Comments for Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration, and Play http://investigatingchoicetime.com by: Renée Dinnerstein Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:50:42 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on In the Hands of Children (with addendum) by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2016/11/in-the-hands-of-children/#comment-126210 Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:50:42 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1866#comment-126210 Hi Cathy
Thank you…and thank you Fanny. Actually Fanny, Dana Roth, and Katie Rust-Brown and I are meeting over the holiday break to talk about how we can support children in using Choice Time to find and explore a passion or burning question. We’ll see…

Renee

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Comment on In the Hands of Children (with addendum) by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2016/11/in-the-hands-of-children/#comment-126209 Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:47:02 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1866#comment-126209 Hi Aeriale.
I would love to read that passage. Listening is so much more important AND often more difficult than I would have expected when I first started teaching (in the dark ages!)

I can’t wait to follow your kindergarten year. Keep a diary!

Renee

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Comment on In the Hands of Children (with addendum) by Aeriale http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2016/11/in-the-hands-of-children/#comment-126192 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:57:07 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1866#comment-126192 That very last line, Renee! I am working on developing a pedagogy of listening, like really listening, this year. There’s a passage in a book I purchased in Reggio Emilia about developing a pedagogy of listening that I have been re-reading and allowing to infiltrate my teacher being for a couple of years now. I should scan it to you in an email. Thank you for sharing this fantastic story. It’s inspiring! xo

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Comment on In the Hands of Children (with addendum) by Kathy Collins http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2016/11/in-the-hands-of-children/#comment-126187 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:32:05 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1866#comment-126187 Dear Renee,
This is such a wonderful classroom story to share…there’s a simplicity here that is so beautiful – truly child-initiated, and Fanny Roman was there to listen and support the children’s intentions while creating opportunities for them to pursue their interest in a variety of ways.

I really appreciate this post because sometimes wonderful choice time examples can seem so mysterious, in terms of how they originate and how they are fostered. We can often see ‘product’ of choice time, but you help us really understand…here in your blog and in your book! Thanks, Renee! XOXO

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Comment on In the Hands of Children (with addendum) by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2016/11/in-the-hands-of-children/#comment-126178 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:10:37 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1866#comment-126178 Thank you Mary Anne. This year we are going to spend more time diversifying the documentation, including videos, transcripts and children’s journal entries. Let’s see what we get! And yes, Fanny is a wonderful listener and knows when to step in and when to step back. I’m lucky to be working with her.

Wasn’t it fun spending time together at NCTE?

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Comment on In the Hands of Children (with addendum) by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2016/11/in-the-hands-of-children/#comment-126177 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:04:15 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1866#comment-126177 Thanks Nancy. Well, I’m going to give this a try in Jeremy’s 4th grade class. It will look different and the same…or so I hope!

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Comment on In the Hands of Children (with addendum) by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2016/11/in-the-hands-of-children/#comment-126176 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:03:20 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1866#comment-126176 Thank you Joan. I must also extend your compliment to the wonderful teacher, Fanny Roman. She’s smart and sensitive. A wonderful combination!

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Comment on In the Hands of Children (with addendum) by Joan Kramer http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2016/11/in-the-hands-of-children/#comment-126175 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:55:28 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1866#comment-126175 This is so splendid! I am just enamored of your way of teaching, of allowing children real choice unlike the fake choice talked about today. I still hold onto materials I hope a teacher can use – oatmeal boxes (for drums), toilet paper rolls (maracas), fabric (so many uses), colored papers, unused stationery I receive as incentive to donate, etc. But I don’t find too much interest since teachers I know don’t have time. So tragic. I wish that teachers stage a huge revolt and refuse to teach to the test and open up centers. I even tried to do this in my library.

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Comment on In the Hands of Children (with addendum) by Mary Anne Sacco http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2016/11/in-the-hands-of-children/#comment-126174 Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:15:33 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1866#comment-126174 I’m inspired by this, and your presentation at NCTE, Renee. The key in this kindergarten classroom is that Fanny, their teacher, listened. She observe red, listened and responded to what the children were curious about. She provided them with the environment (as you discuss often – the second teacher), the tools, but not the ideas. The ideas were nurtured by their teacher. You should also include their reflection in their “reflection journals.” I appreciated that idea from you. Thanks, Renee.

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Comment on In the Hands of Children (with addendum) by Nancy Workman http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2016/11/in-the-hands-of-children/#comment-126173 Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:49:56 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1866#comment-126173 What a joy to read! These kinds of curricula warm my Bank Street-trained heart. Thanks, Renee!

Personally, I wonder if the bigger challenge involves how to address the need for such learning among older students.

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