Book review: Writing your own script by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson

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I was really pleased to receive a copy for review of the latest addition to the excellent Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling Series.
It is ‘Writing your Own Script: A parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development’ by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson.
It is edited by Sarah J. Wilson and published in 2015 by GHF Press.

The timing of the arrival of the book was perfect as it arrived the day before the book was to be discussed during Twitter #gtchat. I found that it was packed with information but was still easy to read and understand and would be very helpful for parents.

The chapter titles reflect the staging of a play
1. Backdrop – What you should know about the gifted child
2. Setting the scene – Friendship and the gifted child
3. Casting – Finding the other players
4. Directing – The parent as guide
5. Showtime – Applying what you know
6. Reviews – Raspberries and applause
Epilogue: Take a bow

The first chapter describes aspects of giftedness that impact on building friendships such as Typical characteristics, Asynchronous development, Twice exceptionalities, Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities, Introversion and Extraversion and Unusual interests.

The second chapter discusses developmental stages and levels of friendship and the third chapter addresses how to find potential friends. Chapter four shows the role parents can take in helping their children to build and maintain friendships and chapters five and six talk about some of the situations that will possibly be encountered.

The book can be purchased from GHF Press http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/ghf-press/

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Graphics Lisa Conrad

The blog post about the session of Twitter #gtchat dedicated to discussion of the book can be found on the Global #GTChat Powered by TAGT blog at https://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/writing-your-own-script-a-parents-role-in-the-gifted-childs-development/

The Storify transcript of the chat can be read at https://storify.com/gtchatmod/gtchat-writing-your-ownscript-a-parent-s-role-in-t

Twitterati Challenge

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I am taking up the Twitterati Challenge to name my favourite Top 5 of ‘Go to’ Educators

The conditions of the challenge are posted on Mary Myatt’s bog at

http://marymyatt.com/blog/2015-05-03/the-twitterati-challenge

Here they are:

Started by by Ross (never known to nap) @TeacherToolkit – “In the spirit of social-media-educator friendships, this summer it is time to recognise your most supportive colleagues in a simple blogpost shout-out. Whatever your reason, these 5 educators should be your 5 go-to people in times of challenge and critique, or for verification and support”

There are only 3 rules.

  1. You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life.
    2. You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already made aware of them being listed on#TwitteratiChallenge.
    3. You will need to copy and paste the title of this blogpost and (the rules and what to do) information into your own blog post.
    What to do?
    This what to do:
    1. Within 7 days of being nominated by somebody else, you need to identify colleagues that you rely regularly go-to for support and challenge. They have now been challenged and must act and must act as participants of the #TwitteratiChallenge.
  2. If you’ve been nominated, please write your own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost within 7 days. If you do not have your own blog, try @staffrm.
    5. The educator that is now (newly) nominated, has 7 days to compose their own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost and identify who their top 5 go-to educators are.

So here are my choices

@cybraryman1  Jerry Cybraryman Blumengarten “I’ve got a page for that.”
Connected Educator-Speaker-Writer
Cataloging for education   #edchat moderator
Technology gives even the quietest student a global voice.
Jerry does indeed have a page of links for every educational situation.
Particularly useful are his pages about Twitter chats
http://www.cybraryman.com/ 

@gtchatmod Lisa Conrad Moderator of #gtchat
Lisa Conrad is the moderator and hostess for my favourite education chat #gtchat powered by Texas Association for Gifted &Talented.
Lisa conducts a poll to choose the topic for the chat or invites a guest expert, compiles a list of questions for the session and a collection of related links. After the chat she publishes a transcript using Storify and a blog post about the session which gives all the useful links which were shared.
http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/

@GiftedHF Gifted Homeschoolers
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum supports families of gifted homeschoolers around the world through education, advocacy & community.
GHF not only support homeschoolers but also provide useful information about gifted and 2E student, online courses and conduct blog hops which provide great information and support.
http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/
http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blogs/blog-hop/

@murcha Anne Mirtschin
Teacher of ICT accounting & business studies Hawkesdale P12 College. Passionate about virtual classrooms, online learning, rural education and global education
Anne connects teachers and students from all around the world by participating in global education projects, Twitter and Skype classroom connections. She also is the moderator and hostess of the Australia e-Series Tech Talk Tuesdays webinars using Blackboard Collaborate
https://murcha.wordpress.com/

@JoHart
Lecturer in VET (Lit, Num, IT) interested in all e-learning, virtual classroom lover Often delivering entirely online
Have also run e-learning projects
Jo provides great PD for teachers and everyone interested in education. She develops and presents e-learning projects and webinars which are great for building confidence and enthusiasm.
http://johart1.edublogs.org/

Thank you all for being great sources of information, support and encouragement!

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Gifted Homeschoolers Forum http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/  turns 10 years old on 18 November 2014

GHF serves the parents, teachers and professionals caring for gifted and 2E students and homeschooling families.

They provide an online community,
Website http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/
Information and resources about giftedness http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/resources/gifted/

Information and resources about 2E twice exceptional
http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/resources/twice-exceptional/
Information and resources about homeschooling http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/resources/homeschooling/#ghfresources
Monthly GHF Blog Hops http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blogs/blog-hop/
Publications http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/ghf-press/
Brochures http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/about-us/gifted-children-brochures/
and online classes. http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/…/ghf-online-spring-2015-se…/
Corin Barsily Goodwin discussed the work of GHF as the guest of honour on Twitter #gtchat on Sunday 9 November 2014.
A review of the session complete with links that were shared can be found at http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/happy-10th-anniversary-gifted-homeschoolers-forum/

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Guest on Twitter #gtchat

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March was a very busy month and I am now playing catch up and blogging about the experiences.

It was a great thrill to be invited to be the guest for #gtchat on Twitter on 1 March 2014. The topic was the use of De Bono’s Six Action Shoes as applied to planning gifted programs and in particular programs suitable for Twice-Exceptional children.

I enjoyed the experience very much. The moderator #gtchat, of Lisa Conrad, provided me with the questions in advance so that I could prepare my answers and have them ready to post during the session. I also provided links which Lisa posted throughout the chat.

Here are the Q & A posts that we pre-planned

Hi! Jo Freitag from Gifted Resources & Sprite’s Site blog Victoria Australia here at 11.00am Saturday for #gtchat

Hi everyone! Today we are going to rummage through Sprite’s shoes especially her De Bono 6 Action shoes collection #gtchat

Q1) Who is Sprite and how is she involved with De Bono’s shoes? #gtchat

A1) Sprite is my 2E character exceptionally gifted with an unspecified learning difference/disability who illustrates Feetspeak. #gtchat

A1) She is always shown with an injured ankle to show that not all the shoes (plans) will fit comfortably on both feet #gtchat

Q2) What are De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes? #gtchat

A2) Most people know Edward De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats program about ways to think about a situation or problem #gtchat

A2) Edward De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes is a book about ways to approach planning courses of action #gtchat

A2) Up there for thinking, down there for dancing, walking etc – taking action #gtchat

Q3) What do each of the De Bono shoes represent? #gtchat

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A3) Blue Formal Shoes = plan following routines and formal procedures; Grey sneakers = plan based on investigation #gtchat

A3) Brown Brogues = plan doing what is most practical and sensible; Orange gumboots = plan to cover emergency action #gtchat

A3) Pink Slippers = plan to act in caring compassionate manner; Purple riding boots = plan enacted by leadership or authority. #gtchat

Q4) How do you use these De Bono 6 Action Shoes plans? #gtchat

A4) I use the De Bono shoes as part of my Feetspeak 2E Shoes Program about planning suitable provisions for gifted and 2E students #gtchat

Gifted Programs Planned Using De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes as a Planning Tool http://goo.gl/vkKfvT

A4) Blue Formal Shoe Plans = fast paced accelerated above grade programs for highly motivated high achieving students #gtchat

Sprite’s Blue Formal Shoes http://goo.gl/OmokYK

A4) Grey Sneakers Plans= research investigations project/passion/problem based learning #geniushour #makerspaces #gtchat

Sprite’s Grey Sneakers http://goo.gl/kgQnZU

A4) Brown Brogues Plans = IEP or most suitable option for student – full or subject acceleration extension groups etc. whatever is needed #gtchat

Sprite’s Brown Brogues http://goo.gl/tLpXnT

A4) Orange Gumboots Plans = stop gap measures such as acting as teacher’s assistant #gtchat

Sprite’s Orange Gumboots http://goo.gl/KmYvfx

A4) Pink Slippers Plans = programs focussed on social/emotional needs coping strategies pastoral care etc #gtchat

Sprite’s Pink Slippers http://goo.gl/E7l1C4

A4) Purple Riding Boots Plans = I’ve used it to mean leadership training biographical studies & mentors could include creativity #gtchat

Sprite’s Purple Riding Boots http://goo.gl/RnIGXB

Q5) Do all the plans work well for gifted and 2E students? #gtchat

A5) All the plans have the potential to work well for gifted students but some do not fit 2E #gtchat

A5) I road tested them using Gagne’s DMGT model natural giftedness to fully developed competence/talent #gtchat

Building Gifts into Talents: Overview of the DMGT (pdf) http://goo.gl/trQ9Db

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Q6) Are there any other shoe plans apart from De Bono Action shoes in Feetspeak 2E shoes? #gtchat

A6) Yes, More shoes: Bare feet = Not having a plan; Sparkly sandals = appearance of having a plan but not really having one #gtchat

Sprite’s More shoes http://goo.gl/zW3z6v

A6) The Plaster cast = ideal provisions for the Learning Differences if student is eligible & funding is available #gtchat

Sprite’s Plaster cast http://goo.gl/7yBCxq

A6) The One size fits all paper shoe cover system = claim to be giving gifted program with differentiation #gtchat

Sprite’s One Size Shoe Cover System http://goo.gl/jozdEo

Q7) What inspired you to create Sprite’s Site? #gtchat

A7) Feetspeak grew from newsletter note re problem buying suitable shoes after I injured my ankle being like 2E students problems #gtchat

A7) 2E students need provisions for both their giftedness and their difficulties #gtchat

A7) Sprite was designed to illustrate Feetspeak but then developed a life of her own and needed a blog to tell the stories #gtchat

A7) I already had a more serious Gifted Resources blog but Sprite’s Site allows more freedom for whimsy and creativity #gtchat

Gifted Resources blog https://giftedresources.wordpress.com/

Q8) Sprite has many friends to guide her on life’s journey. What resources did you find helpful when raising a family

A8) Parent support groups, online email groups, books, websites, conferences, guest speakers were all helpful #gtchat

A8 Psychologist Lesley Sword was the foundation stone for me #gtchat

http://www.giftedservices.com.au/handouts/index.html

A8) Hoagies website was/is always a great source of information #gtchat

Hoagies http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/

Q9 What people and works provided the basis for Feetspeak 2E shoes? #gtchat

A9 Edward De Bono, Prof Francoys Gagne, Dr Linda Silverman, 2E newsletter, Prof Miraca Gross, Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities #gtchat

Q9 Susan Baum, Alexandra Golon, Iowa Acceleration Scales, Lee Singer, Lesley Sword and of course Stephanie Tolan #gtchat

http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/feetspeakforweb01.htm

Q10) What other topics are covered on Sprite’s Site? #gtchat

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A10) The Tweet family of Twitter birds consult the Psych-Owl-Ogist about giftedness and social/emotional issues #gtchat

The Psych-Owl-Ogist http://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/psych-owl-ogist/

A10) The Tweet family are using Nest Ed and discuss homeschooling their gifted tweetlets #gtchat

Nest Ed http://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/nest-ed/

A10) Sprite’s companions Dabrowski Dogs represent Intellectual, Emotional, Sensual, Psycho Motor, Imaginational overexcitabilities #gtchat

Dabrowski Dogs http://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/dabrowski-dogs/

A10) The Black Dogs relate to causes of depression in gifted people #gtchat

Black Dogs http://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/black-dogs/

A10) The Memory Elephant illustrates memory and the Visual Spatial Learners way of thinking #gtchat

Memory Elephant http://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/memory-elephant/

A10) And @gtchatmod favourite Columbus Cheetah advocates for acceleration and busts myths about giftedness #gtchat

Columbus Cheetah Myth Buster
http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/columbuscheetah.htm

The Storify transcript of the chat session can be read at http://goo.gl/58T7du

The summary post on the TAGT blog can be read at http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/de-bonos-action-plans-with-special-guest-jo-frietag/

Gifted Resources Blog has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/ 

Best Blogs in the Gifted Community

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The Best Blogs in the Gifted Community was the topic of a recent Twitter #gtchat session. It was an interesting discussion which was partly prompted by Tim Dracup aka Gifted Phoenix’ excellent investigation and blog post ‘How well does gifted education use social media?’
http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/how-well-does-gifted-education-use-social-media/

The session was one of the monthly weekend chats which are held at a time which is suited to participants in the UK and Europe. For me in Melbourne, Australia the time was 7.00am on a Monday.
http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/new-feature-at-gtchat-monthly-weekend-chats/

Amongst the information shared was the correct form to use when citing blogs in academic papers
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Several blog rolls and collections of blogs were mentioned including
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blogs/
Gifted Phoenix http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/

The Storify transcript of the session can be read at http://goo.gl/ws27BD

And the summary of the session including links to the blogs which were discussed can be found at the GT Chat Powered by TAGT blog
http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/best-blogs-in-the-gifted-community/

Gifted Resources Blog has been nominated in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2014 Competition http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/

Virtually visiting the WCGTC Conference in Kentucky

Even if you are are unable to attend the 20th WCGTC Conference in Louisville Kentucky 10-14 August 2013 http://worldgifted2013.org/  the WCGTC have done an excellent job in providing opportunities to follow events live online Throughout the conference several people have been posting on Twitter from presentations and sharing links to presenters’ online work under the hashtag #WCGTC13 and posting comments and photos on Facebook.

I have been enjoying reading the comments and viewing the photos which have been posted and have even been able to listen to broadcasts of some of the keynote speakers via http://mixlr.com/wcgtc/me/

Global #gtchat will be holding a chat live from the conference on Monday, 12 August See http://globalgtchatpoweredbytagt.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/world-council-for-gifted-and-talented-children-20th-biennial-world-conference/
For me in Australia the time of the chat will be 8.30 am Tuesday 13 August.

I was really fortunate to be able to participate in a Skype chat with Leslie Graves, Lisa Conrad, Mary St George, Jen Torbeck Merrill, Stephanie Tolan, Carolyn K (Mrs Hoagies) Patricia Gatto Walden, Ingrid (Ingennios Illuminare  from Mexico) and Wenda Sheard who were attending  the conference in Kentucky and Stacia Trahan Taylor who joined in from Texas It was wonderful to see and hear  all those heroes of mine from the gifted education world!

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