Believe it or not, our class warm-up has a purpose. In some ways, it gets your brain prepared for what we are about to learn. For example, I often use words in the warm-up question that you may not know. Of course, you can always ask me what it means, but you’re more likely to remember it if you can define the word yourself. If you can, be proud that you figured it out, and feel free to help your neighbor.
There is another use for warm-ups, however: I want to hear your thoughts and opinions. This is why I often ask opinion questions. In fact, I often change my lesson in small ways based on your responses.
The other day, I asked this question:
March is Women’s History Month. Do you feel as though this class puts enough emphasis on the role of women in history? If not, how would you change this?
Almost every student I asked in class, regardless if they were a girl or a boy, said that we didn’t talk enough about women in history. I also heard some great ideas for how to change this fact. For many years, the accomplishments of women were not included in history books. Now they are, but in limited amounts. That’s why Women’s History Month exists: to give us some time to emphasize some of the contributions women have made in history that we wouldn’t have talked about otherwise.
For those of you who said you wanted to know more, you’re in luck. In the upcoming units, we will discuss many notable women who accomplished so much in their lifetimes, including suffragette Jane McCallum, civil rights activist Lulu B. White, and Texas’ first female governor, “Ma” Ferguson.