We had a SUPER Dot Day this year, and a lot like last year, there was too much fun for just one day! Oh, and I realized that I forgot to mention that in addition to The Dot, we shared many other Peter Reynolds titles, and sang another Emily Arrow song, too!
OK, moving on…If you read the post from Dot Day 2016, you’ll notice a fabulous Skype opportunity we had with Ms. Hachen’s class from Kansas. This year we were not quite ready to chat with a “stranger” class yet, so Ms. Turken and I figured out a way to have our first graders learn what to do–with each other!
We had a plan to share our dot creations with each other, as well as prep kiddos for our Skype journey for this year. We started our Friday with a quick flip chart to introduce kiddos to what Skype actually is and how it works. We practiced how we would have a greeter (we decided the helper for the week could easily do this); how they would come to the computer and what they would say; as well as what everyone else should do while it’s not their turn (spoiler: they should sit quietly and watch and listen!). I even gave them a few seconds to do that crazy thing that kiddos always do when they first see themselves on the screen; allowing them to make faces and be goofy for a minute helped quell that desire for once we actually got started.
After we had practiced the procedure and were ready to receive our call, the Skype call rang. But when we answered there was only a black screen on the other end. Ms. Turken and I troubleshooted for probably close to 10 minutes, and Rm. 111 friends were AMAZING while they waited for us to figure out what to do. Jeremiah even had some super ideas about how we could fix the problem (great job, kiddo!), but somehow nothing could get our friends’ faces on our screen. 😦 Eventually, since they were just in the classroom next door, we decided to do this Skype in person. Yep, it was a first for us, too. 🙂
We headed over with our dots in hand and got all set up.
And..perhaps the best part of the whole deal was when Ms. Turken had the brilliant idea of building a computer out of blocks so kiddos would know where to do and what to do. It was GENIUS and kiddos did a super job! Check it out (in pictures first and then a rather long, but super cute video!):
I was so impressed with how well they did, how the mostly were quiet and listening, and how I am sure they’ll know what to do when it’s “for real.” YAY!!
And speaking of Dot Day creations, here they are. Can’t wait ’til they are up and displayed for us to see! Of course, I’ll share again once that happens, but they were too good to keep to myself!
Aren’t those amazing? And you know, they so inspired me that I had to join in. I didn’t do it on actual Dot Day (hope that’s ok), but I did indeed make my mark and make a dot creation with my daughter today (who is also a first grader!).
I’m excited to see them all hanging up soon, inspiring us EVERY DAY to make our marks! 🙂
So tell, how did you celebrate Dot Day?? 🙂