Why “The Dot” is a handbook for teachers

Time Space Education

The Dot is a great little book. Not only is its obvious message about drawing and creativity extremely easy for kids to understand and to be inspired by, but much more too. It’s like an allegory of good teaching.

  • The first conversation between teacher and student takes place after the “art class” itself, revealing that many of the most powerful moments of teaching happen when we least expect it.

“It’s the little conversations that build the relationships and make an impact on each student.”

Robert John Meehan

  • The second significant action by the teacher is to value what the student produces, to accept her “starting point”, as David Harste calls it. This is often where most teachers go wrong, when students don’t produce what they had in mind they sometimes tend to reject what is in front of them. This rejection can actually signify a small death for…

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