Student creativity celebrated internationally on Sept. 15


“I’ve been a fan of Peter’s work for many, many years,” she explained. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that he has been a constant source of inspiration in my teaching and learning life—not only as an author/artist but as an advocate for creativity and its role in fostering the kind of education that every child and teacher deserves to know and experience.”

Maiers added that the story of The Dot is simple, but packs a “real punch,” highlighting important ideas about what people can bring to the world and to each other:

“Each and every person, the story tells us, has the ability to make a mark; and equally important, every mark has value, worth framing in ‘swirly gold.’ Every person matters, and what every person chooses to do matters. Every one of us has talents, skills, and genius inside of us. The key is choosing to use them. Reynolds’ story shows how the simple act of sharing the mark you make can inspire others to also make a mark.”

She said she loves how the story shows how an invitation, and a little encouragement, can provide someone else with the bravery to make a mark and see where it leads.

Though Dot Day is celebrated only once a year, organizers say that every day is a good day to celebrate creativity in the classroom and all it unleashes for students and teachers.

“So much of education today is about scope and sequence and content and tests,” said Maiers, “and yet, education is a uniquely human enterprise. In a fast-paced world that calls upon students to know more and know it sooner, and calls upon teachers to teach more and teach it faster, it’s important to step back and remember that students and teachers are people—and that teaching and learning is about connections between students and teachers. When we as educators tell a student that he or she matters, that his or her ideas have value, that his or her curiosity and creativity help build knowledge, we open doors we never knew existed. Students who know they matter become more engaged and committed to their own learning. And let’s face it, life-long success in a world economy and global society depends on each person’s ability to be creative in how they approach challenges, communicate with others, and get things done.”

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To learn more about Dot Day and its resources, click here.

Meris Stansbury

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