CHAOS Plan Check

We are now three quarters of the way through 2013 and it is time to pause and evaluate the progress I have made in the plans for this year.
You can read about the plans and how they were made in this entry posted in January  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/jos-chaos-plan-2/
This is the mind map of the plans

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Gifted Resources has continued to engage in project work with Borderlands this year http://www.borderlands.org.au/
The main foundation of Gifted Resources is the website http://www.giftedresources.org/  The website main page has been updated. Some sections still need revision. Some of the links have been checked and made to open in new windows but there are more still to do.

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So far this year I have written a newsletter each month and a second newsletter in March and also three Extension and Holiday Programs newsletters.

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I compiled a new hard copy Info Pack for 2013 and we are in the process of creating a CD version of it.

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At present most of my consultation work is conducted by phone, email and post.
Using Skype has enhanced the effectiveness of phone consultation and made it a more affordable method. I have continued this so far during the year.

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In March I talked to a group of parents and teachers at Village School. I would still like to give other in person or online webinar presentations this year.

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I have not organized any Film Discussions so far this year but I do have 3 plastic crates filled with Film Discussion kits ready for use and another option would be to add the kits to the Gifted Resources Library collection so that groups can borrow a kit to facilitate holding their own Film Discussion.

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I have very nearly finished re-cataloguing the books in the Gifted Resources library.
Several tubs of information have been sorted and I now have two tubs of conference handout papers and two tubs of articles. Some of the longer articles have been bound in folders and catalogued separately.
When the re-cataloguing is complete the Library page can be restored to the Gifted Resources website.

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This year I have only posted 16 entries on the Gifted Resources blog.
At the end of May Gifted Resources website suffered hacking caused by vulnerability to exploitation in WordPress, the platform for both Gifted Resources blog and Sprite’s Site blog.

Because of the problems the blog now has a new address
Gifted Resources Blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/
It meant that we lost the blog internal links and I had to edit all the posts on both blogs to restore broken links. Gifted Resources blog with only 50 plus posts was repaired fairly quickly.

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So far this year I have posted 67 entries on Sprite’s Site.

The blog was given a new theme when some of the illustrations appeared distorted

Sprite’s Site was again a nominee in the Best Australian Blogs competition. As part of participation the blog was given its own Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/spritessite

At the end of May Gifted Resources website suffered hacking caused by vulnerability to exploitation in WordPress, the platform for both Gifted Resources blog and Sprite’s Site blog.
Because of the problems the blog now has a new address

Sprite’s Site Blog https://spritessite.wordpress.com/ 

Sprite’s Site also has a completely independent Sprite’s New Site on the Edublogs platform at http://jofrei5.edublogs.org/

It means that we lost the blog internal links and I had to edit all the posts on both blogs to restore broken links. Sprite’s Site which celebrated its fourth birthday in June had over 600 posts and took a long time to clean up

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Currently I enjoy participating in groups relating to giftedness and 2E issues on Facebook and Twitter, especially the weekly #gtchat sessions on Twitter.
Sprite’s Site now has its own Facebook page

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There is always so much to learn!
MOOCs, webinars, global education conferences and many others offer so many online opportunities.

And I was able to virtually visit the WCGTC Conference in Louisville Kentucky and blog about it at http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/virtually-visiting-the-wcgtc-conference-in-kentucky/

In real life I attended the VAGTC EmpowerEd conference in April and blogged about it on the Gifted Resources Blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/vagtc-empowered-for-giftedness-conference/

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This is an area which gives me so much satisfaction and happiness.
I participate in the Brilliant Chaos Group on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/  
monthly creating challenges
http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/doc/253263591368971/

In January the Twitter birds visited the circus
In February the Twitter birds made and flew kites
In March the theme was luck and the Twitter bird, Retweet, incorporated it into her NEST Ed studies
In April I created a new theme for Sprite’s Site and posts for the Best Australian Blogs 2013 competition
In May I celebrated the Month of Maybe with a Padlet sticky note wall
In June I created a set of the 2013 wheels with a Winter theme for the websites

In July I finished cleaning up the blogs with the help of the Twitter bird cleaning crew
In August I had fun creating splotches with a paint roller and turning them into scenes
And this month I created a set of wheels for Spring and the Twitter birds played games of Guess the Spring Phrase from the pictures they painted.

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Regarding my personal life – this year we celebrated 40 years of marriage. Our daughter organised a lovely afternoon tea for us in the All Saint’s Rosebud church hall
I am still enjoying the quiet pace of life in Rosebud, planting flowers, shrubs, cacti and herbs and photographing the birds in the area.
In the past I have been very involved with writing and teaching church Sunday school programs. I have sorted out the several plastic tubs and now have 3 tubs of programs which I have written over the years and 2 tubs of visual aids, worksheets and background reading materials. I have arranged for these to be willed to the library of MST (formerly Bible College of Victoria). I have not started to turn these programs into online programs yet.

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Unmasking the Possibilities 2

 

This is just a marker holding a place on the blog for my description of the VAGTC Unmasking the Possibilities conference which I have not yet finished.
I am very busy on a several fronts andI have a couple of other posts which I would like to add now without losing this spot.
So check back later to see whether I have edited this post or  given up and deleted the place holder!

Unmasking the Possibilities

 

The  Dabrowski Dogs are preparing to accompany me to the Victorian Association for Gifted & Talented Children conference “Unmasking the Possibilities”  on Thursday 8 – Friday 9 September  http://www.vagtc.asn.au/
The theme of the conference will be overcoming the barriers such as poverty, isolation, cultural and language issues, 2E gifted with learning difficulties, health and social/emotional issues that can prevent gifted students from shining.

Emotional Dabrowski is often called The Drama Queen. She is enjoying trying on the theatrical masks which display the emotions!

Sensual and Psycho Motor would like to wear the Gifted Resources cheetah masks with the QR code for the web site included in the cheetah head spots but Sensual is not sure it will fit comfortably on him and Psycho Motor is bouncing so much the mask will not sit straight and keeps dislodging.


Intellectual Dabrowski is modelling the combination mask which demonstrates the theme of the conference. The mask has two layers. The gifts and talents displayed on the lower mask can only be glimpsed when the overlay mask which represents the difficulties is in place.


Imaginational Dabrowski found that his thinking was enlarged when he considered how the overlay mask could be removed to let the gifts and talents shine.

 

 

Valentines, reminders and lavender lathers

This week Roya Klingner from The Bavarian Centre for Gifted and Talented Children http://www.begabungszentrum-bayern.de/english/  dropped in to bring Apfelstrudel and Vienna coffee for this week’s #gtstoogies gathering and a reminder note for the pinboard about the gifted conferences her centre hosts in Second Life http://www.begabungszentrum-bayern.de/global-virtual-meeting-for-gifted-education-in-secondlife/
Coming speakers will be
– Feb 26 … Christine Fonseca (USA)
– March 26…Tim Dracup(UK)
– April 23…Prof. Georg Betts(USA)
– May 28…Margaret Keane(IRELAND)
– Juni 25…Prof. Ernst Hany(GERMANY)
Also on the pinboard is a notice about Mary St George’s Facebook Group Mary’s Gifted Contacts and of course the Twitter #gtchat and #gtstoogies groups. For general chat such as sharing recipes before and after the Twitter #gtchat sessions you can log into #gtstoogies
The Cheetah Conservation Fund have also sent a flyer suggesting that rather than giving roses as Valentines Day gifts you could give the gift of sponsoring an orphaned cheetah.
The Paws for Poise Cyber Dog Grooming Parlour bus is offering a Valentines special of Lavender Lathers as there is nothing romantic about a pongy pooch! So Sensual Dabrowski will be able to keep two of his New Year resolutions at one time – experiencing aromatherapy and attending the Paws for Poise Parlour.

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This week the #gtstoogies will be serving food from Prague including the favourite, Fried Cheese.
Several posters and postcards showing views of Prague are displayed on the pin board, along with a flyer for the 19th Biennial Conference of the WCGTC – Making a World of Difference for Gifted Children which will be held in Prague 8-12 August 2011. Click on the picture if you would like to see an enlargement and be able to see the pin board more clearly.
Caramel Cat is using cheese as bait for mouse fishing; not realising that the mice are already enjoying a cheese feast. The stout hearted (and  stout waisted) Oliver Moremouse had already returned the platter from last week  to Sprite and, in his best Dickensian voice, requested “Please can I have some more?”

Sydney – Scientia, Symposium and Sights

Sprite was reading the Holiday Programs newsletter on Gifted Resources home page http://www.giftedresources.org  and sighing.

“I want to go somewhere different these holidays. I would really like to go to Sydney and do a Scientia course at GERRIC
Look you can read all about it here.”
http://gerric.arts.unsw.edu.au/students/wrkshps.html

And I was looking at the GIFTED 2010 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness Sydney 29 July – 1 August 2010 http://www.gifted2010.com.au/ and sighing.
“I would love to attend the conference in Sydney but I don’t think I will be able to afford it.”

Eidetic the Memory Elephant began to spin the Shape Collage ball of Sydney photos.