Weekend Coffee Share: A Positive Note

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Good morning to you on this crisp, cold day. Yes, the temperatures have gone down this week here in Toronto and I have had to wear my winter coat when on outdoor duty at school. Right now I can hear the frigid wind howling outside and I am not looking forward to going out to do my weekly grocery shopping.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the week ended on a positive note. As I locked my classroom door yesterday afternoon, I had a sense of satisfaction that all my assessments and marking are up to date. This week my students presented their projects for the inquiry on structures (designing and building a structure with recyclable materials) and the presentations went well. The children had done their best work and were very proud to show and explain to their classmates what they had done. In addition to building with boxes and cylindrical shapes, my students had the opportunity to build a windmill with moving parts using wood, a hammer, and nails (refer to Wednesday’s post on woodworking). On Wednesday afternoon, I gave the children a chance to decorate their windmills and paint them. Their work was the envy of others when they carried the completed project home after school.

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
Completed Windmills. Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

Nothing eventful has happened in the past week aside from completing a unit of work in class. I have started a new inquiry in the classroom with my children – we are to explore Living Things. I have many ideas whirling about in my head but I shall only put them into practice once I have done the Demonstration Classroom with my collegue. My focus right now is preparing for the morning that is to happen in about two weeks. We have introduced the children to Popplet, the app we will be using, and I have offered the children vocabulary games to play. I look forward to seeing what the next week will bring.

Even though all my marking is up to date, this weekend I will spend some time planning as well as creating some cards to add to my word wall of animals. During our class discussion, the children came up with many words that I did not think of. I would like to add their contribution to the wall in order to make the vocabulary list more relevant to them.

If we were having coffee, I would wish you well for the following week. I forsee a busy one for me which will hopefully end on a high note.

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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33 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: A Positive Note

  1. I love the windmills, those are great. I bet the children will be thrilled to get their words on your wall that’s so nice of you to include them and make them feel important that way.

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  2. What would I tell you if we had coffee. Let me think …

    I would tell you that you are one of the most positive and grateful people I’ve ever met in my life and I love seeing photos of your beautiful and colourful classroom and all the things you do and see. πŸ˜€

    It sounds like you and the kids are going to have an exciting week. It’s wonderful to see how you inspire them to be creative.

    Enjoy the weekend and hope Spring will smile very soon and that the sun will comfort you with its warm rays. β™₯

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    1. Thank you Sonel. πŸ™‚
      I am hoping I can figure out a way to share the creative work the children. Are to do in the next few weeks. We will be doing the task with the iPad. As it is my first time doing this, I still have to figure it out.

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      1. I know you will find a way Colline. If in doubt, there’s always Google. That’s what I do. LOL! I am sure you are going to have some great ideas and they will have lots of fun. πŸ˜€

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  3. If were were having coffee together, I’m having a cup myself right now, I would say this week has been interesting. God is revealing Himself in the details. I should have a second part-time job soon so that I can move forward in the transition. I have been reading a lot and writing a lot. I feel excitement coming on from doing the work I need to. There is a good feeling when you put the work in for your dreams and goals. It is rainy and rather cold today in Las Vegas. However, I feel a coziness today. Maybe it’s the writing, the revelation from God, or just being thankful for today, rain and all. If we were having coffee, I would say thank you for the friendship, transcendent from the physical. Thank you for asking about me. Have a blessed week and I look forward to having coffee with you again soon.

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  4. Hi Colline. It sounds like you had a positive week. The weather is cold here too in Michigan. In fact, it’s snowing right now. We’ve had more snow in the last 2 weeks than in February! Crazy. I hope next week is a good one.

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  5. Crazy cold here too! Yesterday was snow but today is sunny and warmer. Your unit on Living Things reminds me of when our third graders “raised” meal worms so they could watch the changing life cycles. After they had gone from worm to pupa to beetle, we took them outside and set them free.

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  6. I would share your delight in the achievements of your lucky pupils and maybe reminisce a little about the joy I created in my classroom too. I might tell you a little about the music and dance project that I am involved in, Shoreline….. Have a good week ahead. πŸ™‚

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  7. Hi Coline, I love the windmills and I’ll have to show them to my daughter along with that vocab app. What great ideas. I have become totally absorbed by my A-Z theme: Writing Letters to Dead POets. It’s become a very absorbing and explorative philosophical and personal journey. Hope you have a great week. My kids are on school holidays for the next two weeks. We’re having a quiet day at home today. Well, not so quiet. My son is in a Minecraft chat room playing with his online mates. You could hear him from down the street at times! xx Rowena

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    1. I love the time when school holidays come around. When my girls were younger we would go out to the library and visit the park in good weather. Now they do those things with their friends but lunches and suppers are longer πŸ™‚

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