Weekend Coffee Share: A New Floor

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comIf we were having coffee, I would greet you with a big smile. The weather is mild once again – though I am sure this will not last for long. We have been promised a typical Canadian winter, so I will enjoy the mild weather while we have it.

The beginning of my week at work began with moving furniture from my classroom. Why? The carpenters and tilers had arrived to retile my floor. My furniture was placed in the hallway and I moved some notebooks and my rolling board into the library. I set up in the carpeted space and organised some seating for my students. The library became our ‘home’ for two days. The children were a little unsettled at first but soon followed their routines.

On Wednesday morning, I moved my things back to my room – and then spent the 45 minutes before the school bell rang setting up my room in preparation for the children. The floor looks beautiful – but we still wait for the painters to come around and paint the walls!

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Brand New Floor. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the rest of the week went smoothly. I gave my students their first opportunity to self-evaluate their work and, after co-constructing some success criteria for the neat copy of their writing, I can see an improve in some of their work. I am hoping that repetition of this exercise will encourage my students to take their time when doing their neat copy.

Yesterday after school my daughter and a couple of her friends came into my classroom to help me with some filing and writing of songs. I still have a lot of work to do but, with their help, I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this is the last weekend I give myself before I begin getting ready for Christmas. This year we have school right up until 23 December, so I will need to get all my shopping done before then. I guess I need to start thinking about those Christmas presents!

Have a wonderful weekend

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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23 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: A New Floor

  1. Where are you in Canada? I grew up with typical Canadian winters (Saskatchewan) and now live in the one place that has completely “atypical” winters (Victoria). As long as you dress for it, you will be fine!! 🙂

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  2. I can’t remember when our school holidays started but I know it was before the 23rd of December because we had time to drive to my grandparents. The floor looks good in the classroom, so I hope it brings you all joy in your Canadian winter. Thanks for the coffee.

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  3. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I wish we’d connected much earlier, then we could have probably actually enjoyed a cup of coffee together when we visited Toronto, Colline! 🙂 That floor looks lovely. What color will they paint the walls? It must be wonderful working with children. My Mum was a teacher for over 40 years and her students adored her.

    Happy shopping for Christmas! How come you’re working until 23rd Dec? ♥
    #weekendcoffeeshare

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    1. That would have been lovely! Maybe the next time you are in Toronto?
      Our school year is from September to June. Over December we have a 2 week break which is over Christmas and New year. This year the break is starting late.

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  4. What a challenge-moving out then moving back! You must be a very organized person to accomplish it so easily. The floor does look lovely, though. Your self evaluations sound like a good idea. Sometimes the students don’t realize how much they have improved unless they see for themselves.

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  5. Love the photo of the new floor with the colorful Legos. I have some of my Christmas shopping done, but really do need to start sorting to see what is done and what is not. It’s been mild here as well. 🙂

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    1. You are right! I do buy gifts during the year and set them aside – I need to check my stash and see what it is I need to get. I also need to start thinking about the gifts I will make.

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  6. It will be nice to get your classroom back in order. 🙂 I need to get going on shopping as well – I tell myself every year I won’t wait until the last minute! Have a great week!

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    1. When I was a stay-at-home mom, my Christmas shopping was done by this time. By as a working mom, the time to browse and shop to find the perfect gifts has lessened. As long as we get it done by the 24th 🙂

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  7. Nothing better than to see students improve over time. Nice that your daughter can help you out in class. Don’t have time for the Christmas shopping yet but more excited to put up decors over the course of Advent. Have a great weekend!

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  8. How disruptive to have the floor re-tiled during the school week. What a pity it couldn’t have happened during the holidays. Fortunately, with your calm manner and established routines, the disruption was minimised.
    I can’t imagine the difficulty of shopping and preparing for Christmas without time off before hand. It must be extra difficult for those employed in the hospitality industry and shift workers.
    Books make great gifts. I’ll be suggesting a few in my next post to be published on Tuesday (I seem to have been working on the post all weekend without much time off!). Online shopping is also very convenient. Good luck!

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    1. I was told that the contractors were too busy during the Summer to work at every school that is on the list. The people who worked in my room last week were really efficient and worked hard. As for the painters – we are still waiting!
      Books are always a part of my Christmas gifts and my girls expect to receive at least one. Normally I buy them English as well as French. I look forward to seeing your post Norah.

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      1. I guess that’s probably true – everyone will want the work done over the holidays! It’s good that they were efficient and caused little disruption.
        A book in French and a book in English – what a great idea! I hope you enjoy the post.

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