SOL Day 8

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Today is International Women’s Day.  When I got to school and flipped through the newspaper, the full-page ad in the above collage caught my eye.  I don’t usually have my students look at the ads, unless we are studying rhetoric, but after checking out the website listed in today’s NYTimes ad I knew we would use it in class.

Ada Lovelace. Charlotte Bronte. Henrietta Lacks.  Ida B. Wells.  None of these women received the honor of having their obituary printed in the Times.  Even in the last two years, the paper admits that 1 in 5 people in the obituaries were female.

The ad included a link to Overlooked, the new project from the Times that will focus on expanding the lens used when selecting obituaries that are printed in the paper.  It’s currently focused on women, but it will expand to other groups in the near future.  Right now, they are highlighting famous women who deserved to have their obituary printed in the paper by publishing the obituaries on this new website.

In honor of International Women’s Day, I had my students explore the website and choose a woman who interested them.  They read her obituary and then wrote a summary to share with the class.  We spent about 10 minutes in each class sharing the stories of these women.  I think we all learned a lot. Some of my girls were furious when they learned that these women weren’t honored during their life and/or death.

Some of their classmates were blown away learning about women like Ada Lovelace. One student said, “Wait a second.  This woman invented coding and predicted AI, and no one talks about her in school?!”.  This prompted a great conversation about representation and why it matters.

I challenge you to take a moment today to check out the women who were Overlooked.  The Times is taking nominations for other overlooked people to add to the collection in the future, so don’t hesitate to make suggestions!

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SOL Day 7

It’s 11:19pm and I almost forgot to write my Slice of Life post tonight. Oops! I’ve been writing all day, so I left a tab open on my computer as a reminder to do my post at one point. Unfortunately, I always have a million tabs open, so I forgot until I saw my friend Mindi’s post pop up on Facebook. I decided to steal her idea, so here is a list of ten things making me happy right now.

  1. We had a snow day today! It was a strange storm full of slush, sleet, and snow that resulted in about 3.5 inches at my house, but man did I need today off. I crossed a lot of items off my to-do list.
  2. We did not get 2 feet of snow like some parts of NJ. Phew! This is wet, heavy snow. Yuck.
  3. Delayed opening tomorrow! I’ll still be up early to walk the dogs with Chris, but then I can go back to bed for a little while.
  4. I wrote a lot today. It’s a secret project right now, but hopefully it will turn into something.
  5. We had Trader Joe’s spatchcock chicken for dinner tonight. Yum!
  6. I had time to watch last night’s This Is Us this morning. This makes me happy, even though the show always makes me sad.
  7. I did not waste my snow day binge watching. Not this time, at least.
  8. My cleaning lady canceled today due to the snow, but she’s coming tomorrow. This means I will come home to a clean house!
  9. Bonus item: my Homechef delivery Wil arrive tomorrow. Yum!

What is making you happy right now?