Weekend Coffee Share: Getting Ready

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comGood morning. How are you keeping? I know, it has been a while since we have had coffee! When the school year ended in June, I was exhausted and I willingly let my blogging routine slide. During the past weeks I have slept, read to my heart’s content, watched movies on Netflix, and enjoyed the time with my family.

Now the time has arrived for the new school year to begin and, as a result, I have been preparing during the past week for that very important first day of school.

On Monday when I opened the door to my room, I was surprised by the presence of a ladder, drop plastic, and workman’s tools. I guessed that the room was being prepared for painting. The space needed it and I was thankful that the room was on the list. I was hopeful, though, that they would finish in time for me to prepare for next week.

Construction in Classroom. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
Construction in Classroom. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

On Wednesday the plastering was done – but not the painting. I was told that the painters would paint later in the month therefore, on Thursday, I began getting ready for the first day of school. I had a lot to do: wiping the dust off of the furniture as I re-arranged it, taking out the readers and materials from the cupboards, preparing notebooks and holders for each of the students, planning the lessons for the first few days at school.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
Preparing holders for students’ readers. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

As I was preparing the students’ individual notebooks and holders, I was thankful that this is the second year I will be teaching the same class. I have an idea of what to do with the children – all I need to do is refine certain aspects of the programme that I taught last year. As I worked towards getting my room ready, I noticed I was not as stressed as I was this time last year.

The Reading Centre. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
The Reading Centre. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

Many things in my classroom will remain the same as last year with a few minor adjustments. Like my reading centre: I have kept the cosy feel of it but have added a shelf to store more readers, and have placed these readers in baskets instead of plastic bins. I am sure this centre will become a favourite place to spend time – as it was last year.

For an hour or two this weekend, I will spend time writing down exactly what it is that I plan to do during the first days. And the rest of the time? I will enjoy the time with my family before the activity of the school year begins.

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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17 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Getting Ready

  1. I find it hard to believe it is Labor Day and school is starting again. It looks like those children taking your class will have excellent chance toearn. I like the reading center. I haven’t been well this last week and the coffee share never can in my email., I started to looked for it and now will try and write a blog.

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  2. Hi C – if we were having coffee I would say I am glad that you have the same class this year and hope your school year starts off great.
    I would then tell you that we are grateful that Hurricane Hermine did not blast us, but instead is giving a light rain and many plans can still go on – just modified. And my heart goes out to those hurt from this early September storm….
    I would then say hope u have a good day.

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    1. I would respond that I am glad you and your family were safe from the hurricane. The aftermath of a hurricane can be disastrous and it is not an experience I would wish on anyone.
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  3. The reading center looks great. This is the first year my oldest gets library books sent home, and we are both excited about the reading program. September and the start of the school year is great. Nice coffee post, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. I have noticed that if the reading centre is comfy, children are willing to spend a part of their day there. Enjoy the reading programme with your child this year.

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  4. Colline, I’d share the story of my nephew’s classroom as your story reminded me of it. This year is his first year in Junior High School. In June the school had the carpets cleaned in the rooms. While everything was still damp, they locked up for the summer. No one thought about the need for ventilation and in August the teachers opened their doors to rooms covered in mold. All surfaces had mold.

    Quickly all the rugs were torn out and everything was cleaned professionally. Meanwhile the junior high students are in a preschool classroom.

    What were the best books and films you saw this summer?

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    1. That was not too clever! Even though it is hot in summer, the moisture does need to go somewhere. And now they have spent double the money to get their rooms clean!
      I read so many books this summer – it was wonderful! The best book I think was the novel “We Are All Made of Molecules” by Cathleen Shine. I did not go to the cinema but spent some time watching some series on Netflix. My favourite? “Marco Polo” and “Orange is the New Black”.

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  5. Loving your classroom! Isn’t it fun getting ready to welcome the students? I think that is one of the best things about working in a school- we still get that same thrill at the beginning of the year that we experienced as a child. Our class went through major renovations this summer due, in part, to a roof leak, which also kept us from being able to set up until just this past Thursday (students arrive on Tuesday). Needless to say, the teachers were feeling a bit stressed but it all seems to have worked out. Good luck starting the year!

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    1. It is a part of what I enjoy being a teacher – every year is different with new kids and a “new” room (especially as the children’s work is different every year. Glad your roof leak has been fixed – your room must be looking good!
      Have a good first day!

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