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Habits of Mind and Women's History Converge at Harbor

In a lesson that connected Women’s History Month with the Habits of Mind, second graders in Deirdre Baldassare’s class at Seaford Harbor Elementary School learned about author and disability rights advocate Helen Keller.

The first of the 16 Habits of Mind is persisting, and students learned how Helen Keller made significant contributions to society despite losing her hearing and sight at a young age. They read digital books about her to understand the magnitude of her accomplishments in the face of adversity.


As a culminating activity, each student completed a pictorial timeline of Helen Keller. Referencing a chart with the braille alphabet, they used bump dots to form words that defined her character traits, such as brave, hard-working and persistent.