The Month of Maybe 2

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Here is an update on the status of the Month of Maybe after the first week as recorded by the Padlet sticky note wall http://padlet.com/wall/zbanwzr95y

So far I have scored three green completion ticks.

The Gifted Resources newsletter was prepared and sent out. It can be read online at http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/files/newsletter2013/grnewspdfmay1301.pdf

The Blog Hop post was written and can be read at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/gifted-homeschoolers-forum-bloggers-group-blog-hop-stealth-schooling/

I created two posters which can be used if suitable at the coming 20th Anniversary WCGTC World Conference 2013 http://worldgifted2013.org/  and learned how to provide a creative commons license for them and post them on Flickr in the Gifted Education photo quotes group http://www.flickr.com/groups/1680413@N20/

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In case explanation is needed:
Average riders would sit or maybe try standing on one horse
Bright ones at the top of the group could learn to Roman ride on two horses
Gifted ones, who are way beyond the top group, express the experience of their different rate and level of learning by Roman riding on two cheetahs
2E Twice Exceptional, who are both Gifted and have a learning difference or disability are trying to manage Roman riding on a cheetah and a tortoise at the same time

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Last weekend I bought three bookcases for the bungalow. Two of them were already assembled and have been set up. I have been able to put the contents of three of the old small bookcases into the two new ones and also to shelve the contents of two cardboard boxes of books that were sitting on the floor.
I have also continued with the work of cataloguing the Gifted Resources library.
So both of these tasks on the To Do list, although they do not yet have a completion tick beside them, at least have some progress to show on their progress level meters.

All the other tasks are still waiting to be done!

The Month of Maybe

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During the first week of each month the Facebook
Brilliant Chaos group http://www.facebook.com/groups/brilliantchaosonline/
issues a Creating Challenge. This month I have set myself the creating challenge ‘The Month of Maybe’ in which I will endeavour to do as many as possible of the things on my To Do List. I have made myself a Padlet sticky notes page at http://padlet.com/wall/zbanwzr95y for a graphic reminder.
I have scored one tick already. I prepared and sent out the Gifted Resources May newsletter. It can be read online at http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/files/newsletter2013/grnewspdfmay1301.pdf

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The Psych-Owl-Ogist listened intently to Retweet’s concerns about the earworm Tweetil had contracted after the visit of Trending and her tweetlets, Promoted Jnr and Popular.

“It seems to me you have a bigger problem than just an earworm” he said. “You remember when I told you https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/the-psych-owl-ogist-2/ how the higher the IQ was the smaller the percentage of the population it represented;
and that this could make it difficult for Tweetil and Tweetelle to fit in and that it was very likely that they would choose older tweetlets and adult Twitter birds for their friends. The problem they have with socializing with age peers is not related to your decision to continue with NEST Ed!”

“What you need to do is try to find some true peers for the tweetlets. I suggest that you join a parent support group or take some courses at the community centre in the subjects they love. You might also find some like-minds at the library, museum or planetarium.”

“For example” said the Psych-Owl-Ogist “when Owls who are interested in folk music want to meet others like them they go to a hootenanny!”

Often you can find great programs being held during the holidays. Humans can find information about holiday programs suitable for gifted children in the Gifted Resources Extension and Holiday Programs Newsletter.
The Autumn 2013 issue can be read at http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/files/newsletter2013/grnewsholidayapril13.pdf

Retweet was delighted to find that the Un-Olympics Bower was offering many interesting courses during their holiday program and that many bright eyed tweetlets of all ages had enrolled.

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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!

Getting the 2013 wheels turning

Bright and early on the First of January 2013 I received a number of the regular email newsletters and was so impressed at how well organised  all the groups, organizations and individuals were.

I should be sending out the Gifted Resources email newsletter. I am working on it! I have six pages worth of links and information in my For the Next News file. And I am busy updating the In Tray on the Gifted Resources website and contacting colleagues to see whether they have 2013 plans they would like to include in the newsletter.

But I am still in holiday mode. I am still playing games at Math Playground

Math playground
http://www.mathplayground.com/index.html

Logic games
http://www.mathplayground.com/logicgames.html

One of the games is SpiroMath http://www.mathplayground.com/Spiromath.html

So here is a collection of wheels created in SpiroMath to get things moving!

 

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.

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Sprite was reading the Gifted Resources Holiday Programs newsletter. 
“Can I go to a holiday program and could we go to the Aquarium and the Museum and the Planetarium and the Art Gallery and the Zoo and the Library this holiday, please?”
“That sounds like a lot of fun but I don’t think I will have time for us to do all those things”
“Why? Can’t you just make a background from a photo or a painting and then I can go there?” she asked.
“Yes, but it takes quite a long time to make each picture and I have to do other things as well.”
“What things?”
“I have to write the newsletters and work on the website and go to the office or to the city to meet people and I manage the library and help with some gifted programs. And I need to polish up the Feetspeak: 2E shoes presentation and plan my travel to Albury and Sydney.
Also I teach at Church school and write programs for them and paint windows,
And apart from that I have a family in real life; so I have to cook and clean and wash and iron for them.”
“Oh!” said Sprite. “I’m sorry – I didn’t realize”
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