In line with his New Year resolution, that in 2014 he will increase his efforts to bust the myths surrounding giftedness and advocate for acceleration and ability grouping opportunities for gifted students, and in preparation for a webinar and Global GT chat on Twitter for the next two weeks, Columbus Cheetah is updating his myth busting presentations.
Columbus Cheetah’s discussion of the myths surrounding giftedness are based in his own brand of cheetah logic and the wonderful analogy of the cheetah to the gifted person given in Stephanie Tolan’s wonderful article ‘Is it a Cheetah?’
Columbus Cheetah says the cheetah has an anatomy and physiology which is
perfectly designed for running fast. Cheetahs have enlarged nostrils, chest and
lungs to take in large amounts of oxygen, a flexible spine, long legs and a
long tail for balance.
A cheetah with an injured leg still has all the anatomical attributes of the
cheetah but cannot run as fast
This myth has already been discussed during Myth 3 as one of the reasons that gifted students may not all be successful in school.
The analogy of the lame cheetah to the 2E student is the basis of Feetspeak:
2E shoes http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/feetspeakforweb01.htm and Sprite’s Site blog https://spritessite.wordpress.com/
For more information about 2E see 2E Newsletter http://www.2enewsletter.com/