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Thursday Three TUSCALOOSA CITY SCHOOLS ELEMENTARY WEEKLY TECHNOLOGY NEWS, Volume 2

Dot Day is September 15th!

The Dot by Peter H Reynolds

One dot can launch a journey... International Dot Day is an unofficial day of celebration that takes place on or around September 15th. Classrooms around the world celebrate Dot Day using the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. It's such an exciting day because it's all about encouraging kids, no matter how small, to make a difference. In the book, the main character, Vashti, discovers how a simple act can turn into something important.

Visit The Dot Club.org to sign your class up for Dot Day and receive a free educator handbook full of activities for Dot Day!

How to Make a Friend...

Maya Angelou once said "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Oftentimes, children don't realize they have the power to make a huge difference in someone else's life. Children have a remarkable ability to make a negative or positive mark on a friend's day, week, month, year, or life. *Singing the Friend's theme song yet?*

Alicia and Amanda are firm believers that we should shout positivity so loud that the negative is hard to hear. Learning how to make a friend and being a good friend to others is one way we can amplify student voice to make a positive impact on others.

Megan over at I Teach What's Your Superpower has a list of books she used to make a "How to Make a Friend" bulletin board. Each book was read aloud and sparked a discussion of how students could be a friend to others. She even has a TPT link for a free download of the editable board and directions!

This could create a wonderful opportunity to allow children to act out/film scenarios where they are modeling how to be a good friend to other students, write encouraging notes to others, or any other initiative that our students spark as an idea. Think about the child who started the buddy benches on playgrounds to help students to feel less lonely at recess.

Splat! Math

A perfect, quick activity for Math on Dot Day (or any day) would be Splat Math by Steve Wynborney. Splat! Math serves as a missing parts number talk. Number Talks are brief discussions (5-15 minutes) that focus on student solutions for a single, carefully chosen mental math computation problem. Students share their different mental math processes aloud while the teacher records their thinking visually on a chart or board. The teacher often names the strategies each student uses. Other students may question, critique, or build on the strategies that are shared.

Through Steve Wynborney's Splat! Math, students of all ability levels can engage in meaningful math conversations. On Steve's page, you'll find PowerPoints of his Splat! Math divided into a variety of mathematical levels ranging from groups of numbers up to 10 all the way up to Fraction Splat!

Dot Day Global Connections

Lastly, Dot Day is a time that classrooms around the world are looking to connect with other classrooms in some capacity. Several teachers have gathered together to create a Dot Day Global Connections. This Google Doc contains ideas for activities and connections that can be made around Dot Day, September 15th. The Dot Day Global Connections page is divided into categories based on time zones and grades. Many classrooms are working together to conduct Mystery Skypes, read The Dot together, and have discussions about how children of all ages can make their mark on the world.

We would be happy to help you with connecting with another class for Dot Day or an activity you have in mind. Please fill out this form which will help us gain more information of how we can help serve you!

How Can We Help You?

Contact us at any time to schedule planning for these activities or more:

  • Connect on Twitter: Create your PLN!
  • Mystery Skype
  • Mystery Number Skype
  • Global Connections
  • Technology integration in classroom instruction (Whole group and small group)
  • Typing Club
  • Clever
  • Dot Day Activities
  • Global Read Aloud activities and connections
  • Google Apps for Education: Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites
  • Seesaw Digital Portfolios
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Blogging
  • Coding
Alicia Sewell & Amanda Walker

Alicia Sewell: RQES, VES, OES, MLK, TMES, and TASPA

Amanda Walker: UPES, CES, SKY, SVES, WFES, and AES

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