The Finishing 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!

And today we reach The Finishing Post.

A post-it note on the signpost declares that the challenge has been completed successfully.

Beloved Snail is bringing Sprite a postcard from Sprite Doll and the other Persona Dolls over at Personas, profiles and portraits blog https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/  notifying her that they are celebrating the achievement of 10 posts on their blog with a tea party.
Retweet and Tweetelle are still enjoying the benefits of the GHF Blog Hop on the topic of parenting gifted and 2E children on a shoestring budget
And Postman Pedro Perez  is delivering a letter from Gifted Resources blog notifying of the completion of 10 posts and the announcement of the next challenge – InkTober.
He said that as Sprite had enjoyed making an International Dot Day poster she should attempt to create one drawing in Ink every day during the month of October.

Sprite has enjoyed participating in this challenge and would like to thank you so much for setting it up, Lisa.

This is the final 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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Best Australian Blogs 2014 Post 2

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Sprite’s Site has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/

The shiny Vote for Me Now button has arrived and been installed in the sidebar of the blog.

The Origami Secretary Bird is literally beside himself, having arranged for a copy of himself to be assembled, in order to cope with the extra organization required to keep the blog running smoothly as well as participate in the competition. He is grateful for Imaginational Dabrowski’s suggestion that the theme for this year should be ‘Along for the Ride’

If you would like to vote for Sprite’s Site (and Gifted Resources blog and as many other great Australian blogs as you wish) click on the badge in the sidebar of the blog and follow the link to the poll. Gifted Resources blog is on Page 2 and Sprite’s Site is on Page 4. Be sure to select all the blogs you wish to vote for as you will only be given one chance.

December memories 2

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The other task I had for the Memory Elephant was to help me sum up the past year 2013 as recorded on Sprite’s Site blog and the Gifted Resources blog

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Sprite’s Site
There were 90 posts on Sprite’s Site during 2013. Some of the highlights were

January 13 posts
Summing up 2012
Planning for 2013
January creating challenge Twitter Birds visit the Circus
The Pair O’Noids black hat thinkers arrive to worry about stuff

February 9 posts
February creating challenge Let’s go fly a kite
Moodle sandbox
When extended family don’t get giftedness
What Seth Godin doesn’t know about gifted people – 2 blog posts written in reply to a post on Seth Godin’s blog

March 14 posts
March creating challenge Luck
Homework
Socialization and Qualified to teach – posts about home schooling.
Best Australian Blogs 2013 nomination posts
Easter

April 14 posts
Best Australian Blogs 2013 nomination posts
GT chat Labels

May 9 posts
Best Australian Blogs 2013 nomination posts
The Month of Maybe
Stealth learning – a post in Gifted Homeschoolers Bloggers Forum Blog Hop
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Gifted Underachievers

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 blogs now have new addresses
Gifted Resources Blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/ 

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. Gifted Resources blog with only 50 plus posts was repaired fairly quickly but Sprite’s Site which celebrated its fourth birthday in June had over 600 posts and took much longer to clean up.

There were 0 blog posts in June.

July 1 post
Clean up complete

August 4 posts
The Twitter Stream – 4 posts about Twitter

September 2 posts
The Twitter Stream
CHAOS plan check

October 4 posts
Creating challenge – Spring
October creating challenge – finger painting
The Annual Lobby Lobster Fest
Halloween

November 1 post
Surviving the Christmas season- a post in Gifted Homeschoolers Bloggers Forum Blog Hop

December 28 posts
Christmas -28 posts relating to the Christmas celebration activities at Sprite’s Site

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Sprite’s New Site
Sprite’s New Site was set up as a completely independent on the Edublogs platform at http://jofrei5.edublogs.org/  in June and contains the main series from Sprite’s Site.
There were 23 posts on Sprite’s New Site

June 5 posts
Moving in and introducing the characters
Blog birthday celebrations

July 18 posts
2 posts about the Tweet family
6 posts about the Psychologist
10 posts about De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes

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Gifted Resources blog
There were 23 posts on Gifted Resources blog in 2013

January 5 posts
Planning for 2013
The new Gifted Resources Info Pack
Re cataloguing GR library

February 3 posts
Infographics
An answer for Penny Bentley
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

March 5 posts
Featured flyers

May 2 posts
Bright V Gifted V 2E
VAGTC conference

August 1 post
WCGTC conference

October 3 posts
2013 Reform symposium E-conference

November 4 posts
Global Education Conference 2013

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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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Clean Up Complete

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As you possibly know 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 blogs now have new addresses
Gifted Resources Blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/

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. Gifted Resources blog with only 50 plus posts was repaired fairly quickly but Sprite’s Site which celebrated its fourth birthday in June had over 600 posts and took much longer to clean up.

It also had a flow on effect to links to the blogs which I gave during webinars, Twitter chats and included in previous newsletters. These will probably not be remedied.

I would like to (again) thank all the wonderful techie people who gave advice and helped to sort it out. A huge thank you to Jamie Tarling, my techie guru, who spent many hours working on the problem!
And also thanks to William Grant, Rick Freitag, Phil Hart and Jo Hart for more tech helpful pointers and to all the friends who checked progress for me and kept me feeling encouraged especially Hilde Buys from Denmark, Mary St George from NZ and Lisa Conrad from USA

And I would also like to thank the Twitter birds who worked tirelessly to clean up Sprite’s Site and produce the correct links.

If you have bookmarked the blogs or included them in your blogroll please update your bookmarks.

Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 17: Afterwards 2

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“I thought you were coming back on Wednesday to have a celebration for the end of the  Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian blogs 2013 competition” Sprite said

“I’m sorry! I was held up writing a post about the VAGTC EmpowerED conference over on Gifted Resources blog” I said
http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/vagtc-empowered-for-giftedness-conference/
“It took longer than expected. But it is still Wednesday in some parts of the world”

“I decided to just order pizza” said Sprite.

Sneh Roy’s Cook Republic http://www.cookrepublic.com/ was the overall winner of the competition. The winners of all the categories are announced here http://www.writerscentre.com.au/bloggingcomp/2013competition.html

Congratulations to the winning blogs.

And a big thank you for all the support and kind wishes Sprite and company received from her readers. We hope you will keep on visiting.

Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 4: Interaction with other blogs and blog tours

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Sprite is keen to demonstrate the interaction that Sprite’s Site has with other blogs by participating in blog tours, leaving and receiving comments and mentions and inclusion in blogrolls.

Last August I received an email telling me that I needed to either close my other blog, Gifted Resources blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/  or update it to the newer format. I had neglected that blog as all my blogging energy has been poured into Sprite’s Site for the last few years.

My tech guru, Jamie Tarling, put in a lot of work to update the blog and transfer old posts into it. It was exciting to see the possible formats and themes on offer for the updated version. The picture in the blog header changes randomly from a selection of Gifted Resources pictures at each page refresh. http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/theres-life-in-the-old-blog-yet/

It meant that I was now ‘two-blog lady’ and had to divide my time between the two blogs. You can read about the reactions of the Sprite’s Site characters here
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/between-the-blogs/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/between-the-blogs-2/

Here is a round up of the posts on Spite’s Site and Gifted Resources blog during 2012 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/that-was-the-year-that-was-2012/

Sprite’s Site participated in blog tours, blog hops, blogathons etc including

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Calling all Bloggers: Sir Ken Robinson blogathon
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/beyond-our-ken-sprite-tries-to-fathom-the-nature-of-creativity/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/beyond-our-ken-sprite-tries-to-fathom-the-nature-of-creativity-part-2/

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What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People  – Answers to a blog post by Seth Godin organised by the Facebook group Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Bloggers Group
What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People: Goes the other way? I think not!
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/what-seth-godin-doesnt-understand-about-gifted-people-goes-the-other-way-i-think-not/

What Seth Godin Doesn’t Understand about Gifted People: Goes the other way? I think not! 2
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/what-seth-godin-doesnt-understand-about-gifted-people-goes-the-other-way-i-think-not-2/

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NZ Gifted Awareness Week Blog Tours

New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/gifted-awareness-week-new-zealand/

In 2012 I answered the call for posts and filled in TBA (To Be Advised) as the proposed topic for the post. I will be careful not to make that mistake again; as having said I would write about TBA I felt obligated to do so and ended up writing a series with a total of 7 posts for the blog tour.

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Gifted Awareness Week Namibia
The post Namibia, cheetahs and gifted students https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/namibia-cheetahs-and-gifted-students/  was written at the invitation of Roya Klingner from the Global Center for Gifted Education as a part of Gifted Education Awareness Week in Namibia.

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Hilde Buys from Denmark picked up my post Reading to dogs https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/reading-to-dogs/ and commented on it on her 2E Dansk blog http://2e-giftedogdiagnose.blogspot.com.au/
in a post titled ‘Læsning til hunden med Sprite og 2e-footsteps’  at http://2e-giftedogdiagnose.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/lsning-med-sprite.html
I wrote about Sprite’s visit to Denmark  at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/sprite-in-denmark/

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A set of posters about Creativity was created for
International Week of Giftedness 2012/International Year of Giftedness and Creativity 2013 blogtour at http://iygc.wordpress.com/
at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/be-creative-with-the-dabrowski-dogs/

Inclusion in Blogrolls and mentions in posts on blogs and commenting on blog posts.

Sprite’s Site enjoys excellent relations with many blogs and provides commentary and links to posts on them and is quoted and linked to in their posts.
Some of the main blogs which Sprite connects with are:

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Jo Hart’s E-verything blog
http://johart1.edublogs.org/?s=Jo+Freitag

Lisa Conrad’s Gifted Parenting Support
http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com.au/

Global #gtchat powered by TAGT blog
http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/?s=Sprite%27s+Site

http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/?s=Jo+Freitag

http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/?s=Gifted+Resources

VOTE FOR SPRITE’S SITE

Vote for Sprite’s Site (and as many other great Australian blogs as you like) by clicking on the Vote for Me button in the sidebar of the blog. But you can only vote once: so be sure to make the vote count. Sprite’s Site is on Page 4 O-S.

If you have entered Sprite’s Site by following a link to a specific post you will need to click on the title on the blue Sprite’s Site header to see the sidebar.

Jo’s CHAOS Plan 2

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C-Creation:

What exactly do you want to love into existence?

I am going to use this challenge (see https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/jos-chaos-plan/ ) as an opportunity to consider the 2013 version of Gifted Resources, Sprite’s Site and my personal life– which in some cases means continuing with services and activities in their present form and in other cases means revising, updating or discontinuing them or creating something completely new.

H-How:

How will you know you’ve accomplished it? What kind of parameters do you need to complete your creation?
Using my image ‘Getting the 2013 wheels turning as an idea starter I will regard each activity as a separate wheel and  will be considering the activities individually with the help of mind mapping and then posting the resulting thoughts as blog posts

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Gifted Resources will continue to engage in project  work with Borderlands  http://www.borderlands.org.au/
The main foundation of Gifted Resources is the website http://www.giftedresources.org/  I intend to leave the website very much as it is but to update it as needed. Some sections need a complete revision, some just need updating and some need all the links to be checked and made to open in new windows.  Possibly a shopping cart may be added in future – I am still considering this.

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The other main activities of Gifted Resources are the monthly email newsletters and the four Holiday Programs newsletters. I will continue to produce these.
At present the newsletters are sent as a PDF attachment to regular emails and are also posted on the Gifted Resources website. The most recent edition can be read by following a link on the main page and back copies can be read in the Newsletter Archives http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/newsletter.htm

I may consider changing the form of the newsletter as I have seen some very attractive templates for email newsletter which are not sent as an attachment.

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For many years now I have been compiling the Gifted Resources Information Pack.
See http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/infopacks.htm

It is a collection of brochures, pamphlets, articles and business cards from psychologists, education consultants, parent support groups and extension programs and information about conferences and events relating to giftedness and to gifted and twice exceptional students.
The contents of the pack vary from time to time to reflect the currency and availability of the information. Although most providers now have websites and publish their information digitally, the Information Pack collection of hard copy flyers is still useful in many circumstances.

I am currently compiling the 2013 Info Pack

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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.

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Presentations can be given in person or in the form of webinars or Skype sessions
Last year I gave presentations for Jo Hart’s Fine Focus webinars http://johart1.edublogs.org/?s=Jo+Freitag  using Blackboard Collaborate and hope to do so again this year.

I will be talking to a group of parents at Village School in March and would like to give other in person presentations during the year.

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Last year I presented a Film Discussion on the film The Incredibles to a Lunch n Learn Group in Texas using Skype
It worked well. The Skype connection was so good that I felt as if I were in the room with the participants. I would be happy to do more Film Discussions in that way.
Also as I have 3 plastic crates filled with Film Discussion kits another option would be to add the kits to the Gifted Resources Library collection and groups can borrow a kit to facilitate holding their own Film Discussion.

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I am in the process of re-cataloguing the Gifted Resources library
When the re-cataloguing is complete the Library page can be restored to the Gifted Resources website.

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In August 2012 I received an email telling me that I needed to either close the Gifted Resources blog or update it to the newer format. My tech guru, Jamie Tarling, put in a lot of work to update the blog and transfer old posts into it.
Since then I have posted reviews of books, programs, conferences, webinars etc to the Gifted Resources blog and I will continue to use it the same way in 2013.
At present I am reading three books published by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum and hope to post a review soon.

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Sprite’s Site blog  has the theme of Giftedness and 2E Twice Exceptional issues
In About the Topics you can read about the issues that have been discussed
The About Sprite page  describes the main theme of the blog.
Sprite is the twice exceptional (gifted with a learning difficulty or difference) cartoon character who is the Poster Child to illustrate Jo Freitag’s Feetspeak: 2E shoes presentations.
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.
Sprite is always depicted as having an injured left ankle and needing to wear different shoes on each foot to illustrate the concept that she needs different educational provisions for both her giftedness and her disability.
The About the Characters page describes the other characters you will meet on the blog.

I enjoy posting to Sprite’s Site as it gives plenty of scope for imagination and creativity as well as being able to present facts and opinions in a narrative form.

I would love to be able to produce books or e-books about the Sprite’s Site characters.
Last Christmas I gave mouse pads with the Twitter Bird bowers printed on them as gifts to some techie friends and I can imagine Twitter birds adorning mugs etc.

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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.
I will consider possible expansion of participation in these areas – perhaps a Gifted Resources Facebook page or revisiting my Linked In profile which I set up but have not used.

I also belong to a couple of NING communities and should visit them more often.

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There is always so much to learn!

There are conferences in real life.
I will be attending the VAGTC EmpowerEd conference in April.
http://www.vagtc.asn.au/empowered-for-giftedness
Local libraries and groups offer real life opportunities.

MOOCs, webinars, global education conferences and many others offer so many online opportunities.
At the end of 2012 I participated in an online course about Digital Badges  which led to Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/ and several other sources of self education which I would like to pursue if I have the necessary time, energy and ability.
At the moment I am trying to learn about creating computer games at Gamestar Mechanic  and programming with Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/

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This is an area which gives me so much satisfaction and happiness.
I will continue to 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/

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Regarding my personal life –  this year we will be celebrating 40 years of marriage.
I am enjoying the quiet pace of life in Rosebud and would like to continue to walk on the beach and appreciate the many species of birds that visit the garden.
In the past I have been very involved with writing and teaching church Sunday School programs and I have several plastic tubs of programs which I have written over the years which I would like to turn into online programs.  The church we are currently attending does not have a children’s program at the moment .

You can see on the mind map the purple dotted lines and text. These are the Wish lists or Possible? to do lists. They are the maybe I could?s . They are the What if…?
They are the Perhaps and the Imaginational Dabrowski says…. Lists
But it sounds more lofty and official to call them Aspirations!

That was the year that was 2012

Many of my colleagues and friends have posted excellent reviews of their activities and experiences during 2012 on their blogs.

Tim Dracup aka Gifted Phoenix compiled an awe inspiring review at http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/gifted-phoenix-2012-review-and-retrospective/

And Jen Merrill from Laughing at Chaos summed up her year with reflections at http://laughingatchaos.com/2012/12/29/reflection-not-just-for-a-mountain-lake/

I was hoping to post yesterday about the things we had done on Sprite’s Site and the Gifted Resources blog during 2012.

But the Memory Elephant returned from Memory Elephants Day rather too mellow and laid back and not at all inclined to put in the hard work of remembering and insisted on viewing the memories the Twitter Birds had recorded of memory Elephants Day before commencing any work.
(The Twitter Birds had taken photos and made recordings of the event so that the Memory Elephants would not have to remember the fun they had on their day off but would still have some memoirs to keep)

“What did the Memory Elephants do on Memory Elephant day?” I asked.

“Just elephanty sort of things -they trumpeted and ate lots and had dust baths and squirted each other with water” One Twitter Bird said “But I don’t have a clue what they were saying because I could not find a translation tool that could handle Memory Elephant to Twitter Bird!”

“That is really strange – seeing pictures of things you did and don’t remember doing!” said the Memory Elephant.

Eventually, towards the end of the day the Memory Elephant produced this summary of the blog posts on Sprite’s Site and Gifted Resources Blog

There were 154 posts on Sprite’s Site during 2012. Some of the main highlights were

January   5 posts

Move to Rosebud https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/report-from-rosebud/

February   3 posts

Valentines Day   Keeping calendars and Filing memories

March   15 posts

More filing memories and settling in to Rosebud https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/filing-memories-2/

Return of #Gtchat https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/gt-chat-is-back/

Best Australian blogs nomination https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/best-australian-blogs-2012/

Birth of Tweetil and Tweetelle – start of Tweet family series about parenting gifted children https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/tweet-family/

Book review Gifted and thriving at school by Derrin Cramer https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/gifted-and-thriving-at-school/

Gifted Awareness week in Namibia https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/namibia-cheetahs-and-gifted-students/

April   19 posts

April Fools Day prank https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/what-happens-if-you-swallow-a-wormhole/ and https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/what-happens-if-you-swallow-a-wormhole-2/

Continuation of Best Australian blogs and Tweet family series – the Tweet family begin NEST Ed and encounters problems caused by the asynchronous development of the Tweetlets

Reading to dogs https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/reading-to-dogs/

Sprite in Denmark https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/sprite-in-denmark/

May   41 posts

Continuation of Best Australian blogs and Tweet family series

Tweetelle becomes a seedetarian  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/tweetelle-becomes-a-seedetarian/

We meet the Psych-Owl-Ogist  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/psych-owl-ogist/

And The Twitter birds went A-May-ing https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/a-may-ing/

June   18 posts

Blog birthday

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/blog-birthday-4/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/preparing-for-the-blog-birthday-party/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/happy-blog-birthday/

Language Garden review https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/language-garden/

Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented students https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/in-the-news/

Gifted Awareness Week New Zealand Seven posts on the topic TBA  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/gifted-awareness-week-new-zealand/

And a discussion of the Birds and the Bees in the Tweet family nest https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/the-birds-and-the-bees/

July   10 posts

Critical thinking https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/critical-thinking/

The Finding the Right Flock series about choosing a school for gifted children

Advocacy https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/advocacy/

The Twitter Bird Un-Olympics Bower series https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/un-olympics-bower/

August   7 posts

Creation is to Creator as … https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/creator-is-to-creation-is-as/

Between the Blogs https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/between-the-blogs/ and https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/between-the-blogs-2/

Continuation of Finding the Right Flock

Advocacy 2 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/advocacy-2/

Be Creative with the Dabrowski Dogs  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/be-creative-with-the-dabrowski-dogs/

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

September   11 posts

De Bono’s 6 Action shoes series  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/debono-6-action-shoes/

The meeting (link between Advocacy series and De Bono’s 6 Action shoes series) https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/the-meeting/

Creativity challenge about Patterns and sketching https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/creating-challenge/

Overprikkelbaar  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/overprikkelbaar/

October   9 posts

Declining the table  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/declining-the-table/

Halloween and the Annual Lobby Lobster Fest  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/combined-celebrations/

Continuation of De Bono’s 6 Action shoes series

Fine Focus webinar  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/fine-focus-webinar/

Cuckoos in the Nest  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/cuckoos-in-the-nest/

November   6 posts

November activities  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/and-theyre-racing/

Global Education Conference  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/global-eduction-conference/

Fine focus Webinar Part 2  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/fine-focus-webinar-part-2/

December   10 posts

#gtchat goes to TAGT12 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/gtchat-goes-to-tagt/

Digital badges  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/digital-badges/

Christmas greetings https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/christmas-greetings-from-all-at-sprites-site/

Memory Elephants Day 30 December  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/memory-elephants-day-30-december/

Gifted Resources Blog
August

I August I received an email telling me that I needed to either close the Gifted Resources blog or update it to the newer format My tech guru, Jamie Tarling, put in a lot of work to update the blog and transfer old posts into it.

There’s life in the old blog yet
 http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/theres-life-in-the-old-blog-yet/

Beginners Guide to Life on the Bright Side review
 http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/beginners-guide-to-life-on-the-bright-side/

Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students
 http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/victorian-parliamentary-inquiry-into-the-education-of-gifted-and-talented-students/

September

Doc Sykes Psycho-Educational Resource  DVD
http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/doc-sykes-psycho-educational-resource-dvd/

Virtually attending the ECHA Conference
http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/virtually-attending-the-echa-conference/

October

Mindjet Mind Manager
http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/mindjet-mindmanager/

Fine Focus Webinar
 http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/fine-focus-webinar/

Living with ANTs review
http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/living-with-ants/

GT Chat
 http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/gt-chat/

Let the Tall Poppies Flourish
http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/let-the-tall-poppies-flourish/

November
Re-cataloguing the Gifted Resources Library
http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/re-cataloguing-the-gifted-resources-library/

GT Chat goes to TAGT 12
http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/gt-chat-goes-to-tagt-12/

Fine Focus Webinar Part 2
http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/fine-focus-webinar-part-2/

Global Ed Con 12
http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/globaledcon-12/

Skype Film Discussion
 http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/skype-film-discussion/

November

Susan Fisher’s dream classroom
 http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/susan-fishers-dream-classroom/

“And now” said the Memory Elephant “I am taking Angus McTvitter to celebrate New Years and watch the fireworks. It is going to be a night to remember!”

Overprikkelbaar!

I went back to Sprite’s Site confident that Intellectual Dabrowski would approve of the fact that I had finished reading Derrin Cramer’s excellent book Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side and posted a review on Gifted Resources Blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/beginners-guide-to-life-on-the-bright-side/

However Intellectual was not particularly impressed.
His only comment was “About time too!
You need to get up to the school straight away to talk about Sprite’s needs. There have been staffing changes. Some of her favourite teachers have gone. Some of the support programs are not being funded now. The provisions for the gifted students have been cut right back too. I am helping her all I can; but all this compensating is really tiring work!”

And it is not just me saying that. Dr Linda Silverman has written an article titled The Two-Edged Sword of Compensation: How the Gifted Cope with Learning Difficulties” http://www.gifteddevelopment.com/PDF_files/Two-edged%20sword%20of%20compensation.pdf

Intellectual was overseeing Sprite’s homework and sighing with exasperation.
“Look at what you have written.

“It should be Rob Head, the artist, has painted 9 steps in the background of the picture. If I were the artist I would paint animals on the steps.

You need the commas after Head and artist because they are nouns in apposition.
It should be ‘If I were’ because it is in the subjunctive.
The artist’s name is Rob Head and why did you write six when I told you it was nine?

Do I have to go right back to ‘a bat and a ball and a dog with a tail’ and ‘keep the cushions on the bed’?”

Sprite sighed too. “I do appreciate Intellectual’s help” she said “But I do wish he would not be so harsh and dogmatic and patronising when he talks to me!”

“When he gets too picky and pushy you could call him by his Dutch name” I said and whispered it into Sprite’s ear.

Sprite giggled with delight. “Overprikkelbaar! Overprikkelbaar!” she said to Intellectual.

“Yes, yes, very funny!” muttered Intellectual. ” Too easily irritated! I know the Dutch people use that name.

Why do you think Emotional went to the P Party https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/p-party/ dressed as a Prickly Porcupine?

And, for that matter, why do you think Imaginational thinks he is a Baa-Lamb?”