Facebook 52 Illustrations Challenge June

This year I am trying to incorporate my Persona Dolls into the weekly theme if possible and post the resulting pictures here once a month.I am using a variety of art media and endeavouring to do one picture each week which includes my Persona Dolls
Here are my June pictures

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Image Jo Freitag

WEEK 22: SCIENCE MS Paint collage of photos of the persona dolls I make and a volcano model made from an education site free download print The volcano simulation
Miranda is being a bit bossy about how the model should be made, Edward and Sprite are engaging in further reading about the topic, Vincent and Leona are crowding in for a closer look and Felicity and Sally are afraid it will go bang.

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Image Jo Freitag

WEEK 22: SCIENCE Watercolour pencils and glitter gel pens Dispersion of light through a prism

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WEEK 22: SCIENCE Mixed media collage Sprite loves astronomy

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WEEK 22: SCIENCE MS Paint Edward reads maths text book for enjoyment

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WEEK 23: ZOO Mixed media collage Werribee Open Range zoo

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Image Jo Freitag

WEEK 24: BIRTHDAY MS Paint In June we celebrate the birthday of my blog and the characters gather -it is getting harder to get them all in the picture

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WEEK 24: BIRTHDAY Gel ink pens and some MS Paint editing

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Image Jo Freitag

WEEK 24: BIRTHDAY Mixed media collage

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WEEK 25: INVENTION Mixed media “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” by Persona Doll Vincent (Vince) the graffiti artist – Sorry I was in a really silly mood

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WEEK 26: SHOES Pink slippers Watercolour pencils and gel ink pens

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Image Jo Freitag

WEEK 26: SHOES Ink SAD Seasonally Affected Black Dog wearing his chindogu boots

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WEEK 26: SHOES Puppy slippers Colour pencils and fineliner

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Image Jo Freitag

WEEK 26: SHOES Mixed media collage De Bono’s Six Action Shoes are one of the main themes on my blog

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Image Jo Freitag

WEEK 26: SHOES Mixed media  De Bono’s Six Action Shoes are one of the main themes on my blog

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Image Jo Freitag

WEEK 26: SHOES Watercolour pencils

 

Free Education Online Webinars

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On Thursday 21 April 2016 the Persona dolls helped to illustrate a presentation for Free Education Online Webinars. It was the first session of a two part series and the teachers who participated used the whiteboard slides and the chat text box to interact with each other to find solutions to the needs of students described in Neihart & Betts Revised Profiles of the Gifted and Talented.

The title of the presentation was Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness.
The recording of the session can be found at http://bit.ly/CCT210416

Vanessa Crouch, the moderator also created a Padlet page to collect all the references mentioned during the presentation at http://padlet.com/nesscrouch/giftedness

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Part 2 was presented on Thursday 28 April 2016.
The second part discussed Sprite, the Twice Exceptional student, causes of underachievement, and De Bono’s 6 Action shoes.

The recording of Part 2 can be heard at http://bit.ly/CCT280416
Vanessa Crouch’s Padlet for Part 2 is found at
http://padlet.com/nesscrouch/giftedness

OZeLIVE 2016

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Again this year I participated in the OZeLIVE! Online conference which ran from February 26 – 28 2016

This year there were 19 interesting and inspiring webinar sessions. I attended most of them during the conference and intend to catch the ones I missed by listening to the recordings.
The recordings of the sessions are available at http://australianeducators.ning.com/recordings-2016

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I presented a session titled Persona Dolls: Dressed for learning.
Clothes can be used to illustrate nationality/ethnicity, religion, historical period, character/occupation, customs and lifestyle, dress style preferences, and also as an analogy for other characteristics (eg De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats and De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes)
My friend Judy Murcutt sent me photos of her collection of dolls from many different nations to help illustrate the session.
As well as discussing the use of Persona Dolls and other dolls in education we talked about the resources available for teachers who want to participate in Diversity Week and Harmony Day.
Gifted Awareness Week Australia 13 – 19 March 2016 activities were also mentioned.
For details of the events for the week see http://www.aaegt.net.au/?page_id=1170

The recording of my OZeLIVE session can be found at https://sas.elluminate.com/drtbl?sid=2008350&suid=D.51092091ED4B4597AC051BB74A41CD

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Australia e-Series Tech Talk Tuesdays Webinar Part 2

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Slide from presentation Photo Jo Freitag

 

I presented the second part of the Australia e-Series Tech Talk Tuesday webinar Personas, profiles and portraits: Sprite the Twice Exceptional on Tuesday 2 June 2015 at 4.00pm Melbourne time.

https://australiaseries.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/personas-profiles-and-portraits-of-giftedness-part-2-sprite-the-twice-exceptional/

The second part of the presentation focussed on Sprite, the Twice Exceptional Gifted Student who is both gifted and also has some form of disability or learning difficulty/difference. It was appropriate to give a full session to this particular gifted profile as Sprite is the most fully developed and described of my Persona dolls. See https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/could-sprite-be-a-persona-doll-2/  

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Slide from presentation Image Jo Freitag

 

 

Also the education of 2E students is a huge topic.

We discussed
* identifying 2E students,
* myths relating to 2E students,
* catering simultaneously for giftedness and the disability using De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes as the planning tool
* possibilities for modifying studies for 2E students using S.C.A.M.P.E.R. as the thinking tool
* social emotional issues relating to 2E students

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Slide from presentation Photos Jo Freitag

 

 

You can listen to the recording of the second part of the webinar at
https://au-sas.bbcollab.com/p.jnlp?psid=2015-06-01.2341.M.092F3F76EB8CF67A450414FD174E5C.vcr&sid=2007026 

Slideshare for Part 2 http://www.slideshare.net/jofrei/personas-profiles-and-portraits-part-2

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Whose shoes?

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Photo Jo Freitag

Shoes are a very important part of the costumes for my persona dolls.
They not only help to describe the backgrounds and characters of the dolls but can also be used as metaphors.
For example I have developed a program called Feetspeak: 2E shoes which uses De Bono’s Six Action Shoes action planning to select education and support programs which will be suitable for gifted and 2E students who are both gifted and also have disabilities, learning difficulties or differences.

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Photo Jo Freitag

De Bono set

I have written about the De Bono Six Action Shoes on Sprite’s Site blog at
Orange gumboots https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/orange-gumboots/

Pink slippers https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/pink-slippers/

Grey sneakers https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/grey-sneakers/

Blue formal shoes https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/blue-formal-shoes/

Purple riding boots https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/purple-riding-boots/

Brown brogues https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/brown-brogues/

I have added a few extra types of shoe to add as metaphors for education and support programs for gifted and 2E students
Of course there is going barefooted which represents not having any provisions at all.
Then there are the sparkly sandals  which either represents a fun but not particularly demanding holiday program or a full time provision which is billed in the glossy brochures as a wonderful Extension Program and is often very expensive to attend but in reality turns out not to have much substance.
The Can Do adjustable Velcro shoe which represents either a flexible program or the ability to fit into a mainstream program without extra provisions

The plaster cast  which Sprite, the twice exceptional gifted student wears represents an ideal combination of the attributes of the 6 DeBono Action shoes to give support for her disability but can only be used if eligibility and funding criteria are met.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/new-shoes/

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There is a lovely collection of pink slippers for the all the dolls to share
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/pleading-the-pink-slipper/

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Felicity is the only doll whose white shoes are glued in place so they cannot be removed or exchanged

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Photo Jo Freitag

Some of the Persona dolls wear shoes which tell more about their situation or character than about the education programs they are involved in.

Sprite doll No 1 has a pair of soft blue boots, Miranda can wear smart red boots to match her red dress Sprite doll No 2 has a pair of brown boots with a badly scuffed toe on the left foot showing she had been dragging it. Adam has a pair of boots which are suitable for life on the farm. Nobody has claimed the cute pair of crocs yet. The black sneakers belong to Vince. Michaela the creative loves her sparkly shoes and Evelyn has a pair of formal blue sandals indicating that although her country area is not offering a full time program for gifted students whenever there is a program such as a visiting author giving a workshop offered she is included in it.

Photos Jo Freitag

Photos Jo Freitag