Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 16: Afterwards

bestblogs1314 “I need to spend some time over at Gifted Resources now. I will be busy writing posts about the VAGTC EmpowerEd conference for the Gifted Resources blog for the next couple of days” I told Sprite. “But I will be back in time to help you hold a Best Australian Blogs 2013 Finale celebration on Wednesday. Have a think about what you would like to do to celebrate.” In the meantime Sprite’s Site readers could read about the blogs which were selected as finalists in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian blogs 2013 competition  http://www.writerscentre.com.au/bloggingcomp/2013competition.html I love About a Bugg http://aboutabugg.com/  because it is written by Renee who is the mother of a girl who is like Sprite in many ways. Sprite’s Site was not one of the finalists.
The people’s choice voting for all the blogs is open until 30 April and all the winners will be announced on 1 May. I certainly have enjoyed participating in the competition. Thank you all for sharing the ride with me! Plenty of good things came from participating – we now have a Face Book page and several improvements have been made to the blog and I have enjoyed writing special posts for the competition. “Don’t go yet!” said Sprite “Tell us about the conference” “I will be writing about it for Gifted Resources  blog” I said. “Tell us something silly that you would not want to put in the proper stuffy blog” Sprite persisted. “Very well, then!” I said. “To get to the conference I had to walk to the bus stop, take a bus from Rosebud to Frankston and then the train from Frankston to Melbourne and then I had to walk to CQ Functions in Queens St where the conference was to be held. I had a heavy computer case to carry and a heavy case on wheels to drag behind me and a heavy handbag draped over my shoulder. I had plotted the way I had to walk from Flinders St Station to Queens St on a map and it did not seem to be very far.” gettingthere01a “But I came out of the station by a different exit and so I asked a man for directions to Queens St. He pointed out Crown Casino and said that was in Queens St and gave me directions to it. So I walked over a footbridge across the Yarra River and headed for Crown Casino. It had been raining and my suede shoes became waterlogged.” gettingthere02 “When I arrived there I found a sign pointing to Queensbridge (not Queens St.) I asked a lady and she told me to go back over the Yarra on another bridge then turn right and then left. But this is what I ended up doing.” gettingthere03 “I did arrive in good time and the conference was excellent and I was given a lift back to Flinders St Station for the return journey” “Yes, yes! All very fascinating!” said Intellectual Dabrowski sarcastically “I’m glad you didn’t write all that on the Gifted Resources blog. Now please hurry up and start writing your reports!”

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Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 15: Summing up

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The final inspection of Sprite’s Site entry in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2013 competition
http://www.writerscentre.com.au/bloggingcomp/index.html  seemed to be going well.
P’est Pour Parfait, the Perfectionist Poodle, was satisfied with the series of three posts about storytelling on the blog.

Intellectual Dabrowski had tried to insist on a bibliography of references for the main themes of the blog. But there had been a chorus of “Shut up, Intellectual!”

And arrangements were in place for a Twitter icon with a link to http://twitter.com/jofrei to be placed on the sidebar of the blog. It will be added soon.

However I noticed that a dispute was breaking out between the Origami Secretary Bird and the Pair O’ Noids about placing a Facebook link icon there.
“P’est Pour Parfait said it must be included” said the Origami Secretary Bird.
“Jo’s Facebook page is only for her family and friends” squeaked the Pair O’Noids.

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Before a full scale tug of war could begin Imaginational Dabrowski proposed a very sensible compromise.
“Sprite’s Site should have a Facebook Page and the icon link could go to that page” he said.

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And that is what happened. Sprite’s Site now has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/spritessite

We would like it very much if the Sprite’s Site readers would visit and Like the page!

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Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 14: Stories 3 Twitter Bird Tales

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“I thought we had already talked about the Twitter Birds” said Sprite
“Well yes, but you have not discussed the main storylines concerning the Tweet Family and the Psych-Owl-Ogist in sufficient depth” replied P’est Pour Parfait, the Perfectionist Poodle, who had arrived to make a final inspection of Sprite’s Site entry in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2013 competition

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The Tweet Family stories began with the marriage of Tweet and Retweet in August 2011
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/twitter-bird-wedding-album-1/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/twitter-bird-wedding-album-2/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/twitter-bird-wedding-album-3/
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/twitter-bird-wedding-album-4/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/twitter-bird-wedding-album-5/

In February 2012 Retweet laid a blue egg and a pink egg and in March 2012 the tweetlets, Tweetil and Tweetelle, hatched.

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By late March the tweetlets were demonstrating characteristics often
associated with giftedness in early childhood and the story described parenting
issues and differences of opinion with Great Aunt Hashtag
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/tweetlets/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/in-my-day/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/the-tweetlets-meet-the-dabrowski-dogs/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/nappies-on-tweetlets/
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Then came a series of tales about asynchronous development as the Tweet family commenced Flight School
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/flight-school/
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/flight-school-with-help-from-the-dabrowski-dogs/
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/flight-school-hits-the-asynchrony-speed-bump/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/marking-time-to-the-beat-of-their-own-drum/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/in-my-day-reprise/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/tweetelle-becomes-a-seedetarian/
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The Psych-Owl-Ogist was consulted and we learned about characteristics of giftedness and social/emotional aspects
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/the-psych-owl-ogist-1/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/the-psych-owl-ogist-2/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/the-psych-owl-ogist-3/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/the-psych-owl-ogist-4/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/the-psych-owl-ogist-5/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/the-psych-owl-ogist-6/

Next came the discussions involved in finding the right flock for the tweetlets
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/finding-the-right-flock/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/finding-the-right-flock-2/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/finding-the-right-flock-3/
and the decision to continue with Nest Ed and the challenges associated with that choice
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/socialization/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/socialization-2/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/qualified-to-teach/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/cuckoos-in-the-nest/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/when-extended-family-dont-get-giftedness/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/digital-badges-2/
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“And talking about Twitter Birds reminds me to tell you I would like to see you put a Twitter button and a Facebook button in the sidebar of the blog” said Parfait.

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Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 12B: More stories

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This should be post No 13 in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2013 competition series but little Imaginational Dabrowski would not let me use that number.
“Remember,” said the Memory Elephant “he doesn’t like the number 13 because he thinks it looks mean!”

The Memory Elephant, the Dabrowski Dogs and the Black Dogs have also been the subjects of storylines at Sprite’s Site.

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The Memory Elephant is a personification of memory and the Visual Spatial Learner’s style of thinking. Some of the stories about the Memory Elephant have been gathered into a Youblisher booklet at Sprite and the Memory Elephant
http://www.youblisher.com/p/10752-Sprite-and-the-Memory-Elephant/
You can read about the Memory Elephant at http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/blog/?p=1000 and see an animation of the Memory Elephant in action at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/memory-elephant-usb-morph/

Memory Elephants have their own holiday celebration on 30 December
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/memory-elephants-day-30-december/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/memory-elephant-day-30-december/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/that-was-the-year-that-was-2012/

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I noticed that Wistful Black Dog was sitting next to the Memory Elephant.
The Black Dogs are personifications of possible sources of depression.
Wistful is sometimes found with the Memory Elephant as he can cause depression by regretting the past.
The Black Dogs, who are all personifications of possible sources of depression, are described at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/about-the-characters/ and their story has been told in a Youblisher booklet http://www.youblisher.com/p/10553-Sprite-and-Black-Dog/

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The Dabrowski Dogs feature in many of the stories. Some of them have been gathered into a Youblisher booklet Sprite and the Dabrowski Dogs.  http://www.youblisher.com/p/11810-Sprite-and-the-Dabrowski-dogs/

The tale of the Dabrowski Dogs attending the Paws for Poise mobile grooming parlour is told in a Little Bird Tales book at http://littlebirdtales.com/tales/view/story_id/8013/

Another potential booklet is the series of posts about the Dabrowski Dogs solving a puzzle
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/a-puzzle/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/a-puzzle-2/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/a-puzzle-3/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/a-puzzle-4/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/a-puzzle-5/

The Dabrowski Dogs are not always in agreement. There is often tension between the pedantic Intellectual and the visionary dreamer Imaginational. This was very apparent in the affair of the topiary tree octopus
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/and-an-octopus-in-a-topiary-tree/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/if-you-just-believe/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/i-found-one/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/march-for-the-tree-octopus/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/review-of-the-march-for-the-tree-octopustranscript-1/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/review-of-the-march-for-the-tree-octopus-2-evidence-from-the-memory-elephant/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/23/sprite-in-hiding/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/23/imaginational-dabrowski-counsel-for-the-defence/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/23/imaginational-dabrowski-counsel-for-the-defence-2/

 

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Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 12: Stories

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“I knew where to take people to show them Sprite’s Site social media activity” said Sprite “But how do I show them where to find the storytelling to illustrate the writing on the blog?”

“If you had been more attentive to your Latin studies” said Intellectual Dabrowski “you would be able to read the sign and see that the stories are all around you in all the blog posts!”

There are several series of posts which tell stories about Sprite and the other characters. Some have already been gathered into Youblisher booklets or told on Storyjumper, Little Bird Tales or other online story writing programs. Others can be read by reading all the posts in a particular tag.

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Perchance to dream http://www.youblisher.com/p/36792-Perchance-to-dream/

If only If only http://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/5746162/jofrei

You can read about the character of Sprite at About Sprite
I took the opportunity to find out whether my readers understood Sprite in the way I hoped I was depicting her at
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/gifted-island-challenge-2-getting-to-know-myself-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/gifted-island-challenge-2-getting-to-know-myself-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends-the-results-are-in/

Most of the storylines on the blog are about Sprite and are used to help provide information about 2E Twice Exceptional students who are both gifted and have some learning difficulty or learning style difference and to give links to helpful resources.

Sprite’s giftedness is apparent in her thirst for knowledge and love of research and experiments  and in the deep, sometimes existential type questions she asks.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/elephants-in-the-waiting-room/

Storylines on the blog often deal with trying to find ideal provisions for Sprite’s education and advocating for her
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/casting-sprites-education-in-a-new-form-part-1/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/advocacy/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/the-meeting/

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A main theme is using De Bono’s Six Action Shoes as a planning tool to find programs that will be suitable for gifted students who also have a learning difficulty or different learning style.
Sprite is always depicted as having an injured left ankle and needing to wear different shoes on each foot to illustrate the concept that she needs different educational provisions for both her giftedness and her disability.

The De Bono’s Six Action Shoes posts can be found here
Orange gumboots https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/orange-gumboots/
Pink slippers https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/pink-slippers/
Grey sneakers https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/grey-sneakers/
Blue formal shoes https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/blue-formal-shoes/
Purple riding boots https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/purple-riding-boots/
Brown brogues https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/brown-brogues/
More shoes https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/more-shoes/
Plaster cast https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/casting-sprites-education-in-a-new-form-part-1/

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The Survivor –Gifted Island series has not been made into a booklet yet but here are the links to the posts in the correct order.
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/survivor-gifted-island/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/survivor-gifted-island-2/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/gtstoogies-15-april/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/onto-the-island-and-into-the-fish-bowl/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/reality-check/
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/gifted-island-challenge-for-reward-1-personalise-your-tent/
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/gifted-island-testing-testing/
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/meanwhile-back-on-gifted-island/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/gifted-island-challenge-2-getting-to-know-myself-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/gifted-island-challenge-2-getting-to-know-myself-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends-the-results-are-in/

Sprite has both a heightened sense of justice and a vivid imagination.
She loves to set up her soft toys with placards and hold protest marches
Feetspeak Unfair to Sprite march
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/the-protest-march/
Please remember campaign
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/please-remember-campaign/
Cruel is not cool – support for anti-bullying campaign
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/05/01/cruel-is-not-cool/
March for the tree octopus
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/march-for-the-tree-octopus/

“And that is only some of the stories about Sprite” said Intellectual Dabrowski.
“There are also plenty of stories about the other characters.”

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Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 11: Characters

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As P’est Pour Parfait, the Perfectionist Poodle, had pointed out, several characters that appear in the group picture in the header of Sprite’s Site are not mentioned in the About the Characters page. https://spritessite.wordpress.com/about-the-characters/

So some of them have been added to that page and a second About the Characters page has been created at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/about-the-characters-2/ to describe the others
The Memory Elephant has been called in to act as Photographer Pachyderm and record pictorial memoirs of them.

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Additions to Page 1 include in the Les Souris section Oliver Moremouse who is a spokesman for the mice in the skirtingboard and was first noticed begging cheese in Dobrou chut for #gtstoogies   Oliver is often seen souveniring a cheese platter

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The Twitter Birds have been moved to the newly created second page and particular Twitter birds such as One Twitter Bird and Angus McTvitter have been recognised.
The Tweet family and the Psych-Owl-Ogist have also been added to the second page.

Others included on the second page are

Tweetelle’s Caterpillar pet

Outfora Duck

The Origami Secretary Bird

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The Topiary Tessellation Bird Leaf Tree http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/blog/?tag=topiary-tessellation-birdleaf-tree  
and the Topiary Tree Octopus (Octopus Topiarii) https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/topiary-tessellation-birdleaf-tree/

Echidna and Kiwi

The Lobsters

Red Herrings

Turtle

Beloved Snail

Pair O’Noids

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Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 10: Stories and series

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“What concerns me most” P’est Pour Parfait, the Perfectionist Poodle had said “is that 70% of the evaluation is based on the writing of the blog and that there have not been any posts yet relating to the storytelling here at Sprite’s Site. There should be posts about the storylines and the subjects covered on the blog”

After conducting tours of Sprite’s Site’s social media connections, Sprite was very pleased at the prospect of relaxing and reading some of the stories which have been told on the blog to the Dabrowski Dogs. She said she would dictate the stories she would like me to include in a post about storytelling.

Intellectual Dabrowski became quite bossy and started to point out errors in Sprite’s reading and to tell me what I should write.

“You should write one post about storylines, one about characters and one about themes and subject areas covered” he said.

“I agree” chimed in Parfait “I further recommend that you should include an A-Z glossary of the themes and subjects covered”

“And you do realize, I suppose, that you have not written about all the characters in the About the Characters page” added Parfait “that must be remedied before you write the post about the characters.”

“OK, then let us start by compiling the glossary of themes and subjects” said Intellectual.

“Do we really have to do that? I am feeling really tired now!” Sprite said.
Emotional howled in sympathy and Sensual scratched his head.
“Boring!” said Psycho Motor and went off to chase butterflies.
Imaginational said “Wouldn’t it be great if all the blog stories were made into books or e-books! Wouldn’t it be great if Jo won some writing lessons from the Australian Writers’ Centre so she could learn how to do it properly?”

“Come on then! Let’s get started!” said Intellectual. Just list them all at the moment. Then we can sort them into groups later”

There is no point in arguing with Intellectual when he is giving you the flinty working dog stare. He will keep pushing until you accomplish his goals. I remember so clearly the way he commanded the writing of the New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week blog post series. I can still hear him barking out “No-one goes down to the beach to wave to New Zealand until we have finished” https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/new-zealand-gifted-awareness-week-2012-tba-post-4-part-3/
It is frustrating and tiring enough for me to deal with; but for Sprite it can cause overwhelming distress and exhaustion

So we persevered and here is the list we compiled

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A  Anthropomorphism Advocacy Acceleration A-May-ING April Fools Arachnid Asynchronous development

B Biographies Big Questions Beloved Snail Back stories Bullying Birds & bees talk Body language

C Creator/Creation Christmas Choosing schools Cheetahs Comics Creating challenges Cleaning up Columbus Cheetah

D Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities Dabrowski Dogs Depression DeBono’s 6 Action shoes Dimensions Devotional Digital citizenship Dogopus Dreams

E Emotions Emoticons Existence

F Film discussions Friendship Facial expressions

G Giftedness Gifted Education programs Gagne’s DMGT Road

H Homeschooling Homework Halloween Holiday programs

I Imaginary/Imaginal Imagination

J Johari’s window

K Kites

L Lobsters Les Souris

M Memory Marches Mindmapping Memory Elephant Myth busting Mentors

N Name calling Noids

O Organizational skills Origami Secretary Bird optimism

P Parenting Psych-Owl-ogist Paws for Poise Parlour P Party Puzzle Perfectionism

Q Quilting Questions Quest

R Real pony Reading

S Survivor Gifted Island Sensitivities Social/emotional issues Schrödinger’s cat Storytelling

T Twice Exceptional students Twitter bird stories (wedding album and band auditions) Tree Octopus Taste Tester dogs Topiary Tessellation Bird Leaf Tree Tweet family

U Un-Olympics Bowers Underachievement

V Visual spatial learners Voki

W Webinars Weed wars

X X-rays (testing not written yet)

Y Young gifted children

Z Zzz (sleep – Tweetlets)

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