Intellectual Dabrowski had suggested that Sprite should read George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
Although she is quite a bit younger than I was when we studied the book at school, it probably would have been suitable for her to read as a story or even to read as an historical allegory. We could have had some great discussions about the book from either of those angles.
However her exceptionally gifted mind and the promptings of the overexcitable Dabrowski dogs lead Sprite to combine the story with the articles she was reading in the newspapers and make some completely unexpected connections and internalise the issues and messages of the book.
I found that instead of talking about a simple story or an allegory we were discussing communism, socialism, democracy, personal and corporate responsibility, ethics and morals, politicians’ electoral promises, refugees, the environment and a number of other issues.
In fact the discussion became so complex and had so many aspects to it that I needed to make a quick mindmap and I will write a series of posts about it.
But one of the first issues that became apparent was that of Asynchronous Development.
Gifted children are often capable of reading and understanding and making further inferences from material that they are not mature enough to cope with emotionally.
We discussed this recently in a Twitter #GTChat session about locating age appropriate books for high ability learners
And the Hoagies Gifted Education Page July 2014 blog hop focused on Summer reading
Hoagies have a section dedicated to reading at
And I also found ERIC Guiding the gifted reader on the Hoagies site
Asynchronous development is at the heart of the Columbus Group definition of giftedness and impacts every aspect of the life of a gifted child.
Articles about it can be found at
SENG Asynchronous development
Lisa Rivero Many ages at once
“Just tell me before we go on any further – why are you sitting in the Naughty Corner?” I asked Sprite.
“I put myself here because I am not being active in doing something when I can see things are not right or not fair” said Sprite.
“But in my own defence I have to say that I don’t know what I should be doing and there are just so many things wrong or not fair that I don’t even know where to start!”
“You and me – both!” I agreed