Weekend Coffee Share: A Week of Learning

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Good morning. Hope you are well this week. I am feeling better this week but still need to have the tissue box nearby!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that despite my cold I have had a week jam-packed with learning. On Tuesday afternoon, I attended the third workshop session on Writing Development in children. Normally at these sessions, attention is focused on children learning in English. I was extremely pleased when they handed out a document pertaining to learning in a French Immersion setting. I came away from the session knowing that the sounds of a language should be taught (which I knew) and be tested (which I had never thought of). My intention is now to put into place a Spelling Test on sounds (the children write down what they think the sound looks like). Once the children understand the correlation between the spoken sound and the written sound, their spelling will improve. First the vowel sounds are tested, then the consonants, then the blends (i.e., ee, ea, sh).

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my second learning experience took place on Thursday. For the first time, I signed up to visit an Exploration Classroom: a teacher in the School Board opens up her classroom to ten teachers from other schools within the same Board. The class was one on Art and we observed the teacher guiding the children in their application of printmaking. As a person who did not do Art at school, and who has a minimal amount of Art knowledge, the task was interesting. In the afternoon, the Art teacher guided us through the same activity. I am excited to try this with my students and am ready to order inks, rollers and polystyrene.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am working on a project with the library teacher at my school. I am helping her plan an Exploration Classroom, and she is helping me learn to bring technology into my classroom. Yesterday we had a planning session at lunch time. Not only did we begin the planning for our inquiry, but she also introduced me to Google Docs and how we can share the document with others. Our lunch together was fruitful and interesting – Β the bonus was my unexpected learning.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that today I am to attend another session of learning organised for the Beginning Teachers of the TDSB. The sessions are to take place in the morning and I am looking forward to listening to the ones I have signed up for. I would say good-bye now as it is almost time to leave home so that I can be on time.

Have a wonderful week.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

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

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29 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: A Week of Learning

  1. Sounds like a good week, Colline. πŸ™‚
    I would tell you that I had a good week, too. I didn’t learn as much as you did, but I did learn a little here and there including some new designs for the mandalas I’m drawing.

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  2. If we were having coffee, I would tell you first that it is one of my most favorite things to do, have coffee with a friend. The first is to have coffee with the Lord. I would tell you that reading the books I have listed on my book journey have been enjoyable reads and have spoken directly to my heart. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am having an awesome journey with my commitment to writing by being inspired to delve deeper. I would tell you that I have received new revelation about myself and my relationship to my mother (more definitive). I would tell you that I have written more posts from the prompt responses and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I would tell you that I am glad you are feeling better and that I can appreciate you learning new things, your open-mindedness. I would tell you that I appreciate that we still have awesome teachers who love bringing out the best in kids. I would tell you to have a blessed week and see you next time.

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    1. I would be pleased to hear that you are well on your way in your writing journey. It is exciting, isn’t it, when you see your enjyment in something blossom. It sounds like your reading journey is mirroring your writing one – and maybe even inspiring you to put your own thoughts on paper. Have a blessed week filled with reflection and writing.

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  3. Good for you Colline – it’s important we all continue learning, especially our teachers. Would that all were as dedicated as you are! As for your cold, somehow living in a world inhabited by the multiple germs of children doesn’t bode well for one’s health!!

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    1. No it doesn’t as the germs are constantly there. At the end of each day I wipe surfaces with disinfectant and it does prevent all of us getting sick too often, I believe.

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  4. Good to hear that you are on the way to getting better. Sounds like an activities-filled week. The Exploration Classroom sounds exciting. Technology always makes learning more fun, and kids are such quick learners these days πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m happy to hear you’re feeling better, Colline. For someone who was under the weather, you certainly had a busy week. I am looking forward to seeing photos of the children’s printmaking.

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    1. We are still in the planning stage Norah. On Friday we introduced the children to the app that we are going to use and spoke about the expectations we have when they use the iPad. Now I have some work to do on vocabulary before we move to the next step. I will definitely keep you updated on the progress.

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  6. Oh I love trainings and stuff like this! The art session sounds fun- when I first did it with kids (in 2008) I was winging it and it thankfully came out super great- had a few good books with tips – but would have been. Nice to have a day like yours – which I have had for other things. Anyhow – glad u are feeling much better this week- β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ

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  7. You are really busy, Colline, it would normally be exhausting but not for a teacher engaged as much as you. I applaud your constant desire to improve. Have a great week ahead!

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  8. What wonderful learning you’ve been doing this week! We’ve recently started using Google Classroom with our students. They’re very excited and it’s a fun way to get them interested in different topics. I hope you have another great week!

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