Bachelor of Bouncing, Doctor of Daydreaming

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Columbus Cheetah and the Dabrowski Dogs were discussing the new school year and how they could help Sprite to succeed.

Columbus Cheetah had the Feetspeak Quest map  and Prof Francoys Gagne’s DMGT model diagram  spread out and was trying to plot a path for Sprite from innate giftedness to fully developed talent.
“We can provide her with support and make opportunities available” Columbus was saying “But there are still speed humps and difficulties to overcome.
Being 2E does complicate matters.
It is quite a challenge to prevent her from being an underachiever.
She finds it hard to demonstrate her giftedness and many of her areas of strength are not ones that are recognized and rewarded in the school system.
She does not receive any credit from the school for the astronomy evenings with her mentor.
And the school is not impressed with her very original way of thinking such as:
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/thats-what-its-all-about/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/critical-thinking/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/timelines/

It is a myth that all gifted students will be successful in school.” Columbus concluded.

“If Sprite is going to succeed academically I should be the only one to accompany her to school” stated Intellectual Dabrowski.

There were growls and howls of disagreement from all the other Dabrowski Dogs.

“I am the only one who has a remote chance of getting her through the system and ending up with some sort of official academic qualification” Intellectual continued.
“What will you others help her achieve?
Bachelor of Bouncing with Psycho Motor Dabrowski
Honorary degree in Histrionics with Emotional Dabrowski
Certificate of Completion in Corporeal Comforts with Sensual Dabrowski
Or Doctorate in Daydreaming with Imaginational Dabrowski”

“What I am trying to say” said Columbus Cheetah “is that, as well as advocating for provisions for Sprite at school, it will be necessary for her to be given plenty of opportunities and experiences outside the school setting and that time with her mentor, Paula the Physicist will be very valuable.”

This is a post for Hoagies’ Gifted February 2016 blog hop:
Other Achievement: when your child doesn’t achieve where you hope. 
To find out what advice other bloggers have come on the hop with us starting at www.HoagiesGifted.org/blog_hop_other_achievement.htm

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The Fence Post

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Image Jo Freitag

I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

Another type of post found on Sprite’s Site is the Fence Post.

The fence posts are used to build the guard rails that prevent students from falling into the Underachievement area which was discussed in the 26 May 2013 post Gifted Underachievers  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/gifted-under-achievers/

In the whole student population there are some gifted students, some students with learning difficulties and many students who are underachieving for a whole variety of reasons.

Some of the gifted students also have learning difficulties and many of the gifted and many of those with learning difficulties are underachieving. And some are unfortunate enough to be in that centre group who are gifted with learning difficulties and are underachieving.

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Image Jo Freitag

When we take a closer look at the Underachieving group we see that there are many possible reasons a student can be underachieving.
Teachers, parents, psychologists, education consultants and therapists need to support and advocate for gifted, 2E and LD students in order to build a guard rail to try to prevent them falling into the Underachievement area.

This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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Columbus Cheetah, Myth Buster – Myth 3

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 myth covers the belief that gifted students will be easy to recognise because they will be successful in school and produce work of outstanding quality.

Columbus Cheetah is keen to make it known that not ALL gifted students will succeed in school and that some will not be easy to recognise.

Some will purposely hide their abilities so that they can blend in.

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Some will underachieve because they are 2E – Twice Exceptional students who are both gifted and a learning disability or difference. Their giftedness may allow them to compensate for their difficulties so that they are not seen as needing any remedial assistance. And their difficulties can mask their giftedness so that they are seen as an average student not needing any extension.

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In the whole student population there are some gifted students, some students with learning difficulties and many students who are underachieving for a whole variety of reasons.

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Teachers, parents, psychologists, education consultants and therapists need to support and advocate for gifted, 2E and LD students in order to build a guard rail to try to prevent them falling into the Underachieving area.
To read more about this see https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/gifted-under-achievers/

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Gifted Under Achievers

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Little Bully Black Dog was back chanting “Sprite is a GUA! Sprite is a GUA! GUA, GUA, GUA, GUA!”

“I AM NOT!” said Sprite. “Don’t be mean! What is a GUA anyway?”

The Dabrowski Dogs gathered round to defend Sprite – all except Psycho Motor who was chasing the bouncing Venn diagram which Little Bully Black Dog had been playing with previously.

“It means Gifted Under Achiever” said Intellectual

“It means she is smart enough to do better if she tried harder” said Little Bully Black Dog.

“But I always DO try hard” said Sprite.

“I know you do!” said Emotional “You are a 2E or GLD student (gifted with a learning disability or difference) and that makes it harder for you to achieve your full potential. But Jo is advocating for your needs to be met and we are all here supporting you. We will all try to make sure that you have the best possible opportunities and do not become an Under Achiever”

“And Under Achieving is not always about how hard a student tries” added Intellectual. “There are many reasons for underachievement.”

Intellectual called to Psycho Motor to bring the Venn diagram.

In the whole student population there are some gifted students, some students with learning difficulties and many students who are underachieving for a whole variety of reasons.

Some of the gifted students also have learning difficulties and many of the gifted and many of those with learning difficulties are underachieving. And some are unfortunate enough to be in that centre group who are gifted with learning difficulties and are underachieving.

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When we take a closer look at the Underachieving group we see that there are many possible reasons a student can be underachieving.
There are articles about it at http://www.tip.duke.edu/node/101
and http://www.thewcgl.org/events/newsletSU12.pdf

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The topic of Gifted Under Achievers was discussed on Twitter #gtchat recently.

“What happens if you fall into that white section in the centre? Where does it lead?” asked Sprite

“Underachievement can prevent students from reaching their destination on Gagne’s DMGT road from innate ability to fully developed talent” said Intellectual

“So,” said Imaginational “teachers, parents, psychologists, education consultants and therapists need to support and advocate for gifted, 2E and LD students in order to build a guard rail to try to prevent them falling into the Underachieving area.

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Unmasking the Possibilities 2

 

This is just a marker holding a place on the blog for my description of the VAGTC Unmasking the Possibilities conference which I have not yet finished.
I am very busy on a several fronts andI have a couple of other posts which I would like to add now without losing this spot.
So check back later to see whether I have edited this post or  given up and deleted the place holder!

Unmasking the Possibilities

 

The  Dabrowski Dogs are preparing to accompany me to the Victorian Association for Gifted & Talented Children conference “Unmasking the Possibilities”  on Thursday 8 – Friday 9 September  http://www.vagtc.asn.au/
The theme of the conference will be overcoming the barriers such as poverty, isolation, cultural and language issues, 2E gifted with learning difficulties, health and social/emotional issues that can prevent gifted students from shining.

Emotional Dabrowski is often called The Drama Queen. She is enjoying trying on the theatrical masks which display the emotions!

Sensual and Psycho Motor would like to wear the Gifted Resources cheetah masks with the QR code for the web site included in the cheetah head spots but Sensual is not sure it will fit comfortably on him and Psycho Motor is bouncing so much the mask will not sit straight and keeps dislodging.


Intellectual Dabrowski is modelling the combination mask which demonstrates the theme of the conference. The mask has two layers. The gifts and talents displayed on the lower mask can only be glimpsed when the overlay mask which represents the difficulties is in place.


Imaginational Dabrowski found that his thinking was enlarged when he considered how the overlay mask could be removed to let the gifts and talents shine.