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International Dot Day

Today is International Dot Day. The team at All Ages of Geek will be participating in International Dot Day this year and would love to see you participate too! Before we find out how to participate let’s look at the history of International Dot Day.

What is International Dot Day?

International 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 just like you –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.”

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®

How do I take part in International Dot Day?

“There is more than one way to celebrate International Dot Day. Here are some simple ideas and great examples from past International Dot Day participants. Feel free to borrow an idea or generate an idea of your own. All it takes is a little creativity!

Read: International Dot Day is named for the classic Peter H. Reynolds storybook The Dot. Available in English and many other languages, the book shares the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to “make her mark.”

Create: Sign up and download the free Educator’s Handbook for International Dot Day. Here you will find suggestions and tools, including some great activities created by Peter H. Reynolds, to help you celebrate creativity in your classroom.

Find more about how to participate HERE

Examples of how you can participate in International Dot Day

Richard Colosi and his classroom got creative with The Dot Project, and even created this great video
Creating Dot Backgrounds in Photoshop!
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@mrsfrank1st
It is #InternationalDotDay and we are celebrating by reading @peterhreynolds
The Dot and making our very own dots! #makeyourmark
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@MrsOliverArt
All framed in swirly gold! #DotDay2020 #InternationalDotDay

All Ages of Geek & International Dot Day

We want to see you get creative during this exciting day! Send us your artwork by tagging us on Twitter and Instagram and by using the hashtag #AAOGDOTDAY #InternationalDotday so we can share your work! It is time to make your mark!

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