Friday, September 23, 2011

What a FUN Week Celebrating DOT Day!

What a wonderful week at Brook Forest and Van Meter Schools!

All week long we celebrated International Dot Day.  The students and teachers showed their creativity and let their voice be heard by making their mark in the library, art rooms, and between our two schools.

We loved sharing The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds with our students.  Teachers, students, guest readers, and others read the book, along with us, to all of the students within our schools. It was so much fun seeing beautiful watercolored, coffee filter dots being made; amazing iPad art being created and shared, and our "red (read) carpets" fill up with hundreds of marks and signatures.

In the art rooms at Van Meter, a GIANT DOT was created and signed by over 600 people within the building.  The students created 2-D and 3-D art work making their MARK!  This art work is now decorating the libraries and hallways of our schools.

On Thursday afternoon, we also welcomed two amazing authors into our schools via a Skype conference call.  Erica Perl, author of Dotty and Chicken Butt, and Eric Wight, author of the Frankie Pickle series, shared with our students and answered questions.  It was so much fun.
Shannon's 6th grade technology literacy created Google SketchUp Candy Lands and Candy Lands created from DOT boxes.  They were amazing.  We Skyped with John's students so the Van Meter creators could present their projects to them.  After the presentation, all of the students voted on their favorite Candy Land using the VM Candy Land Competition Wiki.   Over 500 people around the world have now voted.....VOTING ends today so please cast you vote on the wiki too.  

Our celebration was mentioned in Publishers's Weekly this week in the article "Kids Make Their Mark on International Dot Day."  John's student will be so excited to see himself on the site with his iPad Dot artwork too.  

We both agree that our Dot Day (Week) Celebration was the best event we have ever had together....although we say that every time. :)  Next year we will be so excited to celebrate too.  

But until then, we will empower our students every day to make their mark on the world!