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?

Photo Jo Freitag

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.

Photo Jo Freitag

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/

Photo Jo Freitag

Photo Jo Freitag

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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Photo Jo Freitag

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

Photo Jo Freitag

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

Faces

persona dolls representing gifted students

Photos Jo Freitag

I have just completed the making of the 6 persona dolls representing Neihart and Betts  Profiles of the Gifted and Talented. I purposely did not give these dolls facial features so that they can represent their type of giftedness without also showing any racial or ethnic characteristics. For the set I had to make a second version of the Sprite doll.

Sprite doll expressions

Photos Jo Freitag

The first version of Sprite had an embroidered face, she had a calico body rather than a wooden frame and she was not in the same scale as the dolls in the set.

By altering Sprite’s posture and the angle and lighting of the photos I took it was possible to express a variety of emotions. However the whole face did not have to be visible for the emotions to be implied (eg right end picture).

During the making of the set of dolls I had interesting discussions with several people about whether the dolls should be given facial features.

Brother in law thought they looked creepy with blank faces but conceded that could be due to memories of some horror films he had seen.

Psychologist Janette Phelan of Uplift Centre Pty Ltd in Brisbane could see many possible ways of using the dolls in counselling and play therapy if the faces were blank.

At one stage during the making and gathering of the dolls and other creatures Edward was the only one in the group who had a blank face (except Felicity – but as her back was turned she did not count). Edward seemed out of place and I was convinced that I would need to paint or embroider facial features for all the dolls.

group of dolls and animals

Photo Jo Freitag

But as all of the dolls but Sprite were finished and I realised that I would have to make a second version of Sprite it also became clear that they did not need faces.

Gifted and Talented students can be of any racial/ethnic/ cultural/ economic/religious group so it was more helpful for the dolls to be neutral in regard to these aspects of their character.

And Now Read On…

Now that I have posted the entries relating to Persona Dolls that I had written for Gifted Resources blog and Sprite’s Site blog the adventure can continue here.

Please keep reading

Photo Jo Freitag

Photo Jo Freitag

 

On February 4 Elizabeth Albiston called in to deliver a book and uttered the magic words “Sorry, I cannot stay for a cuppa. I have to go to Bunnings”

I had been trying to work out how I could go to Bunnings to purchase the materials to make the rest of the set of persona dolls and was so grateful to Elizabeth for the Divinely appointed excursion  and for the lovely lunch we shared!

The goodies from Bunnings  will be  ingredients for persona dolls Miranda the Successful, Vincent (Vince) the At Risk graffiti artist, Michaela the Creative and possibly Adam from Rural isolation and another version of Sprite the Twice Exceptional

Sprite as a Persona Doll

Originally posted on Sprite’s Site blog 30 October 2014

As you may remember I decided to make a Sprite Persona Doll and bought a pattern and some trimmings.

And here she is!

Photo Jo Freitag

Photo Jo Freitag

I used a pattern for the largest size of Raggedy Anne doll but I embroidered the face of the Sprite doll I had envisaged.

I already had the calico and the filling I needed and found a wig and clothes in opportunity shops. The cost of the pattern and extra materials I needed to make her was approximately $25.00.

For Sprite’s Persona Biography see https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/could-sprite-be-a-persona-doll/

Photos Jo Freitag

Photos Jo Freitag

My next task will be to make Biography Journals for both Sprite and Felicity

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Photo Jo Freitag

Could Sprite be a Persona Doll?

Originally posted on Sprite’s Site blog 13 October 2014

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Recently I received a request from a teacher to answer some questions relating to giftedness to help her develop a persona doll for an assignment she was doing.

She supplied this information about persona dolls and the doll she intended to create.

“A persona doll is a doll developed by a practitioner/educator to enable children to gain an awareness and understanding of the richness and diversity of different backgrounds and lifestyles as well as to help children learn strategies for dealing with unfairness against themselves and others.
The dolls are given personalities, family and cultural backgrounds, likes and dislikes and the stories that are created around them enable children to explore positive and negative emotions.
To be able to develop one, I need to research and consult with children and their families to develop the persona doll identity and story. This is to avoid stereotypes and to provide an authentic representation of the children and their challenges.
I believe that developing a persona doll about giftedness can also be a way to advocate because children, families and educators where it will be shared will be cognizant of the current realities and difficulties faced by children that are gifted.”

I wrote a post about Persona Dolls for Gifted Resources blog at http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/persona-dolls/

She then asked a large number of detailed questions about ethnic, socio-economic and cultural conditions and everyday life matters to help her build a unique and authentic persona for her doll.

She would have liked to ask the questions to my youngest child also, hoping to hear a child’s voice expressed. Our youngest is now in his late twenties; so was not able to provide the child voice.

After replying that gifted children can be found in every ethnic, socio-economic and religion group so she could choose whatever background she felt most comfortable to use when developing her persona doll; I answered the giftedness related questions and some of the everyday life issues questions using my twice exceptional blog character, Sprite, to personalise the answers.

I was delighted to find that I was able to give quite a detailed portrait of Sprite from references to posts in the blog. I provided this picture.

Image by Jo Freitag

Image by Jo Freitag

Here are my replies to some of her questions.

ABOUT SPRITE

Name:  Sprite https://spritessite.wordpress.com/about-2/

Age: Not specified – a pre-teenager in middle – upper primary school but about six years ahead of age group for academic level

Cultural background: Australian

Gender: Female

Area of giftedness: Intellectually gifted with passionate interests in sciences (especially astronomy) https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/talkfest/ 
Hobbies are playing guitar and playing with her imaginary friends. All her toys have complicated back stories and she likes to make banners for them and set them up to stage protest marches https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/marches/

Is giftedness diagnosed? Sprite has been assessed as being in the exceptionally/profoundly gifted range http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/highly_profoundly.htm
by a psychologist with specialist knowledge of giftedness and her (unspecified) learning difficulties/different learning styles have been diagnosed by education consultants like the (fictitious) Dr. Ed Needs https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/casting-sprites-education-in-a-new-form-part-1/

Sprite has a Visual Spatial Learner style of learning
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/visual-spatial-learners/
http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/vsl.htm

Sprite has a Memory Elephant. The Memory Elephant is a personification of memory and the Visual Spatial Learner’s style of thinking https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/memory-elephant/

Character traits

As with many gifted people Sprite is an introvert and has many intensities and sensitivities including Dabrowski’s Over excitabilities which are depicted as the Five Dabrowski Dogs and can be prone to depression depicted by the Black Dogs
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/about-the-characters/

I have checked whether my readers perceive Sprite in the way I intended to portray her and have found that they did

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/gifted-island-challenge-2-getting-to-know-myself-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/gifted-island-challenge-2-getting-to-know-myself-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends-the-results-are-in/

Class or Socioeconomic Status

Gifted children come from every social class, socioeconomic and ethnic group and religious background. So how you depict your own Persona Doll is up to you and will influence your response to the cultural and lifestyle questions

For myths about giftedness see http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/columbuscheetah.htm

Languages spoken: Sprite speaks English (she would like to learn other languages)

Religion: Sprite is a Christian. Her faith is very important for her and she thinks very deeply about it and asks many questions. She has been asking questions about life and death, God, the universe, ecosystems, philosophy etc since she was very young.

What holidays does she celebrate? She celebrates Christmas https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/christmas/  and Easter https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/easter/ She wonders whether she should celebrate Halloween herself but the Dabrowski Dogs always dress up for it https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/halloween/ She also likes playing tricks on 1st April https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/april-fools-day
Socio-economic group: She is from a middle class socio-economic group neither extremely wealthy nor extremely poor

Sleep
Sprite, like many gifted children, has difficulty getting to sleep. Her brain is so active that she has trouble switching off. She is a perfectionist and will mentally review the happenings of the day and what she should/should not have done or said in the situations.She has a vivid imagination and is sure that the shadow on the wall is Leaping Attack Black Dog coming to get her.  She also has vivid dreams https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/all-the-dabrowski-dogs-part-3/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/is-there-a-dimmer-switch-for-the-memory-elephant-2/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/visit-the-pyramids-with-the-memory-elephant/

Social/friendships issues

Sprite has trouble relating to children her own age as she has very different interests which she likes to discuss at great length https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/friendships/

Food
Sprite likes most foods and her favourite flavour is chocolate.
She has been fortunate enough to try food from many different cultures.
However because of sensual overexcitabilities she does not like some textures of food such as mushy or sloppy foods. So she likes to keep food of different types separate on the plate. She also does not like food that is very spicy or too acidic or too fatty. She is not allergic to any foods but knows that many people can be.

Her friend, the gifted Twitter Bird chick, Tweetelle, has become a ‘seedetarian’ for moral reasons https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/tweetelle-becomes-a-seedetarian/

Clothes
Sprite’s favourite colour is blue and her favourite clothes are a blue skirt or shorts and a blue tee shirt. Because of sensual over excitabilities she does not like scratchy materials and does not like tags left on her clothes or having seams on her socks.

Shoes are very important (see under Do you have a tailored program?) Her favourite shoes are her De Bono pillow soft pink slippers.

She does enjoy dressing up
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/avatar-album/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/avatar-album-2/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/portrait-of-sprite-at-her-p-party/

Does she have a tailored program?

Sprite’s Site blog is about finding the educational provisions that will be most suitable for Sprite as a twice exceptional student.
She needs to be challenged in her areas of strength and supported in her areas of weakness.
Feetspeak: 2E shoes is about planning programs that will be suitable for gifted students who also have a learning difficulty or different learning style using Edward De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes as the planning tool and road testing their effectiveness using Gagne’s DMGT model.
Sprite is always depicted as having an injured left ankle and needing to wear different shoes on each foot to illustrate the concept that she needs different educational provisions for both her giftedness and her disability.

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

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/casting-sprites-education-in-a-new-form-part-1/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/debono-6-action-shoes/

So could a Sprite Persona Doll be useful to advocate for the understanding of gifted or twice exceptional students? Imaginational Dabrowski and I think she could.

I began to consider the idea of buying a persona doll
http://www.persona-doll-training.org/ukresources.html
http://www.amazeworks.org/store/p_pdoll.html
and dressing it as my Sprite (I already have all the mini versions of De Bono’s 6 Action shoes and a mini plaster cast); or of sewing one myself.

I found sewing instructions here http://www.livingcrafts.com/blog/doll-room/a-doll-for-every-child

This is what I imagine a Sprite 2E twice exceptional persona doll would look like.

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

Persona Dolls

Posted on Gifted Resources Blog on October 12, 2014

Recently I received a request from a teacher to answer some questions relating to giftedness to help her develop a persona doll for an assignment she was doing.

She supplied this information about persona dolls and the doll she intended to create.

A persona doll is a doll developed by a practitioner/educator to enable children to gain an awareness and understanding of the richness and diversity of different backgrounds and lifestyles as well as to help children learn strategies for dealing with unfairness against themselves and others.
The dolls are given personalities, family and cultural backgrounds, likes and dislikes and the stories that are created around them enable children to explore positive and negative emotions.
To be able to develop one, I need to research and consult with children and their families to develop the persona doll identity and story. This is to avoid stereotypes and to provide an authentic representation of the children and their challenges.
I believe that developing a persona doll about giftedness can also be a way to advocate because children, families and educators where it will be shared will be cognizant of the current realities and difficulties faced by children that are gifted.”

She then asked a large number of detailed questions about ethnic, socio-economic and cultural conditions and everyday life matters to help her build a unique and authentic persona for her doll.

She would have liked to ask the questions to my youngest child also, hoping to hear a child’s voice expressed. Our youngest is now in his late twenties; so was not able to provide the child voice.

After replying that gifted children can be found in every ethnic, socio-economic and religion group so she could choose whatever background she felt most comfortable to use; I answered the giftedness related questions and some of the everyday life issues questions using my twice exceptional blog character, Sprite, to personalise the answers.

I have written a separate blog post about my answers for a post on Sprite’s Site and will include the link here
http://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/could-sprite-be-a-persona-doll/

I have enjoyed searching the Internet for information about Persona Dolls.

Here are some of the interesting and helpful sites I found.

http://www.persona-doll-training.org/ukhome.html

http://www.amazeworks.org/curriculum/personadolls.html

https://extranet.education.unimelb.edu.au/ceiec/DiversityDolls/index.html

http://www.montessori.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/99725/issue_66.pdf

http://www.teachingforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ec_personadolls_english.pdf

http://maisiareflections.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/personas/

I began to consider the idea of buying a persona doll here http://www.persona-doll-training.org/ukresources.html

or here http://www.amazeworks.org/store/p_pdoll.html

and dressing it as my Sprite (I already have all the mini versions of De Bono’s 6 Action shoes and a mini plaster cast); or of sewing one myself.

I found sewing instructions here
http://www.livingcrafts.com/blog/doll-room/a-doll-for-every-child

This is what I imagine a Sprite 2E twice exceptional persona doll would look like.

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag