If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Fiday I came home exhausted and that my exhaustion continued into Saturday even after a night’s sleep. My report cards may be done but the work has piled up on my desk in the interim. At times I feel a bit overwhelmed with trying to deliver two different curriculum and with the work it entails. Friday was one of those days and I knew I needed to step away in order to recharge.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I decided to stop the formal spelling tests that I have been giving my students since the beginning of the year. These tests seem to be an expectation at the school I am working at. I find that learning the list of words by heart does not help the children transfer the correct spelling into their writing. Instead I will now create a personalised list of words for each child (I will add the words to their notebook when I correct their writing) and it will be the responsibilty of the parents to work on these words with their children. No longer will I be giving be giving spelling tests; and no longer will the children stress over learning a long list of words. The feedback from the parents has been positive – their responses were not what I had expected.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Saturday morning I could not even face opening my laptop to read my emails and messages. Instead, I spent the day reading a little, sleeping, and watching a bit of Netflix. I decided to begin watching a series that has been on my “to watch” list for a while: Downton Abbey. I am loving the series and I can see why others do too. I look forward to seeing more of the romance and how the war will affect their lives.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that today I will do a little catch-up: grocery shopping, tidying up our place, and some reading for a series of workshops I am attending. Friday I left my marking at school after my decision not to do any school work this weekend. I think this is something I should do more often.
If we were having coffee, I would wish you well for the week ahead. I will try not to work too hard – and I hope you do the same.
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)