I have a confession: though I have been active in my English classroom to make sure that women are represented in our literature studies, I realized that I was not always fully passionate in this pursuit. Don’t get me wrong, I had no desire to diminish the significance of women in our studies; however, I look back to see that it was not in the forefront of my planning.
As a dad and as a teacher, everything changed when my daughter entered school. She is many years from entering my classroom, but I became very conscious of how women are portrayed in literature, what authors are chosen in texts, and who is highlighted in history. Now, I see anew the importance of ensuring that all of my students see women who made (and are making) impacts.
Women’s History Month in March is one of those special emphases that now means more to me. There are many great resources available online; for instance, The New York Times blog provides some great links as you prepare for this monumental month in your classroom. Read More