Monday, September 24, 2012

Make Your Mark

International Dot Day was many things to me:
  • A chance to introduce my students to one of my favorite authors/illustrators, Peter H. Reynolds.
  • A starting point for many meaningful discussions with my students about overcoming fears, believing in yourself, and creative thinking.
  • An opportunity to collaborate with other educators and classrooms - in our school, across the district, and around the country.
  • A reason for students to work cooperatively to tackle complicated but amazing projects (including a video, several painting projects, writing pieces, and goal setting activities).
  • An excuse to throw an awesome party welcoming families into the classroom to celebrate student work, build community, and stress the importance of a strong home-school connection.
Dot Day not only encouraged my students to make their mark on the world, but helped me realize why I continue to make mine through teaching.  Thank you, Mr. Reynolds, for all you do for kids and teachers around the world.  You and the characters you create are truly inspirational.  

My copy of The Dot traveled 3,000 miles
to be signed by Peter Reynolds at
the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.!

1 comment:

  1. "Dot Day not only encouraged my students to make their mark on the world, but helped me realize why I continue to make mine through teaching."

    This is one of the reasons you're so good at what you do! Reflection and introspection are certainly powerful tools in your teaching arsenal!

    - Scout

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