The regular #gtchat sessions will not be held this week but the #gtstoogies will be holding a Happy Hour during the timeslot of the second session (7.00pm EST Friday or 11.00 am Saturday for Victorian and NSW Australians)
We will use the Happy Hour to discuss plans for a virtual cruise on the good ship Asynchronicity. When we first talked about this in a bit of fun during #gtchat we were thinking how good it would be to sail away as a group of people with a common interest in the health, welfare and education of gifted students to a beautiful location such as the Caribbean. Somehow Pirates of the Caribbean was mentioned and the exercise took on a pirate theme.
But when you get a group of imaginative, creative, gifted people together there are bound to be many interpretations of what would constitute the ideal cruise, what its destination should be and what places to visit en route. Even the design of the ship could be debated.
The name of the ship is Asynchronicity to honour the gifts and delights as well as the challenges that Asynchronous Development brings to gifted people especially children.
As an example of asynchrony the picture of the galleon on the wall beside the map of the Caribbean is a copy of a picture drawn by our youngest son when he was six which was published in Vision, the journal of the VAGTC.
As it is to be a virtual cruise we can travel to literal, fictional, mythical or allegorical places. The journey is only limited by the thoughts and imaginations of the travellers.
The table in the #gtstoogies lobby still displays the poster for the film Pirates of the Caribbean and the Shelfari bookshelf has a display of books about sea journeys and pirates.
A Wallwisher page has been set at http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/asynchronicity where people can add their thoughts about what our ship should look like and where the cruise should go.
Drawing on literature and mythology we could adventure with Jason and the Argonauts or travel to the glassy sea at the end of the world with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Allegorical maps could show us a journey along Gagne’s DMGT road from innate giftedness to fully developed talent or take us on the Feetspeak Quest to attempt to find an ideal education.
Imagination could add wings, a hot air balloon, a time MELD or even a rocket propulsion system to our ship.
The whales and the stars are calling to us – where will the journey take us?