Grateful for Killer Crime Club Event

As you know, I enjoy attending author events. At these events I get to hear the authors speak about their latest novel, the inspiration for their story, and listen to them speak about their writing process. While they are sharing their experience, I also get a little insight into the writers themselves and see a glimmer of what issues are important to them.

On Monday night I went to an event organised by Harper Collins Canada Publishers for their Killer Crime Club. I had read neither of these books, nor any of the other books by Mary Kubica (A. J. Finn was to speak about his debut novel). Their genre is the psychological thriller which I do enjoy reading. The event was set in an old church,  a very dignified setting.

I found the talk interesting. A. J. Finn has a very good sense of humour even though he writes dark thrillers; and Mary Kubica gets up early to do her writing. A. J. Finn plans out his novel before he writes; while Mary Kubica is a ‘pantster’ who writes the story as it comes to her. Karma Brown was the moderator for the panel and she did a wonderful job. The conversation between the three of them flowed and was so natural.

This week I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend this event. Not only did I get to listen to new (to me) authors, but I also got to see that authors are people just like everyone else.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

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Grateful for Classroom Space

Yesterday was the first day of the school academic year and, as I walked into my work space, I felt a sense of satisfaction. The room was ready to receive my students: everything was neatly laid out and the room was not cluttered. The space was ready to come to life with young children’s bodies and the presentation of their work.

The first day of school went well. The students’ presence has not yet impacted on the room; but that will come with time. This week I am grateful to have a pleasant space to work in with my students as the classroom environment, I believe, does have a subtle effect on behaviour and learning.

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Grateful for Picture Book

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a Beginning Teachers set of talks organised by the Toronto District School Board. My mentee was unable to attend but I decided to go anyway. I always learn some nugget of information on days like this. In addition, it was a good opportunity to connect with other teachers. I attended a session on play in the Early Years as I will still be teaching grade 1 and 2 in the upcoming year. I also want to improve on my guided reading practice, so I attended a session on this as well.

What I appreciated most from the day, though, was the gift each person received on their arrival – a picture book. Often the books are in English and I cannot use them but this year we received one in English and one in French. The English one I exchanged with someone for the French so I will be able to give my mentee a token from the day. I love the book I received – and I am sure the children will too. I already have an idea of how I am going to extend it. 🙂

A French Picture Book. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

This week I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend the series of talks but, more especially, I am grateful for the gift of a French picture book.

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Grateful for Connections

Processed with RookieDuring the past week and a half, I have been meeting up with people that I have not seen in a while: a cousin that I haven’t seen for 20 years and another in three years; colleagues that I haven’t met up for a year, and another for a month. I have enjoyed the chance to meet up with them during my summer break. When I am working, my days are filled with school-related activities and my weekend filled with chores and getting ready for the week. At each meeting with people from my past, I have spent a couple of hours with the person, chatting with them and seeing their smile. Seeing these people have made me happy and hopefully we will have to opportunity to meet up again in the future.

This week I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to connect with people from my past. Not only have we spoken about the past, but we have also caught up with our present.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Grateful for Husband’s Cooking

As you know, my husband was away for a month. As a result, I was the one to do all the cooking – every day. On Friday my husband came back home and this weekend he took the opportunity to cook. As you can imagine, I was pleased to take a break from the kitchen. For dinner, he cooked a few dishes of stir-fried vegetables (one which was an experiment as he had not cooked it before) which we then ate with rice. As we feasted on his meal, we enjoyed the flavours he had created. As my daughter said, we had missed eating his vegetable dishes with rice.

This week I am grateful for my husband’s return home. I am also grateful that he is still willing to take a turn at cooking over the weekend in order to give me a break.

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Grateful For Author Event.

Last week Thursday I was lucky enough to be able to attend another author event at Harper Collins Publishing Canada. I was excited to meet the authors as there has been quite a bit of buzz about these books on twitter. The added bonus was that I got to see once again the breathtaking views from the publisher’s offices:

Listening to the authors Karma Brown, Tish Cohen and Uzma Jalaluddin was so interesting. The women had already presented together at other events resulting in joking and gentle teasing. I loved that they made us laugh – and yet were serious when they told us about the inspiration for their stories and spoke a bit about their writing process and supports. The added treat was when they were signing the copies of our books – they chatted personally with us and were not in any rush to leave. Their manner really endeared me to them.

This week I am grateful for the author event organised by Harper Collins Canada. I love getting to meet authors and speaking to others who love books as much as I do.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Grateful for Internet Connection

It has been strange not having my husband around. After living with a person for just over 19 years, you get used to seeing them everyday day and always having someone around to talk to. Even conversation at the dinner table has been a little different.

Last weekend, my husband had the opportunity to contact us over Facebook messenger. The communication began with texting, and then we managed to have an audio-visual connection. It was good to see his face – he looked a lot better than the last time we had managed to connect. I could see that he was happy to see his family as well, judging by his large smile. Another week and a half and then we will see him in person.

This week I am grateful for an internet connection as it has allowed myself and my family to keep in contact with my husband while he is away.

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Grateful for IMAX Showing

As a teacher, I was invited by the Ontario Science Centre to a viewing of their new IMAX films: Pandas and Oceans: Our Blue Planet. The event took place last week Wednesday evening after the Science Centre had closed for the day. Once I had checked in and the doors to the cinema had opened, I found a seat and settled in to experience an IMAX film for the first time.

What an experience! Not only was the documentary interesting, but the experience too was astounding. I felt like I was in the mountainous forests in China, and in the depths of the ocean. The experience was unlike anything I had ever seen.

This week I am grateful for the teacher opportunity given to me by the Ontario Science Centre. Next year when I am planning my Science units, I will definitely have a look to see what times these films are showing. I think my students would love the experience.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Grateful for a Chance to Garden

I was lucky enough to receive 40 plants from the Canadian Wildlife Federation for my class to plant in the school garden. We were so happy to receive the flowers and we enjoyed them in the classroom for a week before we planted them.

Last Friday, my class and I took the shovels that parents had lent us and set out to spread the compost another parent had organised. The children took turns digging up the soil and mixing in the rich compost. I loved seeing them take turns, and getting their hands dirty. I could see who was used to gardening, and who lived in an apartment and therefore never had the opportunity to do some gardening. Each child had the chance to place a couple of plants in the soil: I showed them how to dig a hole big enough for the plant and pat the soil around it. While some children were planting, the others were occupied playing with the soil and building structures with the empty containers.

This week I am grateful for the plants I received from the Canadian Wildlife Federation as it gave both myself and my class a chance to do some gardening (the last time I did this activity was when I was living in my house in South Africa).

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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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