Weekend Coffee Share: A Week of Reporting

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we are still living under restrictions. We are now able to have a social bubble up to 10 people so at least social interaction with other families can happen. Plenty of stores are still closed, however, as the number of cases has not gone down enough in the city to move completely into what is called stage 2. So no eating at restaurants, having your hair cut, or visiting the library.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have spent the week in front of the computer writing my report cards. It was not an easy task because of the school closure and not having worked with children face-to-face for 3 months now. On Thursday afternoon I finished and submitted them with a sigh of relief. Next week I will do the corrections and I will then be done with another end of the year task.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this weekend I am tired and yesterday I took a day off away from the computer screen. Teaching remotely does mean I am in front of the computer more often. It also means that when it comes time to blog, I need a break from from sitting in front of my laptop and therefore can no longer foster the desire to type and stare at the screen. Hopefully this upcoming week it will be easier.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the weather was a little chilly for the last four days. The cooler temperatures made my morning walks more refreshing and also made it easier to breathe in our home (which does not have air conditioning). I am sure it will get warm again soon so I am currently enjoying the milder temperatures.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that there are 2 more weeks left of school and then it will be the summer holidays! I am hoping by then that I will be able to meet up with my friend and go shopping for things we need at home. In the meantime, I will continue with my work and look forward to the time that I can do so.

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)

29 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: A Week of Reporting

  1. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it was a week of making TV shows using computers only! It was a week of planning for how much to “re-open” our lives, as California’s infection rate – and # of deaths – are stubbornly refusing to drop much…it was a week to imagine next steps while not taking any yet…

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    1. Making TV shows using only computers sounds so interesting John. Please write a blog post on it.
      You must be feeling frustrated on not being able to take those next steps. But at least you will be ready to take them when you can

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  2. I’m sorry to hear that you won’t see your students before they move on to another class. That must be very disappointing. I understand your ‘screen-tiredness’ when much of your school day is spent on your laptop. I worked from home most of the time and I used to spend much of my 8 hour day on my work laptop developing and maintaining computer applications for BT. We were required to spend 10 mins of each hour away from the desk – Usually used to make a cuppa 🙂 I have developed the stamina to be on the computer for longer than most – a handy thing when lockdown has forced more gaming for entertainment upon me 😉 It seems that our shops will begin to re-open this coming week but I don’t think I’ll be rushing off to visit them. I hope that you will be able to go shopping with your friend soon!

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    1. It has been hard adapting to the screen and I am not yet used to it. One of the reasons I chose teaching as a career was because I did not want to spend my day behind a desk. Hopefully September will bring some of the normal back.
      Shops here are slowly re-opening but the queues to get inside are discouraging. Hopefully in a few weeks it will be much better. I am hoping for opened coffee shops as well 😀

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  3. Looking forward to hugging our granddaughter but I’m not sure that my daughter and her husband are ready for that type of contact just yet. I don’t hold out much hope for the summer. Can’t get to my cottage because we are not allowed to use the ferry to get over to the island. Not sure if and when the pools will open and even lawn bowling only allows 4 people at a time on the entire pitch. Having said all that we’ll make the best of it. We’re having the family over on Friday for a Father’s Day BBQ. I’m sure we’ll all be sitting six feet apart but it’s better than nothing.

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    1. It is definitely better than nothing – better than the Mother’s Day celebrations that we had 😀
      Hopefully pools, etc, will open soon if the numbers for Toronto go down. All we can do is cross our fingers. Closed swimming pools will not be pleasant for our Summer as there are not many days during which children can enjoy water play.

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  4. It’s not been an easy ride, has it, Colline? UK schools don’t break up till late July but with some parents able to go back to work the child care situation is difficult in the extreme. We had expected to help out again these summer holidays but it’s not looking feasible at the minute. 😦

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    1. Things are changing week by week so hopefully you still will be able to help out Jo. It is unreasonable, though, to expect parents to go back to work with schools and daycares closed.

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  5. It is hard to spend so much time in front of a screen. I’ve been thankful for the milder weather too just to spend time outside under the sky. We are opening slowly here too. What I want most is a haircut and a visit to the book store! Enjoy your week.

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  6. My summer break began last month, Colline. You are so right about being in front of a computer screen much more. I congratulate you on getting through the last three months online. I’m sure your students really missed you. Will you have to teach online in the fall, do you know? The California state universities are continuing online for fall. Terribly sad and stressful for students. That is the best think about teaching is engaging face to face. Thanks for the coffee!

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    1. We do not know yet what will be happening in the Fall. Online teaching for the age group I teach is not practical in the long run. So many students are not participating in the online classes and activities; and they need the help and support of their parents which is not always available.

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  7. You must be so looking forward to the summer break and some time spent with friends. I hope the situation will ease by then. Here we still have restrictions but some places have opened up and now there are more Covid19 cases coming to light. I read that the Florida beaches are crowded this weekend, so I don’t know how things are going to improve here. We stay at home except for the occasional visit to buy groceries. So exciting. 😅 Thank goodness for my piano and my kindle. Have a good week. 🤗

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    1. One cannot blame the people for going to the beach 🙂 No beaches here but parks are beginning to fill up.
      Enjoy the time with your piano and kindle – both lovely ways to pass the time.

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  8. Getting away from the computer on occasion is very necessary! Sounds like things are winding down at work. I hope things settle a little more there so more can open. They have been opening here, but so far I’ve stayed away (my hair looks like Franz Liszt). Have a great week!

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  9. If we were having coffee, this evening, I would tell you that I am eagerly awaiting the start of the 13-week Artist’s Way workshop I’m enrolled in. I have spent practically no time online, and I find myself waking up in my chair far more often than I remember falling asleep. I am comfortable, too much so. In need of another kick-start. 😀

    Best wishes as you wind up your school year!

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  10. I so understand that when you spend a lot of time in front of the computer at work any extra time in front of the computer isn’t that appealing. It must be extremely challenging to write those report cards when you haven’t actually seen your kids in person for so long. I wrote mine a few weeks ago, and it is challenging enough when you see them every day! Enjoy this beautiful season.

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  11. This was such an interesting post to read, more so because it is from a teacher. It must be awfully tough teaching children in the current scenario. Its sad for the students too. Here in our part of the world (Mumbai) saloons and malls have opened up. But there can be no visitors at home. Schools have begun the new academic year. Cant help but wonder when things will go back to normal.

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