If we were having coffee, I would welcome you with a smile of tiredness. This has been an exhausting week with a lot going on.
Monday began as every week does with breakfast and a quick preparing of the classroom for the week. The week’s weather began on a positive note and it felt like a wonderful spring day. I spent moments during the day getting ready for Tuesday as I was to give a presentation to the Parent Council of our school.
Tuesday was a long day which ended with my presentation. I spoke to the parents who were present about combined classes (an occurance which does not happen often at our school). I referred to the definition and how I have taught my combined class of grade 1s and 2s. I shared some photos that I had taken during the year in which the children were working together in groups. The reaction of the parents who were present was positive – though I did feel that I was speaking to women (there were no dads present) who believed in combined classes.
On Wednesday, a group of teachers in our school board came into my classroom. I had worked on a project with the teacher librarian, showing the children how to search for images using Kiddle (a child-friendly search engine) and to use Popplet to create a graphic organiser with the aim of sharing their information. The teacher librarian shared our teaching process and the technology we had used with those who had come to visit our rooms. While in my room, I shared with the teachers some of my documentation (thanks to my outspoken student who wanted to share her portfolio). It was interesting to have others in my room, and it felt good to share what I was doing.
Friday was Earth Day at school but, unfortunately, I was not with my class to participate in the clean-up that the school had organised. I have no regrets missing the day though. Instead I visited spent the day at a Kindergarten Academy visiting classrooms and learning from the teachers who had organised the day. The classrooms were inspiring to see and I came away from the morning with so many ideas milling around in my head.
During the afternoon, we spoke about what we had seen, did an art activity, and learned how the teachers we had observed document their children’s learning.
I am excited to use the apps that they shared with us – I think they will help speed up the documentation process. The one teacher suggested Pic Collage and, using it with her, I saw how quickly I could document the learning of the children in my class. I know I will use the the Photo Editor to help to blur any children’s faces in the images that I may want to use on social media. I am excited to try these apps and look forward to the documenting process this week.
Yesterday (Saturday) I spent a very relaxing day reading a book my daughter had recommended (Delusion Road by Don Aker), and sleeping in the afternoon. I am enjoying the book and am not surprised that the novel has been nominated for the White Pine Award.
My exhaustion has abated a bit and thankfully the upcoming week will not be as exhausting. I wish you a wonderful day and all the best for the next seven days.
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)