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International Dot Day

September 15, 2019


I love the book The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds in 2003. Not long after that the International Dot Day was established and people around the world recognize the day by being creative and inspiring others.


Observed annually on September 15th since 2009, International Dot Day is a holiday in which people of all ages are encouraged to harness their own creativity and embrace their own confidence as they make their mark on the world. On this day, people are encouraged to embrace their talents – regardless of whether it’s writing, painting, drawing or some other creative medium and share their Dot Day inspiration with others. It doesn’t matter if you’re an educator or student, or a parent or child, we all have a creative spark that we can ignite with just a little bit of bravery and encouragement. And each year, the inspiration continues as people uncover the hidden power of their own creativity.


International Dot Day can be traced back to September 15, 2009. This is when teacher Terry Shay brought the book entitled “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds to his class and introduced it to his student. The Dot is a book about a teacher who encourages a doubting student to trust in her own talents and to be brave enough to make her mark on the world. The student starts off by making a small dot on a piece of paper and it leads her on a journey of self-discovery and cooperation.


A great way to celebrate International Dot Day is by reading “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds with your own children or with your students if you are a teacher. After all, the holiday started with this book in the first place. If you’re a teacher and have an interactive white board, then you can also get the Big Screen Books™ version of The Dot. That way, your students can interact with the story in a fun and exciting way.

If you want to share your efforts with International Dot Day on social media, then you can use the hashtags #DotDay or #Makeyourmark. Or you can check out one of the many Dot Day videos on the Internet today.

Resources from Peter H. Reynolds are located at THIS LINK.

Information from this post is taken from the Holidays/Calendar site at


Janie’s School on Dot Day

October 8, 2018

What did you do?

Janie Snider is an elementary visual art educator at Hancock Grammar School where she teaches students in grades 6-8.

I’m guessing that some or many of you and your students celebrated Dot Day in some way. Janie celebrated in a big way that impacted the entire school community. Student learning connected to analogous colors and also to kindness and being positive. Every student and staff member painted a dot, about 270 of them. Afterwards they were displayed in the school’s lobby for all to see and appreciate.

Janie is a Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader and this is her 25th year teaching. Janie has one of nine videos on standards-based education. This school-wide project is a great example of how Janie leads in her school. She said: “The Dot is such a great book and the dot is such a building block to so many great art works!” Peter H. Reynolds is an actor and illustrator and has done a great job connecting his book to a variety of curriculum and resources. Check them out at The Dot site.

If you did something at your school for “Dot Day” please send me an email so your idea can be shared with others on this blog. Thanks!


International Dot Day

September 17, 2018

Creativity, Courage, Collaboration

International Dot Day is all about celebrating Creativity, Courage & Collaboration! Peter H. Reynolds author of the Dot and other wonderful (pretty much children) books is the brains beyond the day. He makes it clear that it is not just one day! Last year over 10 million in 170 countries celebrated. You and your students can join the fun – check out their site for ideas that can last the whole school year. Let’s face it, who does creativity, courage and collaboration better than teachers?!! At the INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY SITE you can find details on how to get started, inspired and plan a celebration for your classroom, students and perhaps your entire school.

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