Asking for Help – A Guest Expert Panel Q&A session

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The Hoagies’ Gifted Blog Hop for October 2015 looks at How and When to Ask For Help
www.HoagiesGifted.org/blog_hop_asking_for_help.htm

Who can help gifted and 2E students and how and when should we seek help?
From school administrators, teachers and coaches, mentors and leaders? From counsellors or therapists? From state &/or federal government? From humankind? From the Universe? From family and friends and other members of the gifted community? Who helps or has helped you and how? How did you seek them or reach them or find them? What difference did it make?

To address these questions we have assembled a panel of experts from Sprite’s Site.
Paula, the Physicist, will answer questions about the role of a mentor.
Dr. Ed Needs, the Education Consultant, will be joining the session via Skype.
Columbus Cheetah will speak about the myths surrounding gifted and 2E students.
The Psych-Owl-Ogist will address issues relating to identification and testing and social/emotional issues.
Twitter Bird Retweet, mother of gifted tweetlets, will speak about the support available from Parent Support Groups.
A representative from the government was invited but sent a note of apology and referred the audience to their website.
Intellectual Dabrowski was not one of the invited experts but offered to share his extensive knowledge.

The format will be Question and Answer to preselected questions.
At the end of the session the audience will have an opportunity to ask their questions in the Comments section at the end of this post.

Question 1: How can you identify gifted students and where can you go for testing?
Psych-Owl-Ogist: There are checklists which can be completed by teachers and parents and various other ways of recording observations which can help to identify gifted students.
However if you need an I.Q. test administered you need to find a psychologist or education consultant who is qualified and registered to administer the test. And it is important to choose a person who specialises in working with gifted people.
The main tests are the Stanford Binet and the WISC. For articles and discussions about the comparisons between these and other tests see http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/identification.htm 
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/testing.htm

Dr Ed Needs: Some education consultants are also qualified and registered to administer these tests as well as academic achievement level testing. They can also give testing to show areas of strength/weakness and detect possible learning difficulties and give the necessary recommendations, therapy and support.

Intellectual Dabrowski: If you are looking for psychologists and education consultants in Australia who have a special interest in giftedness see Gifted Resources list at http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/psychedcons.htm

Question 2 (To Retweet): Where have you found helpful advice for raising your gifted tweetlets?

Retweet: The Psych-Owl-Ogist tested the tweetlets and gave us helpful advice about social emotional issues. And he helped us work through decisions about our parenting.
I have also found that joining a parent support group for parents of gifted tweetlets has been helpful because I am able to discuss things with those parents which most of my friends and even some of the members of our extended family do not understand.
Since we decided to continue NEST Ed rather than sending the tweetlets to fly with the local flock we have found much helpful information from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
and from the local NEST Ed group.

Intellectual Dabrowski: For more information about Parenting and Parent Groups see
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/parenting.htm
http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com.au/

Question 3: I have been told that acceleration is harmful for gifted students. What does the panel think about this?

Columbus Cheetah: I will answer that question. It is one of the myths about giftedness that acceleration is harmful for gifted students. I discuss this and other myths about giftedness on Gifted Resources website at http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/columbuscheetah.htm

Intellectual Dabrowski: For more information about Acceleration and the Iowa Acceleration Scales see http://www.accelerationinstitute.org/
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/acceleration.htm
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/blog_hop_acceleration.htm

Question 4 (To Paula): Paula, you are a Physicist and a Mentor for Sprite. How are you able to assist Sprite in your role as mentor?

Paula: Like Sprite I am twice exceptional. I have overcome the same learning difficulties that Sprite has and have earned tertiary degrees. I also share a love of astronomy with Sprite. So I am able to relate to her and understand her areas of interest and the struggles she has. Often I can offer advice from my own experience. Also I am a person who is not her parent or teacher so sometimes she finds it easier to confide in me.
As a 2E student Sprite sometimes needs special provisions, accommodations or concessions but is often embarrassed by the need to ask for help.
I know that Sprite finds it difficult to ask for help and I am encouraging her to ask for and accept the help she needs. I am also trying to help her overcome the negative effects of perfectionism while retaining the positive aspects of it

Intellectual Dabrowski: More information about mentors  http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/mentors.htm 

Question 5 (To all panel members): Do you have a role as an advocate to help the gifted?
Paula: Whenever you speak up to increase awareness or explain issues you are acting as an advocate. Sometimes I speak to groups such as this about the characteristics and social emotional issues associated with gifted and 2E students and my role as a mentor.

Dr Ed Needs: I advocate for gifted and 2E students by giving recommendations for the educational provisions they need. Sometimes this involves being present as an advocate for the student during parent/teacher meetings. I also speak at conferences and write articles which are widely distributed.
One of the most important ways I act as an advocate is by giving parents and guardians the information, support and encouragement they need to advocate for their children.
And I also encourage the students to advocate for themselves and request the provisions they need in a respectful manner.

Columbus Cheetah: I act as a Myth Buster and as an advocate for acceleration, appropriate education in terms of pace, level, depth and breadth and for time spent with true peers rather than age peers.

Psych-Owl-Ogist: My advocacy is very similar in form to that of my esteemed colleague Dr Ed Needs.

Retweet: I allow my story to be told in the hope that it will help others who are in the same situation as me.

Intellectual Dabrowski: For more information about advocacy read

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/advocacy-just-ask-sprite-and-co/

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

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

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/blog_hop_gifted_advocacy.htm

This is a post for the Hoagies’ Gifted Blog Hop for October 2015 How and When to Ask For Help.

To read more about this topic please visit
www.HoagiesGifted.org/blog_hop_asking_for_help.htm

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Changing the way you see us

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New Zealand’s Gifted Awareness Week 2015 takes place on 15-21 June 2015 http://giftednz.org.nz/resources/gifted-awareness-week/

Once again Mary St George is organizing a blog tour 8-21 June to mark the occasion
https://creatingcurriculum.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/announcing-the-nzgaw-blog-tour-2015/

The Origami Secretary Bird had seen the memo I had written about the blog tour and had summoned all of the Sprite’s Site folk to gather opinions.

“I understand that ‘Changing the way you see us’ will be the theme of the week “the Origami Secretary bird told them.

Psycho Motor Dabrowski stopped bouncing for long enough to ask “Who is you and who is us?”

“I surmise” intoned Intellectual Dabrowski “that Us refers to gifted and twice exceptional students and You refers to teachers, parents, politicians and the general public.”

“I would like to proffer this piece of wisdom” Intellectual continued “To paraphrase Robert Burns
O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
Or so much better, if by spells
Others see us as we see oursels”

“That is all very well if you have good self-esteem and are contented with the way you see yourself” said little Thinks He’s An Alien Black Dog. “But it is bad enough if I see myself as an alien without everybody in general seeing me as an alien too.”

“He does make a good point” said Columbus Cheetah “It is probably more helpful to show what gifted and twice exceptional students are really like and to dispel the myths which most people have about them. This has been a major focus of my work and you can find my Myth Busting Efforts on Gifted Resources website at http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/columbuscheetah.htm

“We usually go down to the beach and wave to New Zealand during their Gifted Awareness Week” said the Memory Elephant, showing the pictorial memories of all the previous years.

“Are we going to do that again this year and, if so, how could it be related to the theme?”

“Oh yes, yes, Frisbees and kites with messages on them” barked Psycho Motor.

“Or messages in bottles It makes people feel all warm and fuzzy to get a message in a bottle” said Emotional Dabrowski.

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“I think having gifted and 2E students telling their own story or having their story told is a really powerful way of changing the way people see them” said Sprite. “That is why I don’t mind you writing about me on the blog – though sometimes I wish would not show my faults and embarrassing moments!”

I certainly enjoy telling the story of the 2E Twice exceptional Sprite  and I found, when I was considering whether she was a suitable candidate for being made into a Persona Doll, that over the years I have drawn quite a detailed description of her.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/could-sprite-be-a-persona-doll/

I also consider it effective to tell the stories and investigate the needs of many different types of gifted student using Persona Dolls. https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/

The three webinars I have presented about them should contribute somewhat to changing the way people see and understand gifted and twice exceptional students.

Information about these webinars and links to the recordings of the sessions can be found at
https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/ozelive-webinar/
https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/australia-e-series-tech-talk-tuesdays-webinar/
https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/australia-e-series-tech-talk-tuesdays-webinar-part-2/

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Websites such as Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/ and Gifted Homeschoolers Form http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/  provide information about gifted and 2E students and links to resources and also conduct monthly blog tours on specific aspects of giftedness

Social media
Facebook groups such as Mary’s Gifted Contacts
Twitter chats such as #gtchat http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/
webinars, Vlogs, podcasts Livebinders, Slideshares
can all be very helpful in raising awareness about gifted and 2E students.

I was really delighted to receive this comment on Facebook after Gail Poulin, a dynamic teacher from the U.S., had attended a presentation I gave using Blackboard Collaborate for Jo Hart’s Fine Focus webinar series http://johart1.edublogs.org/about-edublogs-serendipityfine-focus-webinars/

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So here we are again for the fifth time going down to the beach to wave across the water to New Zealand and wish them all the very best for a wonderful and productive Gifted Awareness Week while the Persona Dolls watch on the laptop.
Emotional Dabrowski is sending a warm fuzzy message in a bottle. The Memory Elephant is sending greetings on a helium balloon. Tweetil is attempting to catapult his lucky acorn across ‘the ditch’.
Wishing you success with changing the way people see the gifted!

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To read about Sprite’s Site’s participation in previous NZ Gifted Awareness Week blog tours see the posts at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/gifted-awareness-week-new-zealand/

This is a post for the New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week blog tour. To read the other posts on the tour go to http://giftededucation.ultranet.school.nz/WebSpace/1286/

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Gifted – How?

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Psycho Motor Dabrowski had interrupted our discussion about Animal Farm to remind me that I should write a blog post on the topic ‘Gifted – How?’ for the Hoagiesgifted September blog hop.

“Some people say that everyone is gifted in some way. Do you think that is true?” Sprite asked me.

“Some people tend to confuse the term gifted (which means an IQ above a certain level and the related heightened intensity) with being unique or special.” I said

Yes, everyone is unique and special, precious and of equal worth. Everyone has areas of strength and ability and attributes which some people would call gifts or talents.

But NO, everyone is NOT gifted in the sense of the word as we use it here on the blog!

I could see that Columbus Cheetah was eager to share his myth busting efforts with us and he pointed to a collection of his cheetah logic at http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/columbuscheetah.htm

“But what about when people say something like Psycho Motor is gifted at bouncing?” asked Sprite.

“I would say that Psycho Motor has a talent for bouncing but that is not what makes him gifted” I said

The terms gifts and talents are used in different ways according to the definition being quoted.

Prof Francoys Gagne’s DMGT model speaks of Giftedness as innate abilities in a number  of different Domains which can be transformed into fully developed Talent if circumstances are favourable.

The Psych Owl Ogist talks about being gifted in different ways at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/the-psych-owl-ogist-6/

You can read more about Definitions of Giftedness on Hoagies Gifted Education pages at http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/ 

This post is part of the Hoagiesgifted September Blog hop. Gifted, How?
The different faces of giftedness. The creative gifted, the math gifted, the chess kid, the 2e child, the introvert, etc. All gifted kids (and adults) don’t all look alike!  What does the face of giftedness look like to you?
Links to all the posts in the blog hop can be found at  www.hoagiesgifted.org/blog_hop_gifted_how.htm

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Columbus Cheetah, Myth Buster – Myth 6

In line with his New Year resolution, that in 2014 he will increase his efforts to bust the myths surrounding giftedness and advocate for acceleration and ability grouping opportunities for gifted students, and in preparation for a webinar and Global GT chat on Twitter for the next two weeks, Columbus Cheetah is updating his myth busting presentations.

Columbus Cheetah’s discussion of the myths surrounding giftedness are based in his own brand of cheetah logic and the wonderful analogy of the cheetah to the gifted person given in Stephanie Tolan’s wonderful article ‘Is it a Cheetah?’
http://www.stephanietolan.com/is_it_a_cheetah.htm

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This is a myth which particularly concerns Columbus Cheetah.
It is used to argue against accelerating gifted students on the grounds that either
a) it will be detrimental to the flow of the student’s learning or
b) it will have negative social effects on the student

Columbus Cheetah is very eager to advocate for gifted students to be able to learn at a suitable LEVEL and PACE and to have the opportunity to spend time with their TRUE PEERS who may not be the same age as themselves.

Acceleration is an educational intervention that moves students through an educational program at a faster than usual rate or younger than typical age.
Acceleration means matching the level, complexity and pace of the curriculum with the readiness and motivation of the student.

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In order for students to be engaged in their learning it is important to pitch the teaching at what Dr Katherine Hoekman would call ‘the eyebrow wrinkle level’ of challenge – possible to attain with effort – but neither impossibly difficult nor far too easy.
http://www.positivedisintegration.com/Hoekman1999.pdf

Professor Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi’s work, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, notes that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow when they are completely absorbed in the activity at hand and nothing else seems to matter. For the state of flow to occur the challenge of the task and the ability of the performer need to be matched. The task should be neither too easy nor much too difficult.
You can listen to the TED talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow.html

For gifted students to find that eyebrow crinkle level or state of flow they may need to be given acceleration.

This could take the form of early entry, year or stage level advancement, subject level advancement, dual enrolment, curriculum compacting or telescoping, correspondence courses or extra-curricular programs or mentoring.

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Regarding pace Columbus Cheetah says this myth can be busted using similar methods of observation of the cheetah’s running gait, physics and common sense as were used for busting Myth 5.

The cheetah is the world’s fastest land mammal. It can accelerate from zero to 40 mph in three strides and to full speed of 70 mph in three seconds. As the cheetah runs, only one foot at a time touches the ground. There are two points, in its 20 to 25 foot (7-8 metres) stride when no feet touch the ground, as they are fully extended and then totally doubled up. Nearing full speed, the cheetah is running at about 3 strides per second

Slow motion of cheetah running from National Geographic
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com.au/animals/mammals/cheetah/

Note those two points when the cheetah has no feet touching the ground.
Not only do gifted students learn at a faster pace they also often make great leaps in understanding by seeing the implications of the facts or by associating knowledge from several fields

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One of the main concerns about acceleration is that the student could
have social problems because of being with a group of older students.

Dr Karen Rogers says “Gifted and talented students should spend the majority of
their school day with others of similar abilities and interests”

And Prof Miraca Gross emphasises the importance of finding a true friend who
can be a sure shelter and share at a deep level and that the likeliness of this
happening is greater if the student has been accelerated http://www.sengifted.org/archives/articles/play-partner-or-sure-shelter-what-gifted-children-look-for-in-friendship

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If there is doubt about whether a student is a suitable candidate for acceleration working through the Iowa Acceleration Scales will give a helpful conservative indicator score.

Iowa Acceleration Scale Manual: A Guide for Whole –Grade Acceleration K-8
The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
Susan Assouline Ph.D., Nicholas Colangelo Ph.D., Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik Ph.D., Jonathan Lipscomb B.A., Leslie Forstadt B.A
Published by Great Potential Press
http://www.accelerationinstitute.org/Resources/IAS.aspx

You can read more about acceleration at
http://www.templeton.org/pdfs/funding_areas/10112_Final_Rpt_Bibliography.pdf

Hoagies Gifted Education Page http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/acceleration.htm

Policy and implementation strategies for the education of gifted and talented students
http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/policies/gats/assets/pdf/polsuppacc.pdf

New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week 2012 – TBA Post 4 Part 2

I am very happy to be participating in the New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week blog tour again this year.
For news of the events to be held during New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week 2012 see http://www.giftednz.org.nz/awareness.html
and for links to all the posts for the blog tour see http://ultranet.giftededucation.org.nz/WebSpace/696/

This is Part 2 of my post on the topic TBA

While Echidna and Kiwi were inspecting Sally-Anne McCormack’s book Stomp out the ANTs Columbus Cheetah took the opportunity to present me with information in the form of Books (B) and Articles (A) about the giftedness related topic closest to his heart – Acceleration (A)

Columbus Cheetah’s choice Books
Radical Acceleration of Highly Gifted Children: An annotated bibliography of international research on highly gifted children who graduate from high school three or more years early by Miraca U.M. Gross PhD and Helen E. van Vliet MBBS M.Teach. Supported by a 2001 grant from the John Templeton Foundation
Published by Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.

Twitter Bird link find of the complete book as a PDF file http://www.templeton.org/pdfs/funding_areas/10112_Final_Rpt_Bibliography.pdf

Iowa Acceleration Scale Manual: A Guide for Whole –Grade Acceleration K-8
The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
Susan Assouline Ph.D., Nicholas Colangelo Ph.D., Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik Ph.D., Jonathan Lipscomb B.A., Leslie Forstadt B.A
Published by Great Potential Press
http://www.accelerationinstitute.org/Resources/IAS.aspx

Columbus Cheetah’s favourite articles about Acceleration included several by Lynne Mackenzie-Sykes which he found in the files of articles and the collections of conference handouts in the Gifted Resources library.

Acceleration: an expanded vision c. 1996 Lynne Mackenzie-Sykes

Acceleration: Real-life perspectives Presented to The 12th World Conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children – Connecting the Gifted Community Worldwide Seattle, Washington July 29- August 2, 1997

Acceleration: Real-life perspectives Presented to Maroondah Gifted Children’s Parents’ Assoc on Tuesday 10 October 2000

The Twitter Birds found this one online
http://www.world-gifted.org/sites/default/files/wg-21(1).pdf

I also found a photo of Jennifer Grant reading those articles when she was considering the education of the eldest of her children. Jennifer now speaks to parents and teachers about ‘The Advocacy Journey’ which covers the provisions used for meeting the needs of her exceptionally gifted children ranging from early entry, through enrichment, enhancement and extension to acceleration, radical acceleration, dual enrolment, gifted programs and holiday programs, outside school activities and groups such as choirs and scout groups.

The Twitter Birds found great collections of articles about acceleration at

Les Links Livebinders http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=218888
Hoagies Gifted Education Page http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/acceleration.htm

Having presented his selection of resources, Columbus Cheetah was eager to move on.
“Can we go down to the beach and wave now?” he asked
I will admit the idea was very tempting; but Intellectual Dabrowski was giving me the working dog stare and reminding me of the text which I had read only a few hours before
It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfil it. Ecclesiastes 5:5 (NIV)
“Not yet” I said “I still have to write about Twice Exceptional Gifted Students. That will be the theme of the next post.”

New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week 2012 – TBA Post 4 Part 1

I am very happy to be participating in the New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week blog tour again this year.
For news of the events to be held during New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week 2012 see http://www.giftednz.org.nz/awareness.html
and for links to all the posts for the blog tour see http://ultranet.giftededucation.org.nz/WebSpace/696/

For last year’s blog post I sent a greeting and good wishes for a successful  and enjoyable week by posting a picture of some of the characters from Sprite’s Site waving ‘across the ditch’ to New Zealand and described the information which could be found on Gifted Resources website and Sprite’s Site blog.

This year when booking my place on the blog tour I wrote that my topic would be TBA – that is To Be Advised. However I decided that I would really write on the theme TBA and you may have been following the progress of my planning with the “help” of the characters from Sprite’s Site in my recent posts. Kiwi from New Zealand and Echidna from Australia were going to make selections from the books and articles in the Gifted Resources library and the Twitter Birds were to bring me links to websites.

So my plan is to point toward some helpful resources such as Books (B) and Articles (A) on the topics of Acceleration (A) and Teaching Gifted Students and 2E Twice Exceptional Students (T) and give some links to Australian and New Zealand national and state Associations (A) for the gifted.

Books about Teaching Gifted Students

Kiwi’s choice: They’re not bringing my brain out: Understanding and working with gifted and talented learners by Rosemary Cathcart A Hodder Education Book 3rd ed.
Published in 2005 by Hachette Livre NZ
http://www.reachgifted.org.nz/pdf/orderform_2books.pdf

Echidna’s choice: School provisions for gifted students: Resource sheets for parents and teachers by Judy Parker Published in 1997 by Hawker Brownlow Education
http://www.hbe.com.au/

Twitter Birds useful links for publishers and booksellers of books about Teaching Gifted Students:
Hawker Brownlow Education http://www.hbe.com.au/
Free Spirit Willow Connection http://www.willowconnection.com.au/free-spirit
Great Potential Press http://www.greatpotentialpress.com/
Hoagies Gifted Education Page – Books on Gifted Topics http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/gifted_books.htm

Twitter Birds useful link to Online Teaching of Gifted Students
GO Gifted Online http://www.giftededucation.org.nz/giftedonline.html
Twitter Birds useful links to some great pages and blogs about Teaching Gifted Students
Cybrary Man’s Educational Websites Gifted and Talented http://cybraryman.com/gifted.html
Hoagies Gifted Education Page http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/
Byrdseed Gifted http://www.byrdseed.com/
Krissy Venosdale http://venspired.com/?author=1

Both Echidna and Kiwi became sidetracked from their task of selecting books on specific topics when they came to the book about dealing with anxiety and depression titled Stomp out the ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) by Sally-Anne McCormack Published in Melbourne in 2009 by Sally-Anne McCormack http://www.sally-annemccormack.com.au/

And I realised that it was nearly 2.00am and decided to post this first part of the blog post and finish the post later.

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!”