Weekend Coffee Share: And Yet Another Week …

If we were having coffee, we would still be practising social distance and chatting virtually. I would tell you that time does seem to be passing quickly as I am kept busy during the week on the tasks I have set for myself with regards to my remote teaching – the weekend seems to sneak up on me. Working does keep me grounded and helps me to know what day of the week it is.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that yesterday (it being Saturday), I felt bored. I felt like I wanted to burst out of the walls surrounding me – and I felt like this despite having gone out for an hour’s walk in the morning. I think what I am craving is the connection with other people besides my husband and daughters. I miss going to work and interacting with both my students and colleagues. I miss going to the gym and exercising with others in my group fitness classes. And I miss meeting up with friends and seeing them right in front of me while we chat and drink coffee together. What does save me from my frustration is the knowledge that we are all in the same boat. I am just grateful that I am not living alone – and that I get on with the people that I do live with.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the virtual meetings with my students went well this week. I had placed them in small groups and each day of the week I made contact with one group of my students. We did the activity that I had prepared and they responded well. My aim was to get them speaking – in French – and I was so happy when they did. In the upcoming week, I will meet with students again through Google Meet with the aim of getting them to speak so that they do not lose the oral ground we had made during the school year.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the breaking news in our province is that the opening date for schools to re-open has been pushed to 31 May. Another 5 weeks minimum of isolating will be hard on us all. I am just hoping that schools do open in June as I would love to see my group of students before the end of the school year.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my upcoming week will look similar to my past week with one difference – my daughter will be turning twenty! We are currently thinking of ways to celebrate her big day. 🙂 May your week be enjoyable – and may you have many positive moments.

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)

23 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: And Yet Another Week …

  1. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that today is my wife’s birthday, and since her gift involved travel, that’s now in the “IOU” pile! I would also wish you all the best in handling the next 5 weeks, and hope that we all do, indeed, safely begin to go back to a “new normal” by June 1!

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  2. I”m so sorry you were bored yesterday! I’m glad though that knowing we’re all in this together helps you. It helps me too.

    Elementary schools will be opening again on May 11 here, but secondary schools will remain closed till June 1 at least. The reasoning is that children under 12 apparently aren’t as susceptible to this virus. That being said, I really hope you can see your students some before the end of the school year.

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  3. Hi Colleen,
    It sounds like you have this teaching through the straw of Zoom nailed. I use it too and it does work fairly well, but I miss the sound of normal voices and laughter and shaking of hands.

    On the other hand – I feel so blessed because we are healthy, employed, safe and comfortable. We’re able to get everything we need and many of the things we just want – as long as I wear that mask to get it. . .

    I’m glad you and your students are safe and well and progressing through life. Hopefully the memories we are making will prove to be significant and even funny.

    But I’m sure anxious for them to become memories. . .
    Blessings.

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    1. It has taken a while Gary, but I am used to it now. But, like you say, I miss the comfort of touch and the energy of a roomful of kids. Hopefully the COVID experience will become a memory sooner rather than later.

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  4. Congrats on continuing to give your students food for thought and appreciating their progress Colline. It’s quite a struggle I’m sure. Schools here in SC have announced they will not open until the new school year in September as has my granddaughter’s school in NYC. I feel so sad for the kids, especially those who should be enjoying their final year and all of the fun that goes with graduating. Of course, this too shall pass but for them it will never be the same.

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    1. I agree – it is a sad thing Tina. I am hoping that we get to see our students for a while in June – the kids really need to see their friends and socialise a little.

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  5. I can’t wait for that first coffee shop outing with friends – not sure how it will be work at a social distance – we’ll all be gabbing at the rate of 100 miles an hour, catching up on what we’ve all missed (despite the phone calls and the video chats over the past weeks) – the noise level would be amazing, no one will probably hear anything properly! Mind you, at least we’ve all been able to stay in touch and we’ll be celebrating missed birthdays and anniversaries in a big way.

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  6. First of all, I would probably say hi and hug you if we were passed this virus. I have been teaching virtually also, but it’s not the same. I didn’t think I’d miss my kids, but I do, I miss my co-workers also.
    I’ve been self isolating since spring break (3/13). I take care of my elderly father on Sunday’s and so I know I need to be careful. I’m kept busy also, but my focus is challenged so I have not accomplished what I would like to and I haven’t written in my blog at all.
    More than anything, I miss traveling to see my grown children as they live away from me. I can’t wait for the opportunity to see and hug them again. Stay safe!

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  7. Online teaching mechanism is proving to be a blessing, thanks to internet. But what about those students who can’t afford a smartphone, let alone a laptop? I hope schools do have a plan for such underprivileged children.

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    1. Our school board has actually given out iPads and chrome books to children who do not have any at home – as well as purchased internet sticks so they can have access to the internet. They are ensuring that no child be left behind.

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