Kid Quotes

While playing “Triangle BINGO”

Student: “Ms. Gutierrez, can I please take this home and play it with my family?”

I love when students love a lesson so much they ask to take it home!


Learning from Others!

Our class recently read a book together. In this book there was a girl who was deaf. The book did such a good job showing inclusion and how education can look differently. I am so lucky to have a Braille program at our school so I asked my co-worker I she could possibly come in a tell us about he things our blind student does is school. She was more than happy to! Not only that, but we turned it into a peer teaching opportunity and the blind student was able to teach our class himself! He did so good reading and typing braille. He also showed us how he adds on an abacus and showed us a fun braille jumping game. My class loved it!

It was so cool to see my students being so inclusive and supportive to their classmate.

So Much Love <3

Last weekend, I found out how much love and support my 3rd graders can give! I got a call on Friday during last recess from my mom telling me that my little brother was walking home from school (in Las Vegas, NV) and 4 guys jumped him. He had stolen stuff and a broken nose. I was so emotional! I quickly made plans to go out and see him for the weekend. I have such good coworkers who took over my class and helped my plan lessons for Monday. I love my coworkers! They are amazing!

On top of that, many of my students came to me with adorable cards saying how sorry they were and hoping my brother was okay. I love my job and my class!

Good News: My brother is doing well. His nose is painful and has an appointment with the ENT next Tuesday. No word on the guys who did it. But they’d better not run into me. IMG_3117

Kid Quotes

During Sharing Time:

Girl "I'm really sad today. My mom is having surgery." 
Students: "Oh, no! We're so sorry! Why is she having surgery?"
Girl: "Well it's just that she finished her period and she's still 
Students: "A period.... like a dot in a sentence?"

I quickly moved the conversation along.

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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