Acknowledging Diversity: Gifted is not a homogenous group

Better late than never!

New Zealand’s Gifted Awareness Blog Tour is held in June

www.nzcge.co.nz/blog_tour_2017

This year I volunteered to contribute a post for the blog tour but real life got in the way of my writing. I am living with my daughter and son in law and their Stumpy Tail Australian Cattle Dogs had a litter of puppies. Caring for the puppies took up a great deal of time both during the day and overnight. The pups liked to play and be fed at between 2.00am and 4.00am. We called it the ‘stupid o’clock session’!

In the past, when I lived in Rosebud, the folk at Sprite’s Site have gone down to the beach to wave ‘across the ditch’ to New Zealand

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/gifted-awareness-week-new-zealand/

But this year I am not living near the beach so they have to be content to hold up signs and send postcards and emails.

The theme for this year is Diversity.

It is a topic dear to the heart of the Sprite’s Site folk as they are a very diverse lot themselves.

The Psych-Owl –Ogist explained the concept to Retweet when she queried whether both her tweetlets could be gifted as they were so different from each other

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/the-psych-owl-ogist-6/

Gifted students come from every racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic group.

They can have differing profiles as described by Dr. Maureen Neihart and Dr. George Betts Revised Profiles of the Gifted and Talented 2010
http://www.ingeniosus.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/PROFILES-BEST-REVISED-MATRIX-2010.pdf
Teachers would usually recognize gifted students with Successful profile, maybe the Creative ones and maybe the Autonomous Learners but may have more difficulty in recognizing the Underground, At Risk and 2E Twice Exceptional students as gifted.

The Persona Dolls from the Personas, Profiles and Portraits Blog https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/  are representatives of these profiles of giftedness

Columbus Cheetah is quick to point out that there are many myths about characteristics which contribute to the lack of understanding of the diversity present in gifted students. http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/columbuscheetah.htm

Myths such as:
All gifted students will do well in school https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/columbus-cheetah-myth-buster-myth-3/

Gifted students are polite, well behaved and have neat handwriting https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/columbus-cheetah-myth-buster-myth-4/

It is not possible to be gifted and have a disability https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/columbus-cheetah-myth-buster-myth-8/

All of these myths cause gifted students who do not fit those particular descriptions to be overlooked.

Gifted students also vary in the areas of giftedness and talent they have and come with varying personality types and varying types of intensity and sensitivity.

Sprite’s Site discussed the various types of giftedness in the post Gifted – How? https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/gifted-how/  which was a contribution to

Hoagiesgifted September 2014 Blog hop www.hoagiesgifted.org/blog_hop_gifted_how.htm

Because of this diversity in gifted students there is no single program which fits all of them.

Sprite’s Site discussed this:

One size shoe cover system https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/de-bonos-6-action-shoes-9-one-size-shoe-cover-system/

I am very sorry that I did not manage to complete this post in time for the New Zealand Gifted Awareness Blog Tour.
However the good news is that the excellent posts in the Tour can still be read at www.nzcge.co.nz/blog_tour_2017

 

Back to Base

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

“Where on Earth have you been?” Sprite demanded “You haven’t been here since last month and I was getting worried.”

“I have been preparing a presentation for the OzeLive online conference next weekend” I said http://australianeducators.ning.com/

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“Also Australia is celebrating its first Gifted Awareness Week in March so I have been compiling a special edition of the Gifted Resources newsletter”
For details of the events of Gifted Awareness week
http://www.aaegt.net.au/?page_id=1170

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“Well you missed out on participating in the Hoagies Gifted February Blog Hop about Testing” Sprite said “Retweet said it was really excellent. You should go and read all the posts at http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/blog_hop_testing.htm           

“I thought maybe you were spending all your time with Sprite Doll and had forgotten about me”

“Actually” I said “I have been spending time with a whole set of dolls”.
I have made a set of six three foot tall dolls representing the profiles of gifted students in Neihart and Betts Revised Profiles of the Gifted and Talented.http://www.ingeniosus.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/PROFILES-BEST-REVISED-MATRIX-2010.pdf 

And I have created a new blog about the persona dolls at https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/

Photos Jo Freitag

Photos Jo Freitag

For the set of persona dolls I had to make a second version of the Sprite doll.
None of the dolls in the set have faces so that they can represent the aspect of giftedness without also showing any racial or ethnic characteristics. The first version of Sprite had an embroidered face and she was not in the same scale as the other dolls in the set.

Photo Jo Freitag

Photo Jo Freitag

”Wow!” said Sprite.” A Doll of a Doll of Me! It is like multi dimensions or parallel universes or something.
I do like Sprite doll Number 1’s blue boots though. Could you give me a pair like that too, please?”

Edward the Autonomous

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And now there are three!

My friend Judy Murcutt brought me another doll last week. Judy has been helping me to locate materials and work out methods for creating persona dolls. She asked several of her friends who are keen on craft work and has been given new leads. One of them gave Judy a doll frame which had been standing in her garden to scare away possums. She thought I would be able to take it apart and see how it had been put together and she did not want it back.

I was able to see how the doll had been put together and have repaired and clothed it and it has become Edward, a sensitive botany and animal loving gifted boy. Edward is a little professor who dresses in a rather old fashioned manner, plays the recorder and other instruments and reads classical literature. Although quiet and peace loving he is very interested in knights, Arthurian legend and life in mediaeval times. That is a leather bound copy of Ivanhoe he is clutching.
I am having a great deal of fun with these dolls and think there must be a divine purpose behind them because there have been so many amazing coincidences in the finding and making of all of them.
I am just waiting to find out where it is all leading and said jokingly that maybe I would end up with a full set of persona dolls representing Betts and Neihart Profiles of the Gifted and Talented.

http://www.ingeniosus.net/archives/dr-george-betts-and-dr-maureen-neihart-share-revised-profiles-of-gifted

I am half way there.

Sprite is definitely an example of the 2E Profile.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/sprite-as-a-persona-doll/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/could-sprite-be-a-persona-doll/

Felicity is either an example of the Successful Profile or the Underground Profile.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/sprite-to-be/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/not-sprite-to-be-a-persona-in-her-own-right/

And Edward is a prime example of the Autonomous Learner Profile. Edward reads voraciously and can often be seen examining plants and insects with a magnifying glass. He loves science experiments. He is happy in his own skin and pursues his own learning at his own pace in his own distinct manner. It is very appropriate that he is wearing the ‘Do what is most sensible’ Brown Brogues. He would also be comfortable in the Investigative Grey Sneakers.

So now I need to create Vincent (Vince) the At Risk Profile graffiti artist, a Creative Profile character and either a Successful Profile or  an Underground Profile character.

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The Psych Owl Ogist 6

“Are you really sure that both the Tweetlets are gifted?” Tweet asked the Psych Owl Ogist. “They seem so different from each other!”

“Yes” reaffirmed  the Psych Owl Ogist  “They are both gifted. But Gifted is not a homogenous group!”
As David Harrison of Gifted and Creative Services Australia has said ‘Think of the IQ levels of the whole population as represented by a spiral galaxy. Most of the population would be congregated near the centre. Imagine that the rarer the IQ the further it is from the centre.  But there are many arms to the spiral and there are many other differences apart from IQ There are different areas of expertise and interest. And there are also many differences in character traits and different levels of intensity and sensitivity’

Levels of giftedness
Do you remember the Bell Curve of prevalence of IQ scores in the population?

There are different opinions about how the IQ scores relate to levels of giftedness and the prevalence in the population. You can find a discussion on Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page website at http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/highly_profoundly.htm

Here is one example from Prof Miraca Gross quoted in an article at
http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/policies/gats/assets/pdf/plk12gtlvls.pdf

Another way of looking at the different levels of giftedness is given by Dr Deborah Ruf in her Ruf Estimates™ of Levels of Gifted at  http://talentigniter.com/ruf-estimates 

Interests, passions, fields of expertise

Another source of differences in the gifted population is that, as you have already noticed with your Tweetlets, they have interests and abilities in different fields. We saw that in the different Competencies in Gagne’s DMGT model diagram.

And we can also see it in the differing ways of thinking and learning shown in Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Personality Types
As well as differences in levels of giftedness and areas of ability and specialization among the gifted population there are differences in personality type.

One of the ways of describing personality types is seen in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment  http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/

In fact George Betts and Maureen Neihart have compiled and recently revised Profiles of the Gifted and Talented
http://www.ingeniosus.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/PROFILES-BEST-REVISED-MATRIX-2010.pdf

My guess is that Tweetelle is has some attributes of the Successful Type and some of the Creative Type. Although she does seem to be keen to please and eager for approval, she is certainly highly creative and sensitive, can be highly emotional and is prepared to argue and stand up for her convictions.

Tweetil appears to be an Autonomous Learner. He is eager to learn the things he wants to know by doing it his own way. He is not afraid to experiment and take risks. Although we want them to become life long Autonomous Learners it does not necessarily make them easy to teach!”

“The main thing to remember is that the Tweetlets have asynchronous development. They are not typical of the majority of Tweetlets their age. You will probably find they meet some developmental milestones earlier and gain understanding of issues earlier than their age peers. For example you may have to discuss ‘the birds and the bees’ with them earlier.”

“Unless you have any further question that wraps up this session” said the Psych Owl Ogist. “But feel free to contact me again. It has been a hoot!”

The teachers’ lounge

The #gtstoogies lobby is set up as a teachers’ lounge for this week’s gathering after the only #gtchat session for this week which will be a session guest moderated by the wonderful twitterbrarian (or cyber librarian) Cybraryman, Jerry Blumengarten, on the topic What makes a Great Teacher of #gifted children?

Cybraryman has a webpage for everything and everything on its page! He facilitates and participates in many Twitter based education chat sessions and has a page which lists the numerous education chats at http://www.cybraryman.com/chats.html
He has a well stocked Gifted and Talented page at http://cybraryman.com/gifted2.html
Cybraryman has also often joined the #gtstoogies merriment and acted as our cyber DJ, choosing just the right music to suit the theme and mood of the occasion.

The Dabrowski Dogs are as eager as ever to participate in the #gtstoogies gathering and a selection of key books has been chosen for display on the bookshelf.

In case you have forgotten to bring your spectacles, here is a close up view of the pin board which includes the notice about this weeks’ #gtchat, a poster for New Zealand’s Gifted Education Centre GO  Gifted Online and The Bavarian Center for Gifted and Talented Children’s Gifted Education conferences in Second Life. There are pictures of Tim Dracup aka Gifted Phoenix as he appeared in Second Life and Dr George Betts presenting his Autonomous Learner Model at the most recent Second Life conference.
The next “Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education in Second Life”, 28th 2011 at 9 p.m. CEST.
Invited speaker is Margaret Keane from Ireland. Topic: “MissionV Pilot: Using virtual world technology for the support of high potential students.”