MPJH Dot Day 2016

September 16, 2016

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. (from )


Step 1: A message from Mrs. Lewis

Play the video below for your advisory class to give them the information they need to take part in International Dot Day!

*Ignore my weird face! I couldn't get it to embed at the beginning clip!*

Dot Day instructions 2016

Step 3: More inspiration (optional)

If students need more inspiration,

show this video of Peter H. Reynolds creating his dot day picture!

Ready Set Draw-ish! Peter H. Reynolds' THE DOT

Step 4: Pass out dots to students

Let students create a dot to represent themselves on our library windows. Please make sure everyone signs the back of their dot and collect your class dots. You may bring your dots to the library at the end of the day!

Bonus videos!!!! (use if needed) "Ish song" by Emily Arrow & "The Dot" read by Peter H. Reynolds

ISH Song Motions Guide - Emily Arrow & Peter H. Reynolds
Peter Reynolds The Dot on Read TV Watch or Download DownVids net

Watch for your dots to be added to our dot gallery on the library windows next week!