If we were having coffee, I would tell you that a week which began with a sore throat and a feeling of fatigue, ended on a high note. The sad thing about my week was that I was unable to attend my Zumba classes 😦 BUT on Thursday I had an experience that pushed that all aside.
Last year my colleague (who was the school librarian at that time), convinced me to apply with her to present at the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference. She wanted us to present that work we had done for the demonstration classroom (in which other teachers from the board visited my classroom), and which we intended (and did) present at the TDSB (Toronto District School Board) Google Camp. Our application was accepted the end of June last year; and we polished up our slideshow presentation last Friday.
On Thursday when I woke up, I was pleased that I had rested my voice enough to be able to speak. The honey and lemon drink had also done the trick in helping to soothe my aching throat. I was excited about the day ahead, but also nervous. I met up with my colleague and we headed to the Convention Centre. The place was abuzz when we arrived and we eagerly went to attend the welcome breakfast for first-time speakers. While eating, we browsed the list of events for the day and figured out where we were to hold our presentation. We chose not to attend other speaker’s presentations and instead chose to roam the booths and see what vendors had on offer. We had such fun going to the booths where we stood in line to receive books signed by Canadian authors. I loved speaking to the authors and hearing why they had written their stories. There was such an array of genres on offer, it was mind-boggling.
When it was time for our presentation, we had no trouble setting up the technology (sigh of relief!). I had followed the advice given to us and had downloaded our slideshow as a PDF. In addition, I had brought my charger with me for the laptop – and was thankful for doing so as the laptop’s battery was running low during the presentation (yes, the laptop is an old one). The presentation went smoothly. My colleague and I had practiced at Google Camp and we knew what we would talk about: she focused on the library aspect, and I focused on the classroom activities. We had quite a number of people attend our session. All were teachers (mostly elementary), all were attentive. People asked questions and were writing down notes. The time went by so quickly – we wished that we had had more. Afterwards my colleague and I were beaming. The experience was amazing – and one we would love to repeat.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that after Thursday, Friday was a little bland. I did end the day, though, up to date with my marking – and that is always positive!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am now going to get ready to go to Zumba. I haven’t gone for the last week because of my aching throat and tired bones. I have missed it and definitely want to go – especially as this is the last day for our current teacher. Last week he told us he is going to teach at another branch and I am hoping today he will tell us that they have found us another Zumba instructor.
Enjoy your week.May it be a positive one.
What would you tell me if we were having coffee?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)