ENGAGE, EQUIP, & EMPOWER: Teaching about Elizabeth Blackwell

elizabeth-blackwell-3Looking for an interesting topic to discuss next week in class? How about teaching students about the first woman to ever graduate from medical school “way back when” on January 23rd of 1849?

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a M.D. degree from an American medical school. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell and colleagues founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. Read more about this amazing woman here.

One easy way to engage students in a lesson about Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell is to watch a quick intro video about her. Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell — Weston Woods

You can also find a read aloud of Scholastic’s book here: Tami Reads “Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell” By: Tanya Lee Stone

For K-3 students, engage them in meaningful, thoughtful discussions about courage and self-confidence. You can tie the discussion to a read aloud of Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. Students can discuss how both the character and Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell displayed courage and self-confidence. Empower students by having them write about Dr. Blackwell and how they can apply her example to their own lives!

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For 4th – 6th grade here is a link to a TpT resource about Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell.

Happy Teaching!



It is New Year’s Eve, cuddle up with the 3Rs!

breakTeachers need the 3Rs on New Year’s Eve. I don’t mean reading, writing, etc. I mean REST, REFLECT, and REJUVENATE! Teaching is the most draining, yet most rewarding career in the world. I am struggling with some learning of my own. . . learning to take care of myself.  This is hard for most of us because we spend our time taking care of everyone else.

I updated this blog quite frequently when I was in the classroom full time. The past year and a half, I have served as the reading specialist at my school. My blogging has suffered because (again) I have been too busy with everything else to take time for myself. If you are the same, I hope you will follow my blog this year. I will share what we are doing in our classrooms at school and what I am learning in the greatest classroom of all. . .LIFE!

So cuddle up today with the 3Rs!

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PS: Yes, it is New Year’s Eve. No, I will not go out and party because every day is a party in this house!