Weekend Coffee Share: Third Week Done

If we were having coffee, it would once again be virtual. This week I have connected with many online: my colleagues as I have ‘attended’ staff meetings, as well as a number of webinars in order to improve my knowledge of the Google apps available to us at our school board to provide distance learning to our students.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my online classroom seems to be working well. Each day I am learning something new and trying to implement it in tasks for my students. It has been exciting to see the boys and girls in my class submitting their assignments. And it is definitely exciting to think that they are doing their work independently. A few students have handed in more than one assignment – and I am sure they are uploading it independently by now. I think that a lot of what I have taught them on the iPad when face to face is now being used at home in our current situation.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that even though I am doing a little exercise at home I know it is not enough. I am seeing some weight gain and it is frustrating as I have worked so hard to lose weight over the past few years. My husband and I have now started a habit of taking a long walk in the late afternoon (for an hour). I am hoping to see the results of that soon as it is definitely helping me to get my steps in!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am pleased with my productivity during the past week. I also read an excellent fiction novel on postpartum depression titled Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer. Look out for my review on this one as it is well worth the read. Speaking of reviews – I am a little behind on them so expect a deluge as I try to catch up!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the days are feeling less cold – though you still need to wear a jacket when walking outside. I do look forward to the warmer weather so that I can set up our balcony and create another space for my family and I to spend time in.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to look after yourself and stay healthy.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Eclectic Ali and the Weekend Coffee Share)

22 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Third Week Done

  1. Your afternoon walk, the virtual connections, forming a new routine, are all good steps in the right direction. You’re helping the students get back to good learning habits and learning. Bravos Colline! #weekendcoffeeshare

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  2. I’m glad your online classroom is going so well and that your boys and girls have adapted. It’s not easy, I know, this thing called change. You are much more productive than I am…though I am starting to realize this is not a short process and I need to get some stuff done rather than nap for the duration!

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    1. I think it helped that I had webinars at certain times of the day – and I had to get my online classroom up and running. As I am working from home, I did need to set a schedule for myself.

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  3. I am so glad to hear you and your students are finding sucess with the virtual learning. It is a steep curve. And yes, my refrigerator and pantry has become my best friend.

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  4. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my wife and I are trying to make sure to do as much physical activity (we have a Pelaton and a treadmill at home) so that we can make good meals at night and not feel quite so guilty as we #shelterathome – Los Angeles has extended the quarantine through April!

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  5. As a parent I am certainly glad that we have the online option for the children and teachers, but I am so not a tech person and it is killing me. My youngest son has 7 online learning apps to access right now and my oldest has 5. I had to make a master list of the apps and the passwords for each child and cross my fingers that once they are working nothing silly happens to stop the flow. Haha, my oldest boys teacher was going to face time with to walk me through getting one of the required things set up. I am so not techy, but I will admit that it is a great tool right now. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to your students!

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    1. Even non-techy teachers have had to follow written down steps 😀 This has certainly caused us to learn new things.
      I am sure your kids will do fine. They actually learn the tools very quickly and you will be surprised by how adroit they become with the iPad.
      Have a wonderful week.

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  6. I think we are all learning some new things through this time. I hope I’m found to be both patient with others and clever enough to keep up with everything I need to learn myself. Hang in there Colline, you’ve got this.

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  7. Sounds like you are being productive and I’m glad you are all healthy and safe. The weather here has finally turned warmer as well and I am ecstatic to finally have open windows. The cats are really enjoying it too! The third grade teacher I work with has been busy teaching online as well, posting a schedule and links to various sites each day as well as recording videos of herself teaching certain things. It is certainly amazing what can be accomplished in this weird situation thanks to the internet. Have a good week.

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    1. Having deadlines and daily objectives does help with productivity. Creating lessons online is challenging and is definitely an interesting way to move forward.

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