CELEBRATE Good Times, Come On!!

Hello dear friends!! I hope you're having a great first week of August!! In less than one week I'll be leaving the States to head back to Tanzania. I also have a birthday coming up on August 15! It's my birthday month, so I want to CELEBRATE!!

I am planning a big birthday GIVEAWAY to kick off my birthday and would love for you to help me out! I have a couple of different ways for you to help with the giveaway, and you can fill out the form below if you want! Thanks for your help!! I really appreciate it!!

 Also, with this next week being crazy- packing, seeing friends and family, and traveling- I have a feeling my blog will be put on the back burner. I would LOVE to have some friends come and guest blog for me this next week! I will promote you like crazy on social media in exchange for your blog post!! If you're interested in blogging on The Gypsy Teacher, fill out this form below!!

 I have been BLOWN AWAY at the number of friends who have joined me on social media, my blog, and my TpT store!! I am SO not about the numbers, and I appreciate every single one of you who "follow" along, but sometimes you just have to CELEBRATE!! Seriously, every time I see someone new has followed, I get SO excited! I've passed some big (to me) milestones in the past couple weeks, like 700 blog followers, 500 Twitter followers, and 700 Periscope followers, which just makes me want to do a happy dance! I want to thank you for being so encouraging and supportive! It means so much to me!!

Much Love, Allie

#2getherwearebetter Linky- All About Bulletin Boards!!

Hi friends! I am so excited to be part of Ashley & Angie's #2getherwearebetter link-up this month! It's a fabulous linky party that is all about collaboration, brainstorming, and sharing ideas! I've gotten to know these inspiring bloggers mainly through Periscope, and I love all their amazing ideas!

This month, we are coming together to talk all about bulletin boards (or lack there of, in my case)! I can't wait to read about how other teachers do their boards! What a perfect topic for the back to school season?!

As I hinted to above, I don't have bulletin boards!! Yes, it's true! I teach in Tanzania, East Africa, and we don't have any bulletin boards in or outside the classroom. So I'm going to share what I did in place of bulletin boards. Let's start with a view of my classroom at the beginning of the year:

As you can see, I didn't have much space to work with. I used the area above the student chalkboard for student work. The cabinet doors provided space to put teaching aids, hang my chart paper, and more student work. I hung all kinds of things on the walls- and found out that masking tape and sticky tac work best for hot climates on concrete! I loved this space on the side of my bookshelf as a "focus wall" of sorts, or theme wall.

My favorite way to display student work for the rest of the school to see, was on my classroom door. Our school is on a compound. There are three buildings, and every classroom has a door to the outside. At the start of the year, I tied a couple strings of yarn onto my door, and then I used clothespins to hang up student work. It was also my go-to drying spot for glued/painted crafts!

Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and I've learned a lot over the summer. I'm planning on making a couple of faux bulletin boards this year (hopefully in a different classroom!).  My plan is to attach the fadeless paper to the concrete wall with masking tape (or hot glue, if I get it okayed). Then, I'll use my borders to close off the space and add some cute decor. I want to make a student work board- where I'll hot glue clothespins onto the paper- one for each student. I can't wait to show you the finished products! For now, here are some goodies I purchased from Dollar Tree and Lakeshore to use! 

I'm very excited to see what this year holds for me- as a second-year teacher, teaching kindergarten for the first time! I'm itching to start decorating my classroom- but I have to get to Tanzania first! ;) What are your best bulletin board tips??!

Much Love, Allie

Currently~ My Favorite Month!

Happy AUGUST everyone!! Guess what?!?! It's my birthday month!! Yipee! It's also the month when I get to go back to Tanzania, and prepare to start this 2015 school year teaching kindergarten! It's going to be a fabulous month, and I'm kicking it off with Farley's Currently Link-Up!!!

Listening ~ I love HGTV! I go between HGTV and Food Network for background noise!

Loving~ #teacherslovesummer I'm loving spending time with friends and family while I can

Thinking ~ I'll be back in Tanzania in two weeks AND it'll be my birthday!! WOOHOO!

Wanting ~ I'm struggling with fitting everything I want to bring back to Tanzania with me in two suitcases! I know I'm going to have to take the $200 plunge to bring a third suitcase- I wish I didn't have to worry about that!

Needing ~ I've been checking quite a bit off my to-do list, but I'm also adding more. The pressure is on...as I leave in 11 days! #craziness

B2S RAK ~ My back-to-school random act of kindness is going to be a small treat for all the other teachers I work with! Most of them will be new to Tanzania, so I'm hoping to make and bring something small but fun for them!

Thank you to the lovely Farley for hosting this link-up every month! I always look forward to it!

Make sure you come back tomorrow, as I'll be linking up with Angie and Ashley for their #2getherwearebetter linky, all about bulletin boards! I will be sharing my ideas for those of us who DON'T have actual bulletin boards! See you then!

Much Love, Allie