Artwork on Electric Box Outside Station

Yesterday when on my way to meet a friend, I stopped at an unknown to me subway station. The station is relatively new and is near university grounds. As I walked out of the station, the painted electric box caught my eye.

I have noticed that a number of electric boxes around the city have been painted and I have admired them. I decided to snap a few pictures of this one to share.

I love the vibrant colours the artist used as well as the patterns. The artwork really stood out to me and I was happy to see it. The artwork brings a bit of colour to the neighbourhood and changes something dull and grey into something of beauty.

To be honest I thought of Becky while snapping the pictures – I am sure she would have enjoyed seeing this as part of her perspectives challenge last month.

As I walked away from the electric box yesterday, I made a note to myself to snap pictures of any others I may come across.

Have you seen any unexpected artwork recently? Where was it?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to the Six Word Saturday challenge)

A Haircut For Some Me Time

On Wednesday I went to the hairdresser for a much needed haircut. I was going to wait until mid-August and a few weeks before going back to school. However my hair was getting too long and the weight of it was starting to bother me.

The stylist cut quite a bit of hair from my head – over six months of growth. She layered my hair to make it thinner and lighter – and it feels so much better.

I asked my daughter to snap a quick picture of me – which turned into a lengthy photo shoot as she changed my position a number of times in order to get a photo without shadows on my face.

One of the last photos she took is a perfect picture. I like the background too as it shows the perspective of the city that I see everyday.

When is the last time you went for a haircut?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge on differing perspectives and the Six Word Saturday challenge)

Enjoying the Sight of Spring Flowers

One of the pleasant aspects of my early morning walks is the sight of the spring flowers I see along the way. What I see often amongst the grass are these tiny pretty blue flowers (I don’t know what they are called). They look so pretty along the sidewalks and in gardens that have not been mown.

One of the homes I pass by has planted a few bright flowers in one of their flowerbeds – there are too many of them but they do brighten up the space.

The most glorious sight is that of the daffodils. Their bright yellow colour definitely brightens any sight I see on my walk. Some gardens have only one or two bubs that have sprouted; but some have quite a number.

Not all bulbs have flowered. I cant wait for the tulips to show their beautiful heads.

Blossoms are starting to show up in trees and I think this tree will have a magnificent showing once the buds have all opened.

Each day on my walk, I look out for more signs of spring. I noticed yesterday that some buds are beginning to unfurl their green leaves. I look forward to seeing their bounty.

Are you enjoying the sights of spring?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to the Six Word Saturday challenge)

Remote Teaching versus Physical Classroom Teaching

This week has been a challenge for me as I sit in front of the computer to work on lesson plans for my students, post daily tasks, answer emails from parents and the school admin, as well as correct the tasks that my students have submitted. I am not used to sitting at a table in front of a computer for an entire day and it has been hard for me to adjust.

On Thursday I had my first remote get-together with my class. The children were so excited and were talking non-stop! The meeting was a success and will enable me to move onto the next step – meeting with my students in small groups. I have planned sessions for next week and we will see how it goes.

I do miss being in my classroom with my students in front of me. It is so much easier to work with young children without the barrier of distance. In the classroom, I do not have to rely on the parents to help me teach their children – and I do not have to rely on quirky technology or dodgy internet connections. In addition, in the classroom I am able to help those children who remain quiet and often fade into the background.

Hopefully, though, I will soon be a physical presence in front of my students and interact with them throughout the day. In the meantime, I will continue to figure out ways to connect with them and to expose them to experiences and ideas that will enhance their learning.

I want to share a video with you that encapsulates a lot of what I am experiencing at the moment with distance teaching. Obviously a lot of the content has been exaggerated for its comedic value – but buried within the humour, there are seeds of truth.

As we move into the next week of remote teaching, we have been told that the date for the re-opening of schools has been pushed back once again. As of now, our schools will hopefully open 14 May. Until then, our province will continue with the State of Emergency and the social distancing protocol.

What has been your experience of remote teaching/learning?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to the Six Word Saturday challenge)

Enjoying The BBC Adaptation of Sherlock

In the past I have enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes character that was originally created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have read stories, seen films, and even watched some TV shows. When I happened upon the BBC version titled Sherlock while browsing through Netflix, I selected the TV show and settled down to watch.

BBC One - Sherlock
Image copyright BBC

The series has drawn me in and I look forward to watching an episode every evening. The BBC adaptation is true to the original stories even though the events are set in the modern age.; the acting is slick and well done. I enjoy the way Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Sherlock: the portrayal is just as I imagine this character to be – abrasive, aloof, intelligent, and yet with a hint of emotion. And Dr Watson? Played to perfection.

I have now reached the final season and will be sad to complete it. How I wish the show could have been longer!

Have you watch the BBC adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes character?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to the Six Word Saturday challenge)

Practicing Social Distancing When Grocery Shopping

Last night my family expressed two wishes: my husband wanted me to make coq au vin for dinner; and my daughters were craving our favourite chocolate cake. When I woke up this morning, I decided to take the time to bring smiles to their faces. Yes! I went on the dreaded grocery run. I added a few other items to my list and stepped out of our home at 8:30am this morning.

Usually when I shop at the grocery store this early on a Saturday morning, my experience is quick. Not many people get out of bed early after a long week of work to go grocery shopping. Now, however, lines to get into the store cannot be avoided – no matter how early you shop.

The mall where I do my grocery shopping is eerily quiet as the only store open in the centre is the one that sells food. My fellow Canadians are adjusting to social distancing and we all stood 2 feet apart while waiting patiently to enter the shop. What saddens me though is that this practice has stopped people from talking to one another. The chatter of the child standing behind me with his mother was a welcome respite.

I completed my shopping quickly, cognisant of the fact that others were waiting to enter the store. Once home, I placed the cake and the ingredients for tonight’s dinner in the fridge. I look forward to my daughters’ squeals of delight when they open the fridge later today. I will make the shopping experience worthwhile.

When was the last time you went grocery shopping? What was your experience like?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post was my first attempt to participate in the Six Word Saturday challenge)

Finally Figured Out My Google Classroom

On Thursday and Friday I sat in front of my computer for hours trying to figure out how to set up a Google Classroom so that I can communicate with my students online. It was not easy doing so as I could not walk into a colleague’s classroom and ask for help. Thursday ended with my online classroom set up. I had made a post with links and attached documents.

On Friday, I worked through the more challenging step – connecting my grade 1 and 2 students to my digital space. I finally connected with two colleagues who gave me some advice. A tweet mentioned by my principal led me to the space where I could create passwords for my students – passwords that they would need to access the platform. By the end of the day yesterday, everything was set up and I closed my laptop with a sense of satisfaction.

I have emailed parents instructions and am waiting on them to attempt to log in and connect. There has been some back and forth between parents as they encounter problems but hopefully by Monday everyone will be connected. The week has been challenging for me as I worked through ways to create an online learning space for my students. It will be worth it, though, once we have crossed this hurdle.

What have you succeeded in doing this week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post was my first attempt to participate in the Six Word Saturday challenge)