Timelines

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

History homework always causes problems for Sprite.

Last night was no exception. The exercise was to mark certain important dates in Australian history on a timeline and write a paragraph about each one.
The Twitter Birds sporting their Movember moustaches were twittering encouragingly. White Poodle was perched on the desk.
And the Dabrowski Dogs were ready to help.
“Go on – just draw a timeline and write those dates on it and if Intellectual doesn’t find you too much information about each one we can be out of here in five minutes!” urged Psycho Motor. He had already brought out the Frisbee.

“She has to do it properly!” growled Intellectual. “I have provided a six volume account of the nation’s history and background readings to help determine whether the dates as stated in the books are accurate. I have also provided biographical details about the author to help determine his point of view and possible reasons for any inaccuracies.”

“But I don’t know how to draw the timeline” Sprite was saying “And I don’t know what date to put for the start.”

“I don’t see any problem” said Psycho Motor “Just draw a straight line with a ruler, put the dates you were given in order under the line and label each of the dates with the most important event that happened that year. Just do it and then we can go outside.”

“Sprite is obviously taking into account  the disputes surrounding the determination of the years according to various people groups and religions” conceded Intellectual.  “Let us assume for the purposes of this exercise that the dates are Western C.E. Common Era (we used to call it A.D. Anno Domini)”

“But what do I put for the starting date and how do I determine the scale for the timeline?” asked Sprite.”The history of the indigenous peoples goes back thousands and thousands of years before any of these dates.”

“And, anyway,” Sprite continued “I don’t even think time goes in one direction in a straight line. If it did we would measure it with a ruler not a clock.”

“What on Earth have you been suggesting to her now, Imaginational?” demanded Intellectual.

“I just said” replied Imaginational “that I thought time went out from a single point (but I don’t know where that point would be located) and that it goes out in all directions in a spiral pattern wave motion. That explains why we have déjà vu and serendipitous crossing of paths and it also explains why we have different places being at different stages at the same time. It explains why history repeats itself and people keep on making the same mistakes. And it could also explain how some inventions originate  and why some people have precognition”

Intellectual put his head on the floor and covered his nose with his paws.“No wonder she is confused, Imaginational!” he growled. “I wish you would only help Sprite with her homework when she has a creative writing exercise.”

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

And they’re racing!

They are racing in that crazy month of November with so many events that it takes a race caller of the calibre of Psycho Motor Dabrowski to keep up with all of them

The male Twitter Birds are ready to grow a moustache to participate in Movember http://au.movember.com/  
We will be following their progress.

The female Twitter Birds are getting new hats and fascinators or dusting off last year’s hat for the running of the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November.

NaNoWriMo gets under way at http://www.nanowrimo.org/  where people can write a whole novel during November and NaBloPoMo where people write a blog post a day during November at http://www.nablopomo.com

Global Education Conference will be held online from 12 -17 November 2012. For details see http://www.globaleducationconference.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

On the home front I have written the Gifted Resources Activity Report for 2012 which will be posted on the website and in the Gifted Resources newsletter soon.

Work of updating the catalogue of the Gifted Resources library and updating the Gifted Resources website is in progress

Tomorrow the November Sketchbook challenge will be announced   http://sketchbookchallenge.blogspot.com.au/
and next week the November Brilliant Chaos Group on Facebook creating challenge will begin http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/

I am preparing a Twitter Bird Advent Calender for December and I have started my Christmas gift shopping and crafting.

And wishing on a star for energy to complete the November activities.

The November Road is paved with good intentions!

Last November I wrote:

NOVEMBER That crazy penultimate month of the year when men grow moustaches http://www.movember.com/ authors endeavour to write a whole novel in the month http://www.nanowrimo.org/ and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.
For Australians a horse race, the Melbourne Cup stops the Nation on the first Tuesday of the month and ladies wear fancy hats and fascinators.
Sprite was eager for me to participate in Nanowrimo and write her biography but the task seemed a bit daunting so I am opting to attempt to write a blog post every day in November with NaBloPoMo http://www.nablopomo.com/

This year
My older son is undertaking to grow a  Movember moustache http://au.movember.com/
The first Tuesday of the month with the Melbourne Cup fell on Tuesday 1st November and I missed adorning the female Twitter Birds with hats and fascinators for the occasion but the male Twitter Birds will again grow Movember moustaches. Indeed some of them have retained the ones they grew last year.
I have not even considered writing a NaNoWriMo novel or even promising to write a Blog post every day. But Sprite overheard the discussion on #gtchat about NaNoWriMo Young Writers’ Program and would like to try it – but only if she can dictate it to me and I do the writing for her.

In November I usually provide an activity report for the year for Gifted Resources and write a Christmas program for the Church Sunday school.
This year we are already three days into November and I really do not know how many November intentions I will be able to complete!

Checking up on the Twittermos

We are now three quarters of the way through the month of November and it is time to check on the progress of some of the events of the month.
How are the folk who are tackling NANoWriMo faring?
Are the ones who intended to write a blog post a day managing to do it?  I have a few gaps in the dates of my Sprite’site posts but there were some days when I was working on a series and posted more than one entry for the day.

And what about the gentlemen who are growing a moustache for Movember – how does your moustache grow?

Here is a recent picture of the Twitter birds who are sporting November mos.

NA NO WRI MO BLO PO HAT MO VEMBER

NOVEMBER That crazy penultimate month of the year when men grow moustaches http://www.movember.com/  authors endeavour to write a whole novel in the month http://www.nanowrimo.org/ and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.
For Australians a horse race, the Melbourne Cup stops the Nation on the first Tuesday of the month and ladies wear fancy hats and fascinators.
Sprite was eager for me to participate in Nanowrimo and write her biography but the task seemed a bit daunting so I am opting to attempt to write a blog post every day in November with NaBloPoMo http://www.nablopomo.com/

It is also the month when reviews are made of the current year and plans are made for Christmas and the year to come.
A link to Gifted Resources activity report for 2010 can be found be on Gifted Resources About Us section 
I have a developed a program for the Church Sunday school titled The Christmas Planner which helps you organize a busy Christian Christmas season. It is based on the Christmas song The Twelve Days of Christmas and you can read it or download a copy for yourself at http://giftedresources.org/jo/