Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Name and the Story Behind It

Hi everyone!  When you come to my blog today, you will see look that is a little bit different.  Many of you commented on the stars and polka-dots, so I kept that, BUT yes, that is a new header with a name change.

My thinking was this...there is so much change happening in education, including teachers being moved around to different grade levels.  I got to thinking...hey- that could be me!  What if I was moved?  What if I was no longer a multiage teacher?  These are big "What Ifs," but it got me thinking about the sustainability of my blog.

Now, my audience is growing little by little and I am so appreciative of my followers out there.  I wanted to make this change NOW before I really gave my blogging a push.  After blogging for 3 months, I have decided that I really do love it.  I am meeting very talented teachers and gathering so many great ideas!  It pains me a little to know that I will have to go around and fix things up here and there on different sites, but I'll get through it - and I think it will be worth it! 

So, why "The Teacher's Chair?"  There is actually a story behind it and I would like to share it with you.  I wrote this shortly after Hurricane Sandy for a Facebook Post:

The Teacher's Chair
Funny story about these chairs...
Now, after Hurricane Sandy they have even more meaning for me.
Every year, my family vacations on Long Beach Island, NJ with our very dear friends.
One beautiful morning, my friend Andi and I decided to gofor a long walk. About a mile into the walk I spotted this wicker furniture set - although it was NOT looking as white and pretty as is is in the picture. They were gray and the wicker was tearing our every which way. We decided to walk a bit further, but I couldn't stop thinking that I had to have those chairs.
Andi just laughed and said, "of course you do" when I told her I had to have them! I bought the whole set for $12.00 In the fashion of warrior moms, we carried the chairs on our backs and I held the table under my arm for the mile walk back. I'll never forget the look on my husband's face when we came walking up with those chairs. He just shook his head because he knew, he knew...
With some love and paint and much time spent googling "how to fix wicker furniture," these chairs found a new home. My students love to read in this corner, and I love to see them enjoying it so much!
Recently, our school was closed for a week due to Hurricane Sandy. I must admit, when I walked back into my classroom and saw these chairs again, I teared up thinking about all of the devastation this storm caused.
I feel blessed to have this little bit of LBI with me every day.

So there you have it.  A new name and a new look, but the same me behind it.  Thank you all for your support!
Tracey :)


Notes For the Teacher