November Blog Day 6 Characters: Columbus Cheetah

The logo for Gifted Resources is a cheetah head in a circle.
The logo was chosen because the cheetah provides a very apt analogy for a gifted person. The cheetah – a metaphor for giftedness is based on the article “Is it a cheetah?” by Stephanie Tolan http://www.stephanietolan.com/is_it_a_cheetah.htm
Columbus Cheetah is the soft toy cheetah which sits on my desk.
He is named Columbus because of the Columbus group who gave us this very useful definition of giftedness.

“Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally.” The Columbus Group, 1991, cited by Martha Morelock, “Giftedness: The view from within”, in Understanding Our Gifted, January 1992

On Gifted Resources website Columbus Cheetah is also known as Columbus Cheetah Mythbuster because he features in a series of presentations on the About Us page which aim to dispel myths surrounding giftedness.
We find that on Sprite’s Site blog  Sprite has claimed Columbus Cheetah as her own soft toy ever since one of the earliest posts, No Magic Wand?!!! On 13 June 2009  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/no-magic-wand/
Columbus was described as a soft toy in the post Sprite’s menagerie but it was also apparent that Sprite has a vivid imagination and has assigned characters and storylines to the soft toys.
Sprite sets Columbus Cheetah up with placards and banners to participate in the protest marches she organizes such as Feetspeak Unfair to Sprite 11 September 2009
Please Remember campaign 28 November 2009
and Cruel is NOT Cool 1 May 2010 
His message is always a plea to allow gifted students to work at their own pace and not impose speed restrictions on them.
Columbus also formed the Cheetah Coalition to lobby for ability grouping opportunities for gifted students at the 1st Annual Lobster Fest 7 October 2010 
Sprite took Columbus Cheetah for her learning centre display for the Night of the Notables Notables 23 May 2010  when she researched Dr Laurie Marker of the Cheetah Conservation Fund
http://www.cheetah.org/?nd=home
http://wildlifeconservationnetwork.org/wildlife/cheetahnamibia.html

One thought on “November Blog Day 6 Characters: Columbus Cheetah

  1. Kudos to Sprite. At our house when my children were much younger, we too assigned names and elaborate stories to our stuffed animals. It was a way of communicating with my children when they were sad or angry or disappointed.

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