#gtstoogies 18 – Intellectual Dabrowski dresses up

When Intellectual Dabrowski heard that there would be a costume party for the animals in the #gtstoogies annex he vanished for a few hours to make himself a costume. He reappeared with a drawing of his proposed costume and announced that he would be going as THE APAULING DOGOPUS

When questioned further Intellectual told us that the Dogopus was a hybrid dog and octopus — man’s best underwater friend which Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory intended to invent and give himself for his 300th birthday if he lived long enough to see Technological Singularity when man would be able to transfer his consciousness into machines.


Sprite loves watching The Big Bang Theory and invites Intellectual Dabrowski in to watch it with her https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/the-big-bang-theory/

Intellectual Dabrowski has also dabbled in robotics having created robot dogs to round up the Twitter birds and herd them into Sprite cans

“Why is it the appalling Dogopus?”

“No! It is the APAULING Dogopus as a tribute to the recently departed Paul the Octopus who predicted the results of the World Cup

#gtstoogies 18 – How will the Dabrowski dogs spend Halloween?

“I’m really confused!” Sprite told me “I don’t know whether to celebrate Halloween or not! I read an article ‘Should Christians celebrate Halloween?’ by Pastor Scott Williams on his Big is the New Small blog http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2010/10/22/should-christians-celebrate-halloween/

He doesn’t tell you one way or the other. He says people debate about it every year and there are lots of good responses to his post too.

Intellectual Dabrowski was really interested in the whole debate and all the background history and found some great articles on Cybraryman’s page http://cybraryman.com/halloween.html – that Jerry Blumengarten has a page about almost any topic you can name!
There was a very interesting discussion about All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day at http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/halloween3.htm

Psycho Motor Dabrowski was just eager to go and play the apple bobbing games.

Sensual Dabrowski was anxious about the candy and the possibility of nut allergy problems after reading ‘Halloween and nut allergies – A scary combination’
and also about the loud noises and scary costumes and wanted me to watch a short video on Safety tips for your pets at

Emotional Dabrowski, the resident drama queen, loves dressing up and acting out various characters; so she had a lovely time covering her face with green face paint (Sensual was anxious about that also!) and putting on a tall black hat to appear as a witch from The Wizard of Oz.
However, when she looked at her reflection in the mirror, she gave herself such a fright that she had to be pacified with doggy treats and we had to consult Dr Michele Borba for tips on ‘How to take the fear out of Halloween’ http://www.micheleborba.com/blog/2008/10/29/how-to-take-the-fear-out-of-halloween/

And dear little Imaginational Dabrowski dressed up as E.T. dressing up as a little ghost to go Trick-or-Treating in the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. And he thought about how little Thinks He’s an Alien Black Dog had dressed up as a Pluto for Planethood Protester for Sprite’s P Party and how Thinks He’s an Alien Black Dog feels like an alien that had been left behind on Earth like many gifted people feel.
The Wikipedia entry about the film E.T. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T. says under the heading Themes.

“Other critics found religious parallels between E.T. and Jesus.[34][35] Andrew Nigels described the story of E.T. as “crucifixion by military science” and “resurrection by love and faith”.[36] According to Spielberg biographer Joseph McBride, Universal Pictures appealed directly to the Christian market, with a poster reminiscent of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and a logo reading “Peace”.[14] Spielberg answered that he did not intend the film to be a religious parable, joking, “If I ever went to my mother and said, ‘Mom, I’ve made this movie that’s a Christian parable,’ what do you think she’d say? She has a kosher restaurant on Pico and Doheny in Los Angeles.”[33]

As a substantial body of film criticism has built up around E.T., numerous writers have analyzed the film in other ways as well. E.T. has been interpreted as a modern fairy tale[37] and in psychoanalytic terms.[28][37] Producer Kathleen Kennedy noted that an important theme of E.T. is tolerance, which would be central to future Spielberg films such as Schindler’s List.[7] Having been a loner as a teenager, Spielberg described the film as “a minority story”.[38] Spielberg’s characteristic theme of communication is partnered with the ideal of mutual understanding: he has suggested that the story’s central alien-human friendship is an analogy for how real-world adversaries can learn to overcome their differences”

Imaginational Dabrowski decided that he and Thinks He’s an Alien Black Dog would visit the Planetarium together, eat Mobius Bagels and ‘call home’.

“So!” said Sprite “I am not quite sure how I will celebrate Halloween!”

#gtstoogies 17

At first glance the set up in the GT Stoogies Lobby is not very different from last week’s All Day Breakfast Buffet. And there is a good reason!
Once again an All Day Breakfast Buffet will be on offer with some additional items on the menu this week.
But then your eyes are drawn to a large box which has been delivered from Party in a Box and remember that this week we will be celebrating the return of the global ambassadors who have been presenting at conferences. Shh! It is supposed to be a Surprise!

#gtstoogies 16 – All Day Breakfast Buffet

This week several of the regular #gtchat participants will be presenting at gifted education conferences; so the regular gtchat sessions will not be held. This means that the gtchat participants will be able have some extra hours of sleep.
The #gtstoogies have set up an all day help-yourself breakfast buffet in the lobby.
Please enjoy fruit juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cereal, fruit, pancakes, bread rolls and croissants and even Mobius bagels. http://www.georgehart.com/bagel/bagel.html

If you would like some reading material other than the cereal boxes you will find transcripts of past #gtchat sessions at http://www.ingeniosus.net/gtchat-transcripts

The Twitter birds wanted to remind that even though #gtchat would not be held the Twitter Water Cooler for the 21st Century would still be there! 

Psycho Motor Dabrowski still rose bright and early ‘with the birds’ and Imaginational and Emotional Dabrowski discussed their dreams with each other.

Beside Caramel Cat’s cushion you can see Sprite’s pink slippers from the De Bono’s Six Action Shoes range.

It will be great to hear about the gifted education conferences next week. The All Day Breakfast will also be available next week with some additions to the menu.

Getting organized – Homework steps

Homework was another area which we needed to get organized as it was rapidly becoming a battlefield. Sprite’s ruses to avoid doing homework were escalating at the same pace as my attempts to help her to get organized.
It was turning into homework wars!

Fortunately I found an excellent article Ending Homework Wars by Dr Michele Borba http://www.micheleborba.com/blog/2010/08/24/ending-homework-wars/

Then there was a very helpful discussion of homework on #gtchat. For the transcript of that chat see http://wthashtag.com/transcript.php?page_id=8668&start_date=2010-08-27&end_date=2010-08-27&export_type=HTML

The Davidson Institute offered helpful advice for parents with ‘What parents can do to help their children get organized’ by S Rief in the Davidson Institute collection of articles http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10443.aspx

I found some great articles for teachers in regard to setting meaningful homework such as Five Hallmarks of Good Homework by Cathy Vatterott http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept10/vol68/num01/Five-Hallmarks-of-Good-Homework.aspx

and Cybraryman’s Homework System by Jerry Blumengarten http://www.cybraryman.com/homeworksystem.html

Some tips for avoiding homework wars are

• Have a set place and time for homework
• Have the routine use of the homework notebook well established
• Allow some time for relaxation or outdoor activity and a snack before commencing homework (note the life balance wheel)
• Ensure that necessary information and equipment is available
• Parents need to provide support and encouragement without taking over the work and need to be prepared to advocate for alternate or more suitable homework for the child if necessary (especially in the case of 2E students)

I noticed that Sprite had put a picture of a small dog on her pin board. “That is Rio, the Homework Dog,” she told me. The Homework Dog has his own website at http://thehomeworkdog.blogspot.com/