One of our favorite times of the year is Dot Day and September 15 will be here before we know it! It’s a day to celebrate connecting, collaborating, and creating and seeing where our creativity takes us. Can you believe that it’s less than 2 months away?
Now is the time to start brainstorming ideas for celebrating creativity and supporting your students in making their mark in the world. You can read all about this special day and sign up here. There is a wonderful educator’s handbook that you will receive as part of the registration.
Then head over to the Get Involved…Making a Mark page to be inspired to Read, Create, Learn and Visit on Dot Day too.
There are tons of ideas on Shannon McClintock Miller’s International Dot Day Pinterest Board.
In our own library, we’ve enjoyed reading lots of stories related to dots and creativity as well as connecting Dot Day to core subject areas.
Check out these examples:
- Ms. Kelly’s Kindergarten class studied the art of Chuck Close and filled a gigantic mural with hundreds of dots
- Through Google Hangouts, our students collaborated with students around the country to make collaborative dots in Google Drawings
- In science, students created their own plant and animal cells using Google Drawing
- After reading the book, Going Places, with Sherry Gick’s students in Indiana, two of our students made their mark by teaching Sherry’s students how to create a beading craft from our makerspace
- We’ve enjoyed countless storytimes with classes around the globe reading dot-related stories and stories of creativity including Ish, The Dot, Press Here, Mix It Up, Let’s Play, Rose’s Garden, Little Elliot Big City, and more.
For the last several years, hundreds of us have used our Google Doc as a place to make and plan lots of special connections on September 15 and throughout the week of Dot Day. When we put our minds together, we come up with amazing new ways to celebrate the day with our students.
You can add your schedule, connect with others, and start making your mark with others around the world. Check out the doc here: http://bit.ly/dotday2016
Please include your information including name, location, grade level and subject, Twitter handle and whatever else you’d like to share. As you start planning, add your schedule and ideas. Others can then look at your profile and connect if they’d like to on the Google Document with you. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out and ask.
Let’s Make Our Mark on the World! Happy Connecting!
Many thanks to Shannon McClintock Miller for co-writing this post.