Friday, July 12, 2013

Hello from Alaska!

Heeeeey yooouuuu guuuuys! Please tell me you heard that in a Goonies tone? Okay enough nonsense, let's get to business: introduction time.  I am honored to be a part of the Teaching Blog Round Up team and am excited to be here!  So you might be wondering what the Tongass means.  If you didn't already know, the Tongass National Forest is our nation's largest forest. It's 17 million acres of rainforest awesomeness and I live smack dab, right in the middle of it all.  I teach 2nd grade in my hometown of Juneau, Alaska and have just started blogging about my life as a teacher in the last few months.  Check out my blog (today's post has a FREEBIE AND A GIVEAWAY!):

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Onward!  For this post, I'd like to talk about my big fat hallway bulletin board. I have previously always used premade cutouts (Carson Dellosa, Creative Teaching Press, etc.) because they are pretty easy and don't take a lot of effort.  Year 1: monkeys on vines. Year 2: forest animals. Year 3: under the sea.  Year 4: jukebox (what?! embarrassing!).  Year 5: farm animals.  The parents see these bulletin boards and probably think cute; my crafty and amazing coworkers must think LAZY.  Seriously, it's gotten out of hand. There was a 3d tree in another teacher's hallway bulletin board this year.  The decorations hanging from it changed with the seasons: leaves, snowflakes, flowers. Pure amazing. Whenever I walked by said tree, I swear it whispered "slacker" to me....or maybe it was the swish of the hanging things...maybe not.  Did I mention it was her first year teaching? Gaaaah. The pressure.

Well, my friends, I have decided to jump on the blogging world bandwagon and do a theme for the first time! Pat, pat. Ha! Not so lazy after all! And because I am loving the chalkboard stuff that is happening all over, and I can't quite grasp the chevron craze just yet, I created a giant decor pack.  Click to download:
And if you're "going chalkboard" like me, here's another:
I also ordered these markers and paper on Amazon (Juneau has no road in, no road out...I'm landlocked!).  This means, a lot of online shopping!
So, the big question is....what will my hallway bulletin board look like???! Leave me a comment!  Suggestions are required  appreciated!


  1. Love the idea of making the hallway bulletin board a giant chalkboard! Brilliant! I think I might need to "borrow" your idea on one of my boards. Unfortunately when I click on your pics the download doesn't happen. Maybe the links are broken? I would love to have both of your freebies! I also made a chalkboard themed freebie that you can download here: There are still a few hours left to join our Bloglovin Back to School Blog can link up your blog and get the freebie AND enter to win your own laminator!
    Let me know if the links get working again, or alternatively how I could download the freebies!

    1. I'm not sure what was wrong, but the links appear to be fixed now! Glad you were able to download them :)

  2. I went to the Teaching in the Tongass website scrolled down and found the FREEBIES myself and downloaded them from TpT but the links on this page still don't work for me! Maybe they need some of my coffee!