that my report cards are done and that I have a few days off before I have to start proof-reading other people’s report cards. As the report card administrator for our school I’m always on call to make corrections and print and reprint report cards. I’m glad that I only have four classes of art to assess. It makes all my other responsibilities less onerous. I’m glad you try to make your comments personal. There’s nothing more boring than reading cookie cutter comments but I get why teachers use them.

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    1. The cookie-cutter comments are easier to use but, in my opinion, they have no meaning. I do not envy you your job of reading all those report cards. I am sure you need to take a lot of breaks.


  2. When I was teaching, I hated report cards. I do believe in assessment reports that are constructive and aimed at helping the students. Unfortunately, the nature of report cards in U.S. public schools are more about blame.


  3. Hi Colline. I’d tell you that the personal comments on the report cards sometimes make a huge difference in the confidence in a child! It’s well worth the time and effort! Still, I hope you finish them soon and have more coffee break time!


  4. If we were sharing coffee, I’d commend you on the time you take with report cards. I taught at the university level, but I tried to write meaningful comments on my students’ papers and exams. Sometimes the deadlines were too tight to write as much as I would have liked.

    I’d also say I admire your commitment to teaching. I have since I first read your blog. Your students are very lucky.

    And, I’d say it’s wonderful you have a friend like you described. It is wonderful when conversations just continue cross time and miles.

    I think folks enjoyed having coffee with you — perhaps you will do it again soon.


    1. I think I will have coffee again Phylor – I have enjoyed reading the responses.
      And thank you for your comments. I enjoy teaching and believe that treating each child, and their work, as unique can ony help the child grow. I have seen that the personal touch does work.

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      1. The personal touch really does help. As you say, no two students are the same, learn the same, retain the same. Recognizing that, as you do, is so important. If I had a child in school, I’m make sure she was in your class.
        Looking forward to another coffee.

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