The Fence Post

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I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

Another type of post found on Sprite’s Site is the Fence Post.

The fence posts are used to build the guard rails that prevent students from falling into the Underachievement area which was discussed in the 26 May 2013 post Gifted Underachievers  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/gifted-under-achievers/

In the whole student population there are some gifted students, some students with learning difficulties and many students who are underachieving for a whole variety of reasons.

Some of the gifted students also have learning difficulties and many of the gifted and many of those with learning difficulties are underachieving. And some are unfortunate enough to be in that centre group who are gifted with learning difficulties and are underachieving.

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When we take a closer look at the Underachieving group we see that there are many possible reasons a student can be underachieving.
Teachers, parents, psychologists, education consultants and therapists need to support and advocate for gifted, 2E and LD students in order to build a guard rail to try to prevent them falling into the Underachievement area.

This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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The Signpost 2

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I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

The second signpost is the one I use to show contact details on Gifted Resources information page.

I needed to prepare a single page handout which could be used to provide a basic introduction to some of the important reference material and explain how Gifted Resources can help locate services and information relating to giftedness.

I created the page pictured the top of this post for the purpose. I am happy that almost all the topics I would most want to discuss are represented in some way in the picture.

I managed to include the signpost for information Gifted Resources can provide, all the methods of contacting me plus words or pictures relating to key issues such as

  • The specific educational and social/emotional needs of gifted people,
  • The Columbus Group definition of giftedness as asynchronous development
  • The Bell curve showing distribution of IQ levels in the population
  • Gagne’s DMGT model of development of innate giftedness into fully developed talent (emphasising the importance of internal and situation influences)
  • The diagram of underachievement (showing our role as teachers and parents in building a guard rail to prevent students falling into underachievement)
  • Myths surrounding giftedness
  • Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities represented by the Dabrowski Dogs

You can read more about the creation of the page at
https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/one-page-to-tell/

This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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The Signpost 1

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I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

The signpost is one of the landmarks on Sprite’s Site.

The Sprite’s Site Signpost is the marker at the crossroads in the centre of the Feetspeak: 2E Shoes Quest Map.
The Quest Map is a mind map which provides an overview of the Feetspeak: 2eshoes program

Feetspeak: 2E shoes is about planning programs that will be suitable for gifted students who also have a learning difficulty or different learning style using Edward De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes as the planning tool. http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/feetspeakforweb01a.htm

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In Sprite’s mind the roads are called Shoes Road and DMGT Road.
Shoes Road leads to Edward De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes and DMGT Road leads to Prof Francoys Gagne’s Model of the development from natural ability to fully developed talent.
She calls the other end of DMGT Road Fund Road because that was where she had to go to find out whether she would be eligible for any funding, special considerations or assistance.
The other end of Shoes Rd is what Sprite calls Plan Rd; because it was there that strategies for building an education plan for her could be found. Sprite always wonders whether DMGT Road and Plan Road meet each other somewhere behind the distant hills.
It could be reasonably extrapolated that if the plans made on Plan Road were suitable and were pursued to their conclusion that Plan Road and DMGT Road would indeed meet up.

The crossroads was also the scene of a virtual picnic held by the GTStoogies a group interested in issues relating to gifted and 2E students in 2011
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/a-picnic-at-the-intersection/

 

When participating in Best Australian Blogs competition in 2013 Sprite installed a different signpost and gave tours of the blog highlighting her participation in social media, webinars, blog hops and her local real life situation https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/best-australian-blogs-2013/

This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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Thirty Posts Hath September 1

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I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

The Americans have just finished their long summer holiday and this is Lisa’s way of getting back into the swing of blogging.
In Australia we are approaching the three quarter mark in our school year and a spring holiday. I have not had time away from blogging but would like to accept the challenge anyway.

But I am going to approach it in a slightly different manner. I have three blogs – Gifted Resources Blog, Sprite’s Site and Personas, Profiles and Portraits.
So I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of them during the month of September.

Gifted Resources Blog posts may be flyers for coming events or programs.
The posts for Personas, Profiles and Portraits will probably relate to the creation and use of my persona dolls and their accessories.
And for Sprite’s Site I will endeavour to post about posts!

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Stories of the OEs

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The theme of Hoagiesgifted’ September Blog Hop is over sensitivities (OEs).
So it seems appropriate to share the stories relating to the Dabrowski Dogs.
The five Dabrowski dogs are Sprite’s constant companions on Sprite’ Site Blog.
They are personifications of the characteristics described by Dabrowski’s Over-excitabilities. Stephanie Tolan has written an excellent Layman’s Explanation to Dabrowski’s Over-excitabilities at http://www.stephanietolan.com/dabrowskis.htm

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Intellectual, the Border collie, loves learning and academia. He is quite pedantic and insistent on verifying the accuracy of facts and citing sources correctly. He loves puzzles and word games. He learns rapidly and thinks deeply and critically. He loves to debate issues and his intellect can be intimidating at times. 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. Sometimes Intellectual combines forces with P’est Pour Parfait, the Perfectionist Poodle to insist on the production of high quality work.

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Sensual (who has the nickname Itchy) is stimulated by sights, sounds, tastes and textures. This can be good or bad – when the effects are negative Sensual can be part of the Black Dogs group who represent possible causes of depression.

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Imaginational, the Bedlington terrier, participates in a vivid imaginary world where he is a lamb or floats around in a hot air balloon. Imaginational likes to imagine a utopian future and is therefore a useful member of problem solving teams

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Emotional, the English Springer spaniel, experiences the extremes of happiness and despair. Her emotions are complex –she can be moved to tears by music. She has a heightened sense of justice and an empathy with others which can cause pain for her.

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Psycho Motor is very active both mentally and physically. He is always bouncing and barking and chasing his tail. Some people claim he has ADHD and others say he is just very active! Although he does not appear to be paying attention he can usually give the right answer.

Overexcitabilities play an important role in Sprite’s life

Educational experience
Doggy classroom dynamics https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/doggy-classroom-dynamics/
Overprikkelbaar https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/overprikkelbaar/
The G word https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/the-g-word/
Homework
Back from the hop https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/back-from-the-hop/
That’s what it’s all about  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/thats-what-its-all-about/
Critical thinking https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/critical-thinking/ 

Reading
Sharing the news with the Dabrowski dogs https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/sharing-the-news-with-the-dabrowski-dogs/
Reading to dogs https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/reading-to-dogs/

Everyday life
I love Christmas but https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/i-love-christmas-but/
Travelling with the Dabrowski dogs https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/gtstoogies-9-travelling-with-the-dabrowski-dogs/

The Dabrowski Dogs are not always in agreement.

There is dispute about which of them should take the leading role

Delta dog https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/delta-dog/

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/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/imaginational-dabrowski-counsel-for-the-defence/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/23/imaginational-dabrowski-counsel-for-the-defence-2/

 

Overexcitabilities often lead to labels being given which are sometimes accurate but at other times are inappropriate or even represent misdiagnosis
Labels https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/gt-chat-labels-good-bad-or-simply-wrong/

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This is a post for Hoagies’ Gifted Blog Hop for September

To read more about the topic join the Hoagies’ Blog hop by clicking on the Blog hop graphic created by Pamela S Ryan or following the link to

www.HoagiesGifted.org/blog_hop_overexcitabilities.htm

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