Weekend Coffee Share: Another Week Staying At Home

If we were having coffee, I would greet you at a distance as we are still under the mandate to practice social distancing and stay at home. By now you would think that we are used to living like this. On some level I am used to it – but it is not my preference. I do miss going outside without being conscious of my physical closeness to others; and I do miss connecting with people in my everyday life.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have been keeping up with my morning walk for a week now. I leave home at 7:30am and walk for an hour. The air at that time is still crisp – especially this past week as the temperatures have dropped. There is not too much traffic on the road and the pedestrians are few. The people I pass by are out walking their dogs; and very occasionally a runner may overtake me. I do prefer walking at this hour when there are less people out and about – I am less stressed about keeping my distance from strangers.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week of remote teaching was very busy. On Tuesday I had a check-in meeting with my principal and she suggested checking in with families. The replies to my check-in email did tell me what I suspected – that I was giving too much work to my students (who do rely on their parents to help them to read and understand instructions). And, as can be expected, many of my students are missing their friends as well as their teacher (me 🙂 ). I decided to address this issue by organising my first video conference with my class (yet another thing I had to learn how to do). The call was successful (yay!) and I plan to connect with my students again in this way during the next week.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that remote teaching takes a lot of time – and that all of that time is spent in front of the computer. By the time my workday was done, I could not face sitting in front of the screen to blog. The result is that for the entire workweek, I did not post – neither on my blog nor on my Instagram account. I had all the ideas mulling in my brain but I needed a break from the screen.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the upcoming week looks very similar to the week that just passed. I am going to try and remember to be kind to myself and to focus on the positive. May you have a good week while staying at home.

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)

16 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Another Week Staying At Home

  1. Good for you for keeping up with your morning walk. I’ve always been walking regularly but during this pandemic and lock down time, I find that I need it to keep me calm and feel positive. I hope you have a good week coming up with your teaching and walking.

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  2. Hi Colline. Thanks for the good laugh to start my day. I’ve worked from home now since 2006 and so very few people understand this notion of screen-fatigue. You captured it perfectly. Plenty of ideas but no tolerable means of putting words to or sharing them. In case it helps, know that you have a commiserater here in California
    Warmest regards.

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    1. Thanks Gary! 😀
      I do look forward to the time when I can move around while working and speak to my students face-to-face. Maybe then I will regain my desire to sit in front of the computer and blog.

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  3. I agree, every week looks and feels like the other. It’s a strange time. I don’t know what to do when I have to go back to alarm clocks, real pants and bras. 😀

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  4. I bet it is exhausting. One of my sisters who is a teacher as well have half her class online, and half her class in the classroom! I can’t imagine how she is juggling that. Keep up the good work. Thank you for the coffee!

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  5. I think we are all having excess screen time. It is good you have your walks, an excellent habit. So happy your class meeting went well. We had a class meeting a few weeks ago. It was me, our other classroom aide, the teacher and 17 third grade students! Very crazy. They all wanted to talk at once so the teacher finally had to mute everyone and then just unmute one at a time so they could share with the rest of the class what they had been up to. I think we will try again when we adults have recovered!! Have a safe week.

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    1. I have needed to walk as I am unable to attend the gym for my group classes 😦
      Your description of the online class was the same as mine – except my students kept unmuting themselves 😀 The noise level was definitely like that of in the class!

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  6. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it’s inspiring to watch my wife create a talk show from our house! She is using Zoom to capture new interviews with her Host Kelly Clarkson and a number of terrific people helping others across the country…it’s a technological marvel to see how a daily TV show can be created with everyone working from home!

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