Weekend Coffee Share: Glad to be Home

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that yesterday late afternoon I was glad to open the door to my home. It had been raining for two days non-stop. I love the rain, but what I don’t love is indoor recess. The kids get antsy as they do not have an opportunity to run around outside. Recess is great – the children have a break from the confines of the room, and teachers have a break from the noise of many kids. Yesterday the children stayed in the room with me and it was a long stretch to lunchtime. I am hoping that Monday will be a clear day so that we all can have the break to clear our minds. ThingsΒ look promising as today the skies are blue.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it has been a hectic week. I am currently working on the next PD (professional development) session that I am presenting to the teachers at our school. I have started putting down the ideas I have and now need to complete the slideshow presentation and work on the cards I intend to give to those attending the session.

In addition, we had our staff meeting this week. It began a little differently this month in that we chipped in and the social committee organised lunch for us (sandwiches, salad, and a little cake). I enjoyed not having to prepare lunch for myself for one day – and I enjoyed eating lunch together with the other teachers. This month the staff meeting was not too long as we had recently met on the PA day.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I woke up feeling exhausted this morning and that I am a little slow with my chores today. What a pity we don’t have a 3 day weekend this week – I really enjoy the extra day when we do have one. I am certain to take a nap this afternoon so that I can feel better rested tomorrow and ready to take on the next week.

If we were having coffee, I would wish you a good week. Our temperatures are going down and it looks like we will have to start wearing jackets and boots. My daughter will be glad as she gets to wear her new sweater πŸ™‚ .

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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40 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Glad to be Home

  1. I would tell you that this week was exhausting. I had book club on Tuesday, went to an accessory sale just before that, went with the cross country runners to the West Conference Finals on Wednesday and after school went to Costco to order a cake for a baby shower, picked up the cake and attended the baby shower on Thursday for one of our teachers and on Friday set up the book fair in the library between teaching art and library classes. I also stayed late on Friday putting the finishing touches on the book fair displays and choosing new books for the library. I hope you have a better week and that the sun continues to shine. Isn’t it a glorious day today? The sky is so blue.

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    1. You did have a busy week! Our kids went to run on Friday but I am not one of the teachers that go with them. Hope your book fair is a success – ours will be happening next month.
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend and here’s to a more relaxed week.

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          1. Love Toronto. Have been there several times for professional conferences. No wonder you are getting colder faster than us! I am WAY south of you. But almost due south. Maybe 1000 miles or close to it. In the middle of the eastern part of the U.S. A border state between the southern U.S. And the northern part of the country. Are you Canadian by birth?

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  2. Yes, indoor recess leads to tense afternoons! Our students usually end up watching a video in the library during inclement weather. The problem is they are forced to watch the same library of old videos we’ve had forever! I can’t blame them for being bored and of course that usually means that they end up getting rowdy and out of hand. I hope your weather this week is better. Thanks for the coffee!

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  3. I do hope it’s fine on Monday, so that you and the children get a break. Sometimes they love playing indoors to have extra play with all the toys, use the computers and do some writing. But they do need to get out in the fresh air. I’ve read that Finnish children go outdoors in all weather. I wonder what their organisation for wet weather lunches looks like. I always thought it was harder for the teachers though, as they didn’t get a break during the day. It was even difficult to get to the toilet, and eating lunch was not very relaxing. One day is not too bad. More than that is difficult, especially when things have to be prepared for lessons after lunch.

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    1. The vp came to relieve my for a toilet break – for which I was very thankful. When I was at school, we did go out in all weathers but then had corridors to hang around in to escape the wet rain. We also used to eat outside as we did not have lunchrooms. Our breaks were 20/15 minutes long. And in South Africa it doesn’t get as cold as it does here in Canada.

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          1. Who watches at lunch time? Here we generally have two breaks which add up to 1 hour and 15 minutes in all, in a school day from 9 until 3. Teachers are rostered on for all duties of either 15 or 30 minutes duration; and usually 90 minutes per week, which means a lunch duty most days.

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              1. I had heard of lunch supervisors being employed but wasn’t sure where. It would be nice for teachers to get an actual break during the day. However, there is a lot to be learned about children by watching their behaviour in the playground: seeing who they play with, what they play, and how they get along with others.

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  4. Hi Colline,
    Thanks so much for the coffee. Nap? You mentioned nap? I’ll blame you for my eyeballs falling out wanting to fall into my keyboard. I’ve been waiting for a phone call and so couldn’t have a nap and now my son is about to arrive home and I need to be at least somewhat chirpy.
    Kids need to run and I know what they’re like when they’ve been copped up too long and it isn’t pretty. I get a bit of cabin fever myself and have been feeling so much bettere since I’ve been getting out more lately. It’s Spring here and the sun is just glorious this time of year and not too hot. BTW, I live just North of Sydney.
    Hope you have a great week and good weather.
    xx Rowena

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      1. Thanks very much Colline. Not so much in the way of flowers where we live. We’re right near the beach and the soil is pretty poor. My Spring beauty is the beach and being able to enjoy the sun before it gets too hot.

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  5. That it’s been an emotional roller coaster of a week. But you probably guessed. πŸ™‚ Sleep is elusive, and silly worries intrude. Searching for a new ‘normal’. Sounds like you have your hands full, Colline.

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