On Thursday, September 15 MMS is celebrating Dot Day! (from http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/)
Imagine the power and potential of millions of people around the world connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. I hope you will join the growing global community of creativity champions using their talents, gifts and energy to move the world to a better place.
About Dot Day
Peter H. Reynolds’ The Dot, a “story book for all ages.” Starting in 2009, a group of educators began celebrating this date as International Dot Day — a day for classes to explore the story’s powerful themes: bravery, creativity, and self-expression. “The Dot more than anything celebrates the power of creative teaching,” Reynolds explains. “Despite the test-centric world we live in, creative teachers know how to find those aha moments — much the same way that my 7th grade math teacher Mr. Matson ‘connected the dots’ between math and art, which changed my life.” To honour that moment, Reynolds dedicated The Dot to Mr. Matson. The Dot tells the story of a caring teacher who reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way. In Reynolds’ book, the teacher dares a very resistant Vashti to “make her mark.” Vashti’s breakthrough begins with a simple dot on a piece of paper. Encouraged by her teacher, she sets off on a journey of self-discovery, letting her creativity bloom and, ultimately, inspiring others. Teacher Terry Shay believed so fully in the power of The Dot that he “made his mark” by declaring September 15th International Dot Day. He encouraged fellow teachers to read the book and then create their own dots. Dot Day caught on quickly. Since the first Dot Day in 2009, the numbers of participating educators and students around the globe have skyrocketed. More and more schools are joining in the fun every year. One simply has to search #DotDay on Twitter to witness the enthusiasm of teachers gearing up for this year’s Dot Day. Posts and links adorn the wall of the International Dot Day Facebook page. Educators are also spreading the word about Big Screen Books: The Dot, a group story-sharing software program that allows students to interact with the story on a computer or interactive whiteboard. How does Reynolds recommend celebrating? “Spread the word… On International Dot Day, read The Dot, wear dots, eat dots, draw dots, frame dots, connect the dots, splurge on art supplies, try a new medium — a new instrument, write a poem, rearrange your furniture, reconnect the dots with an old friend, make something, or make something with a friend. Share your creativity with the world.”
It’s all about getting kids to be creative and to make their mark on their world (in a positive way).
Students (and staff) are encouraged to clothing with wear dots on it (or you can add dots to clothing somehow – be creative!).