The Dot tells the story of a caring teacher who reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way. The teacher dare's Vashti, the student, to "make her mark." Vasti'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, inspire others. (Dot Day Manuel)
Dot Day was declared by teacher Terry Shay in 2009 and quickly spread across the world. This year there are more than 9 million kids celebrating Dot Day in 169 countries. To become part of the movement visit the International Dot Day sight.
Since I am teaching a STEAM class, I get to celebrate Dot Day everyday this week. Here are a few pictures.
Watch the animated poem below by Peter Reynolds as a tribute to teachers and their vital role in nurturing the learning spirit in every child.