Attack of the Leprechaun

Being a teacher is so much fun! The students get so excited when you do simple things like hide their chairs for the day. (“simple” might not be the right word because I had to cart all of those chairs out of the room and hide them under the stairs. It was exhausting.)

We also graphed Lucky Charms on St. Patrick’s Day. I love finding lessons that and so fun but also teach my students a concept!



One of my favorite teaching tools that I've had the pleasure to use this
year is 

MindUP is a curriculum designed to help students understand how the brain
works and how to deal with stressful emotions. I like the lessons being 
connected to the brain because I think students really start to understand 
that brains cause us to freak out sometimes, it's just what they do. 
MindUP takes that knowledge on step further and gives students strategies 
that will help them deal with stressful situations. 

MindUP is grade-level appropriate. There are 3 different versions of the 
book, depending on the age you teach. There are so many actives that you
can do. Hands-on, pictures, graphic organizers, games, etc. MindUP really
makes their curriculum easy for teachers to read and teach.

I forgot one of the coolest things about MindUP, Goldie Hawn started it! 

Check it out! 


MindUP Books

Welcome to 3rd Grade!

This blog is dedicated to the many adventures a 3rd grade teacher faces 
throughout the year. After flooding my FaceBook account with so many 
stories and pictures, I decided that I needed a place to get everything 
I feel like this blog will be unique because I am a FIRST-YEAR teacher.
If I keep up with it, hopefully this will be the place to keep a career's 
worth of stories and advice.
So..... here we go! 

A little about me....
My name is Ms. Gutierrez and as I said before I am a first-year 3rd grade 
teacher. I started teaching Mid-year last February(2016) after the previous
teacher decided to retire. I love my job and do all I can to help my class.
I just started Grad School getting my Master's in Curriculum and 
Instruction with and emphasis on Reading. I help run Student Council 
Club and well as tutor students twice a week. I do all of these things 
(mostly) because I am a single mother to as awesome 2nd Grader. I am 
blessed with a cute little family and a job that can support us. 

I hope this blog gives myself (and maybe other teachers) a fun place to 
visit and share.

Kid Quotes

Talking to students during group discussion, "Make sure to give everyone a
chance to speak. Try not to only pick your friends."

Students, "But..... Ms. Gutierrez we're all friends in the class."

I love this!

Mental Health First Aid

In October, I became Mental Health First Aid certified. I cannot speak 
highly enough on this training, it will change they way you look at
Mental Health. This training was a 8 hour course on a Saturday. I recieved
the manual in the above picture which I hope to dive into more this Summer. 
There is a lot I still need to learn! 

The training was targeted to youth but I also feel like it could be 
applicable to all children. We spent the first few hours discussing 
different types of Mental Health and the symptoms. This is useful in 
deciding what problem you might be facing. I am not trained enough to 
diagnose someone, but I someone was having a Mental Health crisis I can 
recognize the signs and respond in an appropriate way. After understnading
Mental Health a little better, we became familiar with the steps to helping
someone in a crisis. The part I found the most difficult was having to ask
another person "Do you have a plan to kill yourself?" That's a hard sentence
to say out loud but the trainers made it clear that you should not feel 
scared to ask that question.  

This training was very emotional. It's had to talk about suicide and Mental
Health in youth. First Aid is one of those things that you never want to 
use but if there's a situation you'll be glad you know what to do!

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