Comments for Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration, and Play http://investigatingchoicetime.com by: Renée Dinnerstein Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:13:35 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Wonders of Learning in NYC by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2014/07/wonders-of-learning-in-nyc/#comment-118899 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:13:35 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1229#comment-118899 Lisa, it sounds like you’re doing wonderful work! When you come to New York, please do get in touch with me so that we can share ideas and catch up!
Renee

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Comment on Wonders of Learning in NYC by Lisa Burman http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2014/07/wonders-of-learning-in-nyc/#comment-118892 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:05:20 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1229#comment-118892 It’s so exciting, Renee! I was fortunate to go to 3 Wonderplay conferences when I lived in NY and each one was great. Good luck with your sessions. I’m also very excited about the Wonder of Learning exhibition being in Brooklyn for such a good period of time. Here in Adelaide, we have hosted the Hundred Languages of Learning exhibition twice in the past year, complimenting and extending with our work with Thinker in Residence Carla Rinaldi. I was part of the coordinating and organisation of the first exhibition and it was such a rewarding experience. I highly recommend everyone to volunteer some time at the exhibition! You’ll meet interesting people and also get the opportunity to linger with the exhibition itself…visiting and revisiting over time. AND…I’m hoping to get there next April myself! I’m leading a Study Tour of Australian educators who will visit Boulder Journey School and then onto NYC for the exhibition. If you have recommendations of schools to visit (particularly elementary) then I’d love to chat over email…

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Comment on Wonders of Learning in NYC by Joan Kramer http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2014/07/wonders-of-learning-in-nyc/#comment-118877 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:48:22 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1229#comment-118877 Thank you for sharing. I wish I could be there. It sounds fantastic!!

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Comment on Wonders of Learning in NYC by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2014/07/wonders-of-learning-in-nyc/#comment-118874 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:28:42 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1229#comment-118874 Come to NY Tomasen!

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Comment on Wonders of Learning in NYC by Tomasen http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2014/07/wonders-of-learning-in-nyc/#comment-118869 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:51:58 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1229#comment-118869 Go Renee! This is SO cool!!

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Comment on RETHINKING THE EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS by Herb Bleich http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2014/06/rethinking-the-early-childhood-common-core-learning-standards/#comment-118725 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:13:23 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1204#comment-118725 Domain 1 (of the Pre-k Foundation for the Common Core):
“ENGAGEMENT–
1.) Actively and confidently engages in play as a means of exploration and learning.”
(followed by descriptors ‘a’ thru ‘f’ of mature aspects of play.)

Of course, the above is one-size-fits-all, just as the all-too-numerous content standards that follow. However, it did give me cover to tell the new principal that we are supposed to play in pre-k. Additional references to play appear in a few of the content standards, such as:

“Uses existing objects to represent desired or imagined objects in play or other purposeful way (e.g., plastic banana for a telephone).” Or, “Sustains interactions by cooperatively helping, and suggesting new ideas for play.”

Perhaps it’s the ultimate insult to try to standardize the development of play behaviors, but under the circumstances, I felt much better having them included.

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Comment on RETHINKING THE EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2014/06/rethinking-the-early-childhood-common-core-learning-standards/#comment-118692 Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:54:38 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1204#comment-118692 Herb, your school lost a treasure when you retired! I’m curious to know which of the pre-k standards seem appropriate to you?

As always, with warm wishes,
Renee

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Comment on RETHINKING THE EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS by Herb Bleich http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2014/06/rethinking-the-early-childhood-common-core-learning-standards/#comment-118676 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:32:27 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1204#comment-118676 Renee, your article on standards is a joy to read! As aways, you clarify the issues quite well, and I couldn’t agree more.

Ironically, I was able to put the pre-k standards to a bit of (mischievous) good use a year ago, during my final year teaching pre-k. A new principal had taken the helm, with experience limited to middle school. At one point she railed about my play-based curriculum, stating that the children would never measure up to the Common Core. I responded that the pre-k standards include quality, child-directed play, and luckily was able to hold the line. (The new pre-k teacher has unfortunately not fared as well under the pressure.)

I find it ironic that the pre-k standards, which do focus primarily on inappropriate one-size-fits-all expectations, promote some good early-childhood practice as well. It appears that knowledgeable people were tapped for at least part of the ignominious task.

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Comment on RETHINKING THE EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2014/06/rethinking-the-early-childhood-common-core-learning-standards/#comment-118385 Sun, 29 Jun 2014 03:56:06 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1204#comment-118385 Thank you Kristi. There’s so much important “work” of childhood that young children miss out on when we push them into early, heavy-duty academics. The irony is that when they playfully explore a topic that really interests them, they do so much more “life-long learning” than when they do guided reading with a silly and uninspiring A,B,C, D and E level book.

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Comment on RETHINKING THE EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS by Kristi Mraz http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2014/06/rethinking-the-early-childhood-common-core-learning-standards/#comment-118379 Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:41:17 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1204#comment-118379 Wow, Renee! Beautifully put! I have been thinking about this a lot as we wrapped our year in K- and after reading an article that shows no difference by age 11 if kids learned to read at 5 or 6- what are the standards really doing?! How can anyone defend five year olds being “below standard” when they are joyful, playful, inquiring, developing beings?! Thank you for always being an advocate of play and joy!

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