In Their Own Words

One of the most interesting moments this first week of school has been listening to my students put the message of the story “The Dot” into their own words. Their responses show a range and many extend way beyond their years. It has been a great opportunity for me to listen to them and set expectations for listening with the children.

We will continue to revisit this story throughout the school year. I am trying new ways to help students share their work with a broader audience and explained to them we will be using technology to accomplish that goal. They’re excited about more people seeing their art!

This week we will finish creating the collaborative dot murals. Students will also interview each other and record the responses. We will create a video of some of the responses and post it at a later time. Here are few student responses when asked to put the message of the story into their own words. I will post more next week.

“Even if you don’t appreciate your art someone else might think it’s good.”

“Anything is possible.”

“You can do anything if you work hard.”

“There are no mistakes in art.”

“Don’t be afraid to do your art your own way.”

“You never know if what you do will inspire someone.”

“No matter what you do it can still be beautiful even if it’s just a dot.”

“You can do anything you put your mind to.”

“Who cares if you can’t draw you really could if you try.”

“Even if you don’t think you can, you never give up.”

“It doesn’t matter if you think you’re a great artist or not.  If you try you can do it.”

“Anything can be art. However it looks it’s art. If you look at something closely, you can see the art in it.”

“No matter what you draw it will always be art because you made it.”


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