16 Replies Latest reply on Sep 16, 2014 6:27 PM by vkajones

    Learning Pathways- August- October 2014- International Dot Day: Part II




      We’re BACK!!!!

      We had such a great time last year sharing our inspiring stories as well as connecting, collaborating and most importantly, creating our Dot Creations, we decided to do it again.

      International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration which began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15.

      The Dot is the story of a compassionate teacher who encourages a hesitant student to trust in  herself by “making her mark”. A small dot on a sheet of paper becomes a step forward for a student in confidence, inspiring self-discovery and sharing, which continues to encourage people around the globe.

      Each year on International Dot Day (September 15, 2014) the inspiration continues. What begins as a story of an student is transforming teaching and learning as readers re-discover the power creativity. Over 1.3 million celebrated in 84 countries last year. Teachers Engage had a big part in this celebration.

      Note: The book THE DOT was written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and published by Candlewick Press (USA) You can celebrate the book on International Dot Day and year round. Sign up for a free educators guide here http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/register.


      The author of this book reminds us of the powerful influence of teachers. All it takes is one adult to change a child’s life. Watch the video version of The Dot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5mGeR4AQdM before you complete the activity below.


      Again, we would love to see your creativity in our community so here is the task to get in touch with your inner Vashti:

      1. Illustate your mark using any graphics painting program (MS Paint, TuxPaint, Paint.net or an app like Art App) and save as an image.
      2. Share the image in a reply to this post and include the software/App you used to create your artwork.
      3. In your post also share the story of a  reluctant learner who lacked self-confidence.  Also include how you motivate and encourage children to believe in their abilities so we can be inspired by YOU.
      4. Be sure to return to the thread to read and reply to our inspirational stories.


      Share your ideas between Aug 19 and October 25 to be entered into a Choose Your Prize Drawing of a prize worth up to 175.00. One of the suggested prizes for this thread would be the “Creatrilogy Box Set (Dot, Ish, Sky Color)” and another prize of your choice.


      Choose your prize:

      You now have the opportunity to choose your own prize. If we draw your name for this thread you will then have the opportunity to choose what prize you would like to have for your classroom or instructional practices use. We will contact you and you will have a choice from a variety of prizes. After you choose your prize, you would need to return to this thread and post what you chose and how you plan on implementing it in your classroom or with other educators. After you have completed your usage post, we will send you the prize of your choice.


      Note: This drawing will only become active when a minimum of 10 participants respond, which means in some cases, the drawing will take place after the above mentioned date. For a complete description and eligibility of Engage community drawings, click on the Intel Bunny Person.