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September 2018

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F O C U S I N PAGE SPONSORED BY: CONTINUED ON PAGE 45. Making Our Mark on Dot Da Elementary students make their marks on a paper-covered table. B y now, you have probably heard of International Dot Day (Sep- tember 15), inspired by the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The Dot tells the story of an art teacher who reaches out to a frus- trated student by daring her to "make a mark." The student begins with a simple dot on a piece of paper which her teacher proudly hangs on the wall. This encouragement leads the student to inspire others. International Dot Day Since 2009, Dot Day has grown into a day when art teachers and class- room teachers around the world focus on the dot as a symbol of brav- ery, creativity, and self-expression. Every year I have had the intention of celebrating Dot Day, but with it being so early in the year, I struggle to fit it in. This year was the same until Hurricane Harvey hit our area. We had three days of school and then we were out for two weeks. There was so much destruction and trauma that students were facing. I was challenged with planning a lesson for my Michele Rose book, the student was inspired by her teacher, and she inspired someone else in turn. We related that to how people in Houston helped one another during the storm for no reason other than they could. Then we brain- stormed ways we could use those experiences to inspire or help others. I posed the question: "What nice things could we do for someone for no reason other than to be nice?" Making Their Marks After our discussion, students got down to making their marks on the paper-covered tables. They looked at different pictures of dots and I dem- onstrated making different-sized dots with the paint. At first, I let students choose their own color of paint, but that was too chaotic with all of the moving around, so after a while I chose a team leader at each table. The team leader moved the paint and brushes to the next table. The same students painted with all the colors at the same table. Only the paints moved. students that not only got them back into the swing of things, but allowed them to have a little fun and express themselves in a creative way. Introducing the Dot Our first day back, I hit the ground running and had cut brown kraft paper to fit each of my round tables. I taped the paper to the underside of the tables so it wouldn't move around as students worked on it. I also had containers of tempera paint and brushes ready to go. We watched The Dot on www. and talked about the themes of creativity and bravery as we related it to their recent experi- ences with the hurricane and flooding in our area. We discussed how, in the Dot Da as grown into a da here art teachers and classroom teachers around the world focus on the dot as a s mbol of braver , creativit , and self-expression. 42 SEPTEMBER 2018 SchoolArts CONTINUED FROM PAGE 42. Advertiser Index Advertiser Page ACMI 45 AMACO 13, CIII Bailey 8 Blick Art Materials CIV Davis Publications CII, 4, 11, 45, 47, 48 Handy Art 48 Kiss-Off 46 L&L Kilns 2 NAEA 7 Sakura 46 Skutt 1 Curator's Corner 49 Documenting Children's Meaning 49 Envisioning Writing 49 L&L Kilns 49 The Open Art Room 50 Orangemonkie 50 Pedro de Lemos, Lasting Impressions: Works on Paper 50 Royalwood 50 SchoolArts Digital Edition 51 SchoolArtsRoom 51 SUPERTITE Adhesives 51 Youth Art Month 51 The SHOP Page Get Published! Write for SchoolArts! school arts Adaptation vs. Appropriation Inspiring Creativity since 1901 Summer 2018 $4.95 Wondering what to write about? SchoolArts publishes a variet f articles—studio lessons for all levels, K–12; advocac ; classroom management; innovative responses to ever da hallenges art teachers face; differentiated instruction; and more. Just think abou our successes in the artroom and start writing! —Nanc alkup, Editor-in-Chief For more information, visit SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 45 the project, I was left with thirty-six very large dots. We hung them all in the hallway. Everyone loved them and teachers even came to ask me if they could have a dot when we were done. Dot Day Celebration We celebrated Dot Day by wearing polka dots, singing "The Dot Song" by Emily Arrow, and posing for pic - tures in front of our dots. My students may have gone through a disaster, but I think creating the dots gave them a good memory of returning to our school. Even though we have been back to school for months, students are still talking about Dot Day and how we "made our mark!" If you would like more informa- tion on Dot Day, you can simply do a search on Instagram, Google, or Pinterest to see tons of ideas. You can also download a free Dot Day Educator Handbook at the Web Link below. Michele Rose is an art teacher at Rita Drabek Elementary School in Sugar Land, Texas. michele.rose @ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K

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