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
and for links to all the posts for the blog tour see

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

Echidna’s choice: School provisions for gifted students: Resource sheets for parents and teachers by Judy Parker Published in 1997 by Hawker Brownlow Education

Twitter Birds useful links for publishers and booksellers of books about Teaching Gifted Students:
Hawker Brownlow Education
Free Spirit Willow Connection
Great Potential Press
Hoagies Gifted Education Page – Books on Gifted Topics

Twitter Birds useful link to Online Teaching of Gifted Students
GO Gifted Online
Twitter Birds useful links to some great pages and blogs about Teaching Gifted Students
Cybrary Man’s Educational Websites Gifted and Talented
Hoagies Gifted Education Page
Byrdseed Gifted
Krissy Venosdale

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

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.

Book Launcher

“There!!!” said Sprite. “Intellectual Dabrowski helped to design a Book Launcher for you for when you have Sally-Anne McCormack speaking about her new book Stomp out the ANTs I saw it advertised on your Gifted Resources website Events page
Here’s how it works. When you cut the ribbon with the scissors the bottle of champagne tips over and the champagne runs into the conveyor and the boat with the books on it floats down the conveyor to the balloon dock and they get taken away by balloon. And I even put a conveyor down to your office so that you can have some of her books there too!”
“I had lots of other ideas but Intellectual Dabrowski said he could hear someone whistling for him. And he told me to use the spell checker when I wrote my next note to you.”

The second SIP – I for Intellectual Part 1

The email from Sally-Anne McCormack arrived at a perfect time.
Just as Sprite had been asking whether there were any ways to help the Puddleglummish Black Dog think the right way and I had promised to find out, Sally-Anne’s newsletter arrived.

“The psychologist, Sally-Anne McCormack has a program called Stomp out the ANTs and her book of the same name will be available in December.” I said to Sprite.

Her website is at

This is what it says about Stomp out the ANTs

Stomp out the ANTs Programs provide the students with a ‘feelings’ vocabulary, teach some ways of replacing Automatic Negative Thoughts with more positive thoughts, show them to look for “evidence” when making assumptions about situations, etc. This is done using a variety of different methods which may include worksheets, conversations, role playing, debates, writing, reading and other means. There are often “homework” activities such as filling in a mood diary for the period of the program to be able to track the changes in thoughts and feelings over this time. It also helps the student to focus on their own particular difficulties so they can address them.
The author of this program – Sally-Anne McCormack – is a registered psychologist, an experienced teacher, and a parent of 4 children and adolescents. Her interests include the prevention and treatment of depression, dealing with all educational issues (eg. assessment, giftedness, counselling, behaviour management, etc.) and a variety of other issues that are relevant for children and adolescents. She has private practices in the Eastern suburbs (Blackburn and Burwood East) and is available for private sessions.

“Look,” said Sprite “Sally-Anne McCormack has a frog like my FrOG friend.”