New Shoes


I am happy to be able to relate that after our last meeting Sprite’s teacher has been enthusiastic about acting on Dr Ed Needs’ recommendations and has set up an Individual Education Plan for Sprite.

Using the Feetspeak and De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes method of planning the programs, it will include opportunities for her to be accelerated in some subjects (do the most sensible thing brown brogues), to undertake research projects in her areas of passionate interest (grey sneakers) to have time with a mentor (purple riding boots) and to participate in some formal gifted withdrawal programs (blue formal shoes) at the same time as she receives the support she needs for her areas of weakness (the plaster cast and other aids) and the social/emotional and pastoral care issues will be addressed (pink slippers)

This will mean using Combinations. The result of wearing shoes of varying type with a different style on each foot would lead to action plans which are a blend of both.

So now Sprite will be wearing combinations of De Bono’s 6 Action shoes. For example she can wear a  Blue Formal shoe or a Grey Sneaker on her right foot and a Pink Slipper or a plaster cast on her left foot.

“I realized during the PD session that Sprite is like a lame cheetah” the teacher said.
“And I could see that she should not be denied the opportunities to receive a challenging and engaging education.”

She is also employing the strategies of S.C.A.M.P.E.R. in order to modify her teaching methods for Sprite.


One of the programs in which Sprite is participating is a Philosophy group called Sage Thyme. She is very excited about it as she has always thought deeply and loves to discuss and debate. And she loves her glittery new Smartfit blue formal shoe.

The only concern is that these provisions are being made so late in the year.
Will they continue next year?

Fine Focus Webinar Part 2

Jo Hart has posted on her E-verything! Blog  an overview of the second part of my Fine Focus session ‘Which de Bono Action Shoes are best for a 2E student on Gagne’s DMGT Road?’

The session was recorded and can still be accessed using the link

I began with a brief recap of the first session – see Jo Hart’s post at

Topics covered in the recap were

  • Edward de Bono’s Six Action Shoes
  • Gagne’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent;
  • the Six Action Shoes in the context of the Feetspeak Quest Map;
  • a reminder of the six shoes and their relationship to the Gagne DMGT model.

The main focus of the second session was a consideration of combinations and variations in the shoes. We explored the possible combinations of two shoe types to produce modified action plans. I also shared some extra shoe types which I have added  that broaden the program possibilities including Sprite’s plaster cast that symbolizes the support that may be available through eligibility for funding!

We looked at the needs of 2E students and the S.C.A.M.P.E.R. methods of varying the program to make provisions for them