Immortality is to live your life doing good things, and leave your mark behind.-Brandon Lee
Today is International Dot Day! After reading The Dot by Peter Reynolds, we have worked on a variety of Dot Day activities. We have cut and colored dots, painted dots, made dots on our iPads and then compiled them all into a class Dot book. We wore our dots. We have written about dots, sung about dots and well, frankly, we’re all a bit dotty at this point!
The best part of today was Skyping with some other kindergarten classes internationally. A group of Apple Distinguished Educators gathered at a global institute this past July to work together. At this institute, several kindergarten teachers formed a cohort and came up with a global iTunes U course designed to connect our classes through various activities all throughout this school year. The course is Connecting Classrooms Across Continents. The enroll code is https://itunesu.itunes.apple.com/enroll/KJK-647-TDB if you’d like to join and follow along. Currently, the course involves kindergarten classes in SC, Maine, Kansas, Italy, Ireland and the UK. During our Skype today with Marc Falder’s class in the UK, we shared our dots, our writing, and how we plan to “make our mark”. The kids loved talking with each other and discussing the differences in our dress (they wear uniforms and we don’t), in time (it’s 5 hours later there) and in speech. (southern US vs British English). We found them on the globe and talked about how to get there from here.
The children were fascinated by our global friends and are anxious to talk to them again soon! Our iTunes U course will give us many opportunities to go beyond the walls of our own classrooms and connect internationally. We will see that while we are all the same, we are all different. Cultural diversity at its best!
We love The Dot and the lessons it provides. We know that all we have to do is “Make our mark…and see where it takes us.”
How will you make your mark?
Today we will do exciting new things. Let’s get to it!