Grateful for Author Meet

Last week Wednesday evening, I was lucky enough to attend an author meeting at the offices of Harper Collins Publishers Canada in Toronto. The authors were Joanna Goodman and Ellen Keith. Both are Canadian authors, and both had written an historical novel. It was interesting for me to hear them speak about their inspiration for their novel, and the journey they had taken to reach the point of publication. It was also fun being surrounded by other book lovers who had patiently waited to meet these two women writers.

Waiting for the author’s meet to begin. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

This week I am grateful to Harper Collins Publishers in Canada for organizing the event. I am also grateful for the copies of the books they gave to me, as well as for the opportunity to have my copies signed by the authors.

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Grateful for Publishing Showcase

I received an invitation to attend the annual showcase presented by Pembroke Publishers, a publishing house that focuses on education. The line-up of authors presenting their work was varied and the topics interesting. When I arrived last week Wednesday morning, I had a quick bite to eat before the start of the talks. My friend and I were looking forward to the event – it was the first either of us had attended.

The event began at 9am and, from that moment, we were engaged. Each author shared with us a snippet of their book and enthusiastically shared something that we could use to improve our teaching practice in the classroom. The 15 minutes that each teacher author had to speak was inspiring. The time seemed to rush by.

Three authors in particular inspired me:

  1. Literacy out Loud by Terry Campbell and Michelle E. McMartin. At the moment for our Teacher Book Club, we are reading about setting up a writer’s workshop in the classroom. This book will, I think, be a perfect compliment to that text as she believes it is important for the children to orally tell their story before writing it down. .
  2. Guiding Readers by Lori Rog. This text will be set aside for my Summer reading as I aim to improve on my guided reading sessions next year. I feel that I am fumbling when doing guided reading and hopefully this book will guide me with suggestions on how to make my sessions more explicit.
  3. Cultivating Readers by Anne Elliott and Mary Lynch. The speaker was so inspiring on ways to get students reading. I loved the one idea she shared with us and I want to read more.
A Couple of books purchased at the Pembroke Publishers Showcase. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

This week I am grateful for the chance to attend the Pembroke Publishers Showcase. The event was inspiring and gave me the chance to hear ideas from other teachers.

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Grateful for Spring Days

For the last few days the weather has been perfect! Blue skies, no strong winds, temperatures in the double digits – and no snow!Going outside has been a pleasure. Shedding hats and gloves, pedestrians have a spring in their step. Our neigbourhood park has more visitors of the small human variety. A green sheen is now coating the grounds I walk past. My step certainly has a spring to it and I cannot help but think of my favourite composition by Vivaldi – a beautiful expression of what I am feeling with the warmer weather:

This week I am grateful for the arrival of spring and the warmer temperatures.

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Grateful for Unexpected Gift

A couple of weeks ago one of my parents gifted me with some money to buy something I need for the classroom. Without hesitation, I knew what I would purchase – a copy of the book I had wanted for a while now: Iggy Peck l’Architecte by Andrea Beaty. I will use this story as a springboard for the final task in my Structures inquiry. It is the perfect tale to show the children the design process that I will take them through.This week I am grateful for the generosity of a parent who wants to give to her child’s class. The purchase of this picture book will not only help enrich her son’s learning, but the learning of many children in the future.

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Grateful for Biltong

On Monday afternoon at dismissal, one of my parents gave me a thoughtful gift. The gift? Biltong – a South African snack of lean meat that has been cut into strips then dried and salted. This snack is not easily found here. What I have bought previously has not been salted and spiced correctly. Beef jerky (the American equivalent) does not compare. The packet I received on Monday was perfectly cured and brought to my mouth a taste of home.

Authentic South African biltong found in Toronto. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

You may be asking yourself why the mother of my student would give me such a gift. My student’s father grew up in South Africa, Johannesburg in a suburb that I know well. We have reminisced together about places and foods we had once eaten. He mentioned once that he had found the perfect tasting biltong at a butchery not far from where we live. He must have relayed our conversation tto his partner as the next packet his wife bought (who is not from South Africa), she passed onto me.

This week I am grateful for the thoughtfulness and kindness of a woman who understands what it is like to miss the tastes from your home country. I am thankful to have tasted a little of my past and to have savoured a snack I had not eaten and enjoyed for five years.

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Grateful for Teacher Evening At the TMC

Processed with RookieA few weeks ago a teacher friend of mine forwarded me an invitation to the Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) in Toronto.The invitation was for a teacher’s evening at the museum which meant we had a little snack, listened to a talk on what the museum has to offer as school trips, and had a tour of the current exhibits.

The Textile Museum currently has two exhibits. I had already seen one and looked forward to seeing the other by Jane Kidd, a textile artist based in British Columbia, Canada. Her work is sold in galleries across the country so what we saw in the museum is her own private collection.

The artwork is beautiful – vibrant and inspiring. I enjoyed the evening soaking up the art, as well as chatting to my friend who no longer works at the same school I do. This week I am grateful she invited me to go along to the exhibit with her.

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Grateful for Winter Boots

In 2017 when the Winter season began, I went shopping for appropriate boots. My success in the past with winter boots has been hit and miss and I was looking to improve my success rate. I searched for boots like the ones I had enjoyed a few years back but, alas, that brand did not have long, flat-heeled offerings. Browsing the shelves of the shoe store, I came upon a pair made in Australia. Now I am not a fan of Uggs as they tend to look grungy as winter wears on – but this pair looked warm and hard-wearing. Ugg has called them Koolaburras and they definitely looked warm.

These fur-lined boots have kept my feet warm and protected them for many hours out in the cold during sub-zero temperatures. Standing outside for playground duty has not been a problem for my feet, nor has walking to the supermarket. I have been happy with my purchase and hope that these boots will last a couple of more winter seasons.

This week I am grateful for my hardy winter boots that are lined with sheep fur. They have protected and warmed my feet during the cold and snowy days this past winter.

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Grateful for March Break

Processed with RookieThis week winter has returned to the city I call home. Temperatures are below zero and snow has fallen on the ground. The wind has an icy bite to it as I step on the salted sidewalks. This week, however, I am not standing outside on duty while the school children play. Instead when outside, I am on my way to Zumba or the grocery store. This week is March break – a week during which schools are closed.

During March break, many have flown south to sunny skies and warm beaches. I have chosen to stay at home and take the time off to relax. I am sleeping late, reading a few books on my TBR pile, and going to Zumba classes during the day. With my feet up on the sofa and a book in hand, I sip my tea and occasionally look out through the window at the flurries falling to the ground. I like knowing that I don’t have to go out of I do not want to. I like knowing that there is nothing that I have to rush out to go and do.

This week I am grateful for March break. I am grateful to have the chance to recharge my batteries so that I can complete the last stretch before the end of the school year. Slowing down for a while does me good – and gives me the chance to get some reading done!

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Grateful for Thank You Card

When I arrived home on Monday I had a pleasant surprise waiting for me on the table: snail mail that wasn’t a bill or a statement. The envelope was small and a light coloured brown. I could see from the paper that the envelope contained a card of some sort. When I opened it, I saw that inside was a Thank You card thanking me for presenting at the OLA Super Conference. Reading the card warmed my heart and made me smile.

This week I am grateful for receiving a short note which reminds me that my efforts were appreciated.

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Grateful for My Home

Saturday was a frenzy of cleaning house and shopping for our meal to celebrate Chinese New Year. My husband did the bulk of the grocery shopping as he went to Chinatown to get the vegetables that he wanted to cook. By the end of the day, I had fulfilled my part of the bargain – our place was spic-and-span. Hubby had started cooking and I sat on the sofa reading while waiting for our son and nephew to arrive for the family dinner.

As I sat on the sofa, I looked out the window and saw that they were doing their work of keeping the chill at bay. I looked at my surroundings and felt a sense of comfort and happiness for what my husband and I had created – a home. A home in which we felt secure. A home in which we felt loved. A home in which the inhabitants felt happy.

This week I am grateful for my home. Not everyone is able to have a pleasant environment in which they can spend their time. I am lucky that I do.

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