Weekend Coffee Share: More of the Same

If we were having coffee, I would greet you with a resigned smile. We have now passed the 2 month mark of the social distancing and stay-at-home mandate – and the ending of this seems so far away. Ontario is moving into stage 1 of loosening the noose on Tuesday 19 May, but that will not in any way alter my current lifestyle. I cannot help but sigh as I look forward to another two weeks of remote teaching. It has not yet been confirmed whether or not we will go back to school on the 31st May – I am thinking we will be told in a week or so. Somehow I don’t think we will.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that tomorrow is a public holiday in Canada – Victoria Day – and yet it will seem the same as every other day. Tuesday will be filled with meetings as we discuss where we are going to place children for next year’s classes. I think that doing this remotely may be a bit of a challenge but we will do the best for the kids in our class. I am wondering what next year is going to look like and what the impact of the COVID-19 virus will have on our practice. At least the monotony of Tuesday will be broken by our small celebration for my youngest daughter who is turning 19 years old. My plan is to buy her a cake and to cook one of her favourite meals.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the remote teaching is becoming easier – but there are times when I am out of ideas to keep my students engaged. They do love my Google MEET sessions with me and sometimes when talking with them, their chatter inspires an idea to take seed in my brain.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that not only am I uninspired to create classes, but also to write blog posts. This past week, no ideas sprang to mind but I am hoping that the upcoming week will be better. The temperatures are slowly inching up so I am thinking it is time to set up our balcony which will give us another space to work in. Luckily our wifi reaches the space so we can take our laptops outside to work. Maybe breathing in the fresh air and sitting at a different table will be inspiring.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am reading (too much!) and am working on a crocheted afghan (while listening to audiobooks). I am also still enjoying my morning walks in the neighbourhood which have definitely become a part of my daily routine. I am looking forward to the time, though, when I can meet with friends and share a cup of tea or coffee in real time.

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)

24 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: More of the Same

  1. Sorry, Colline. We have also been in lock down for 8 weeks now and I was at home, sick, for three weeks before that so I have not been out for 11 weeks. Wow! My mom told me today that it isn’t bad for her being locked down with me as I am happy and positive. That was nice to know. I am glad she is feeling more upbeat. She went through a rough patch about two weeks ago. Have a good week and try to stay inspired. Easier said than done but something to work towards.

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    1. My daughter is like you, I think, as she always has a smile on her face. I do miss being able to spend time outside, though, and currently miss having a garden. My mom (who is still in SA), is thankful she is able to potter around win the garden and spend time outside.

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  2. If we were having a coffee I would tell you that I’ve also been finding it hard to get the motivation/inspiration for blogging. Enjoy your reading and crocheting. Hopefully we will be back to some sort of normal life soon. Stay safe!

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  3. It sounds like you’re keeping yourself very busy. Happy 19th Birthday to your daughter. Every day feels like Groundhog Day here, but we soldier on and I’m grateful for good health and a beautiful place to live . It will be so wonderful when we can feel safe to meet up with friends again and also to travel to see family.

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  4. Educators like yourself are having such a tough time of it: what is safe to do in a physical environment, how effective can a remote learning experience be…tough call to be sure….my wife is making her television show using a computer at our kitchen counter and a lot of creative people all working remotely! Strange times indeed!

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    1. People have definitely been creative – and have needed to be! I am sure it is going to affect the way we do things in the long term. It has definitely made people less afraid of using the technology that is available.

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  5. Thank you Colline for your coffee share and your experience with online teaching during the stay-at-home mandate. I hope you have a nice week ahead with your daughter’s birthday celebration and some sunshine to brighten your work-at-home time.

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  6. Amen Colline! I’m very much an introvert and this SIP life style is getting old for me. I miss being with people in normal life. Hang in there. I’m also confident we’ll all make it through and back to normal. Good hearing from you.

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    1. Like you, I enjoy being at home and did not realise how much I needed the interaction that I normally have with both adults and children. I will definitely appreciate it when things go back to normal.

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  7. Teachers have worked so hard during the pandemic. Thank you for all the effort and great care you are taking. Have a great week.

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