I am happy to be able to relate that after our last meeting Sprite’s teacher has been enthusiastic about acting on Dr Ed Needs’ recommendations and has set up an Individual Education Plan for Sprite.
Using the Feetspeak and De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes method of planning the programs, it will include opportunities for her to be accelerated in some subjects (do the most sensible thing brown brogues), to undertake research projects in her areas of passionate interest (grey sneakers) to have time with a mentor (purple riding boots) and to participate in some formal gifted withdrawal programs (blue formal shoes) at the same time as she receives the support she needs for her areas of weakness (the plaster cast and other aids) and the social/emotional and pastoral care issues will be addressed (pink slippers)
This will mean using Combinations. The result of wearing shoes of varying type with a different style on each foot would lead to action plans which are a blend of both.
So now Sprite will be wearing combinations of De Bono’s 6 Action shoes. For example she can wear a Blue Formal shoe or a Grey Sneaker on her right foot and a Pink Slipper or a plaster cast on her left foot.
“I realized during the PD session that Sprite is like a lame cheetah” the teacher said.
“And I could see that she should not be denied the opportunities to receive a challenging and engaging education.”
She is also employing the strategies of S.C.A.M.P.E.R. in order to modify her teaching methods for Sprite.
One of the programs in which Sprite is participating is a Philosophy group called Sage Thyme. She is very excited about it as she has always thought deeply and loves to discuss and debate. And she loves her glittery new Smartfit blue formal shoe.
The only concern is that these provisions are being made so late in the year.
Will they continue next year?