Weekly Coffee Share: An Exhausting Week

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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.

An inspirational classroom. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
An Inspirational Classroom. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

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.

An Art Activity. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
An Art Activity. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

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.

Delusion RoadYesterday (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)

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24 thoughts on “Weekly Coffee Share: An Exhausting Week

    1. I have enjoyed the time I had over the weekend. Hopefully the forthcoming week will not be as stressful – and I get a chance to do a little bit of blogging!

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  1. I found it so interesting to get a view of your week and engaging work at your school. I was lucky to have a very good teacher who I owe so much. So to invest in children is very important. I am from Denmark and here too it seems that women/mothers show up for most things

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    1. I think it is what happens the world over. Moms are the ones who spend the extra time in their children’s schools helping out. I have noticed lately, though, that a few dads are beginning to help out.

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  2. Wow, Colline, what a busy but productive week! I find that it is always helpful to get other educators opinions and share ideas. It is somehow renewing, allows us to recommit to the learning process instead of getting burned out. Good luck with the new apps. They seem very useful.

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  3. The children in your class are very lucky to have a good teacher. I didn’t realize that teaching youngsters about positive uses of the Internet. My school years were over long before the internet was discovered. One of my brothers work for IBM working onbit development. Another worked on it for another company.

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    1. One of the School Board’s directives is to bring technology into the classroom. It makes sense as the children today are expected to know how to use it as they get older to work on their projects – and then when they begin working.

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  4. If we were having coffee (and I am now even though it is late in the afternoon), I would say that you had a productive week. Productivity is tiring. I am glad that you got see new methods for teaching your class. Glad that you were able to present to the parents awesome things going on the teaching realm for their children. I would tell you that I, too, had a very tiring week. Grateful for a job, no doubt, but also glad for an off day. I have been enjoying the blogging community and posting when I could. Since I work nights, my days start late. Not sure what I will do when the second job starts with early days but looking forward to getting debt organized and eliminated. I would say that I am glad that we were able to get together for coffee again (figuratively if not literally) and look forward to coffee again. Have a blessed week!

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    1. The blogging community always brings pleasure, doesn’t it? I hope your routine fits in nicely when you begin your second job – what a pleasure it will be to see that debt eroding!
      Enjoy your week. May it be filled with blessings.

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  5. Sounds like a busy week you had there, Colleen. Glad your presentation went well and the parents sounded understanding. It is interesting to hear they are mainly women. But maybe it’s a different story on parent-teacher nights.

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