Helen Keller, The Story of My LifePresentation Transcript
Close your eyes and ears for five seconds……. What do you feel?
Author: Helen Keller
She, is both deaf and blind. Who would believe such a person would write books on her own.
This book shows that Helen’s life is neither a miracle nor a joke She published “The story of my life” when she was twenty. Itdescribes how she withstood against her disabilities
• She was born on 27 June 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabam a• She was the child of Captain Auther H. Keller
• At the age of 19 month little Helen was caught by a fever which caused her to be deaf and blind“Gradually I got used to the silence and darknessthat surrounded me and forgot that it had everbeen different”
• Helen’s mother cherished her tenderly while she was loosing her sight little by little The only word she could remember was “Water”, this was her only word in her world at that time A shake of head for NO, a nod for YES was her communicate
She was struggling to be free. Free from the world of misery & bitterness where she experienced failures when expressing herself Her parents suffered too. They searched for teachers having the method to teach a child who’s both deaf and blind. Helen’s parents were able to find Alexander Grahm Bell and with his help they were able to find a way to educate little Helen.
Ms. Anne Sullivan was a light to Helen’s lonely and dark life. Anne was so friendly and kind to the poor girl. Helen soon showed that she is capable and learned quickly
Finger play, Spelling word into her hand First word she learned was doll. • At the age of ten Helen had mastered Braille as well as the manual alphabet and even learned to use the typewriter
Waterwas the word which Helen couldn’t understand easily. Ms.Sullivan put Helen’s hand under water coming out from the pump and spelled w- a-t-e-r to her hand When she realized what water means she rejoiced.
• Ms. Sullivan used cardboard slips having raised letters to teach her words“One day, Miss Sullivan tells me, I pinned the wordgirl on my pinafore and stood in the wardrobe. Onthe shelf I arranged the words, is, in, wardrobe.Nothing delighted me so much as this game”
Primarily her teacher was Ms. Anne Sullivan In 1888 entered to Perkins School in Boston Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York City in 1894 In 1896 - Entered Cambridge College for Young Ladies
In1900 she entered to the Radcliffe college On 28 June 1904 Helen graduated from Radcliffe College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree What had she achieved?
Temple and Harvard Universities in the United States Glasgow and Berlin Universities in Europe Delhi University in India Witwatersrand University in South Africa
She also received an honorary Academy Award in 1955 as the inspiration for the documentary about her life, Helen Keller in Her Story.In 1964 awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, by President Lyndon Johnson
In 1919 Helen starred in a movie on her life.But it was a failure financially. But that movieled to a Vaudeville tour for four years.
It began in 1930. At first they went to theBritish Isles for summer vacations. She metand visited King George and Queen Mary atBuckingham Palace in 1931. There werevisits to France, Yugoslavia, and Japan.
In October, 1935 her dearest friend, herteacher died.During the second world war she visiteddisabled soldiers. After the war she went toGermany, Africa, Latin America, India andother places.
Helen retires from public life In October1961 Helen suffered the first of a series ofstrokes, and her public life was to draw to aclose. On June 1, 1968, at Arcan Ridge, HelenKeller died peacefully in her sleep.
To a normal person sun is light and warmth. But to a blind person? In little Helen’s own words“It seemed to me that there could be nothing more beautiful than the sun,whose warmth makes all things grow”
“I learned how the sun and the rain make to grow out of the ground every tree”“She sends the sunshine and rain to make them grow” “I think the sunshine is Natures warm smile, and the raindrops are her tears”
Blindness or deafness is not a problem to love the nature. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."Nature is "a feeling, a love and an appetite."
“I think you will be glad to hear that these poems have taught me to enjoy and love the beautiful springtime, even though I cannot see the fair, frail blossoms which proclaim its approach, or hear the joyouswarbling of the home-coming birds. Sweet Mother Nature can have no secrets from me when my poet is near.”
Few know what joy it is to feel the roses pressing softly into the hand, or thebeautiful motion of the lilies as they sway in the morning breeze.
“Even in the days before my teacher came, I used to feel along the square stiff boxwood hedges, and, guided by the sense of smell, would find the first violets and lilies.” “There, too, after a fit of temper, I went tofind comfort and to hide my hot face in the cool leaves and grass.”
"The public must learn that the blind man isneither genius nor a freak nor an idiot. Hehas a mind that can be educated, a handwhich can be trained, ambitions which it isright for him to strive to realise, and it is theduty of the public to help him make the bestof himself so that he can win light throughwork"
In 1915, the Permanent BlindWar Relief Fund, later calledthe American Braille Press, wasfounded. She was a member ofits first board of directors.
Helen joined AmericanFoundation for the Blind in 1921and worked for the organization for over 40 years.
“I WILL NOT JUST LIVE MY LIFE. I WILL NOT JUSTSPEND MY LIFE. I WILL INVEST MY LIFE."
There are many valuable thingswe can learn from “The story of my Life”
“ I knew that there wereobstacles in the way; but I was eager to overcome them”
“That living word awakened mysoul, gave it light hope, joy, set it free!”“There were barriers still, it is true, butbarriers that could in time be sweptaway”
“I took my "Reader for Beginners" andhunted for the words I knew; when I foundthem my joy was like that of a game of hide-and-seek”
I slip back many times, I fall, Istand still, I run against theedge of hidden obstacles, Ilose my temper… …and find it again and Every one who wishes to keep it better, I trudge gain true knowledge must on, I gain a little, I feel climb the Hill Difficulty encouraged, I get more alone, and since there is no eager and climb higher royal road to the summit, I and begin to see the must zigzag it in my own way widening horizon
…feeling like a fairy on a rosy cloud“I spent many happy hours in my tree ofparadise, thinking fair thoughts and dreamingbright dreams”
She knew the beauty of inner strength and power of the feelings, more than anyone else…
A woman with great patience, compassion, love, kindness, determination & optimistic attitudeIt’s quiet worthwhile to focus on herteacher Anne Sullivan’s characterthrough the words of Helen Keller
“You cannot touch theclouds, you know; butyou feel the rain andknow how glad theflowers and thirstyearth are to have itafter a long day. Youcannot touch loveeither; but you feel thesweetness that itpours into everything.Without love youwould not be happy orwant to play”
A powerful teaching methodologyAdhering to the principles of effective childeducationThe reference to the nature
“She linked my earliest thoughts withnature and made me feel that “birds andflowers and I were happy peers””She knew the best for her…A gradual but effective teaching procedureshe followed
“Everything Miss Sullivan taught me sheillustrated by a beautiful story or a poem ” Creativity and Imagination Key ways of Teaching and Learning