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International Dot Day – North Newton Elementary

file_001 file_000International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

And each year on International Dot Day – with the help of people all across the world –the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.

Teacher, Robin Gilleland at North Newton Elementary, purchased the book, The Dot and read it with her students. She said “The students and I really enjoyed reading the book.  They made dot pictures using colored dot stickers, and I tied in with learning about different cultures, which is what we do at North. We looked at examples of art made by the Aborigines of Australia. It was a good, fun day. Thanks for sharing! I had never heard of Dot Day before?!”

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