Weekend Coffee Share: Exhaustion


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)


15 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Exhaustion

  1. Ah, this would be so nice dear Colline… There would be so many things to talk… But first of all I would have told that I was so happy to see you 🙂 and I would have added, I couldn’t believe, was it real? 🙂 Thank you, love, nia


  2. good idea with the spelling lists – well when you word it that way it makes such good sense – and I love (LOVE) when people are open to feedback! Gosh does it meet needs better when leaders actually assess and customize what works and what does not! so big high five to you C

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    1. Thank you. I am hoping that with the personalised dictee lists, the children will start spelling the words that they use often correctly. And it is always good to have the parents on your side 🙂

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  3. I like your method of teaching spelling knowing how to use a word in a sentence is from learning the correct spelling. I do see a problem of it working if the parent doesn’t do his part.
    There are times we just to put aside the work and come back to it later It works for me


    1. The parents who do not work with their children with this new form of spelling, will be those who previously did not do so either. Most of the parents of my students, however, do want them to do well in succeed in the French Immersion programme.

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  4. Your idea to replace spelling lists with personalized lists if remarkable. So often the words on those lists are not words that children use. There is plenty of time for them to learn the lists when they are older and more likely to use them.


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