Comments for Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration, and Play http://investigatingchoicetime.com by: Renée Dinnerstein Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:35:11 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Hurt No Living Thing by katherine brady http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2013/07/hurt-no-living-thing/#comment-123410 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:35:11 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=730#comment-123410 I found a public school nearby that has open enrollment for all children in the district but there is a wait list. I will have to wait 2 years before he can attend. I asked about behavior charts and their public display in the classroom. They disapprove of that math and think it’s antiquated. Hooray!

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Comment on Leveled Books in Kindergarten? by Amy Binin http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/04/leveled-books-in-kindergarten/#comment-123391 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:48:48 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1499#comment-123391 Well said Renee! Forcing kindergarten students to use a leveled library is like eating genetically modified produce; it looks great on the surface, but once you sink in your teeth, the juiciness just isn’t there. Thank you for advocating for our youngest school children and the educators who work with them!

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Comment on Leveled Books in Kindergarten? by Alice Mulligan http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/04/leveled-books-in-kindergarten/#comment-123386 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:38:08 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1499#comment-123386 Thank you, Renee. I am glad to have found your blog. I am so lucky to have had the privilege of being a student observer and subsequent student teacher of yours twice! I never would have believed that education would have evolved into this fiasco that is about anything but children.

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Comment on DO MESAS HAVE SPIKES? by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/03/does-a-mesa-have-spikes/#comment-123381 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:56:53 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1477#comment-123381 Hi Marlene. Oh I’m so sorry that I was authoritarian! I’d be curious to know how this played out in the classroom, but in any case, many apologies!
Renee

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Comment on Leveled Books in Kindergarten? by David Gilbert http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/04/leveled-books-in-kindergarten/#comment-123380 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:13:03 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1499#comment-123380 Renee,
I am in agreement with you 1000 percent. Our society has changed into a factory model where test data is the byproduct of education. Therefore, children cannot be given a moment to actualize themselves and develop into competent humans. I hate what education has become and fear if I were deciding today that I would not have become a teacher. So I reaffirm your Bah and raise you two other Bahs and a Humbug to boot.
david

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Comment on DO MESAS HAVE SPIKES? by marlene star http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/03/does-a-mesa-have-spikes/#comment-123379 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:45:17 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1477#comment-123379 Here are a few kindergarten memories from my oldest child, who is 25 now: At first Amanda had trouble adjusting to kindergarten and I remember feeling angry at you, Renee, for being too authoritarian! Perhaps this is because Amanda came to PS 321 without a formal nursery school background. She only went to Hugs for two short afternoon sessions per week. I also remember her love for music and how fond she was of Mr. McGarry. ( Come to think of it, so were some of the moms, but for a different reason!) I remember being horrified at the way she would spell things but I will admit that the creative spelling did encourage her to write a great deal. She ended up majoring in English at McGill University – maybe that played a small part? Finally, I remember the poetry reading that took place toward the end of the year being a lovely event and the cute little friends she made in the neighborhood.

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Comment on Leveled Books in Kindergarten? by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/04/leveled-books-in-kindergarten/#comment-123368 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:48:46 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1499#comment-123368 This is from Julie Diamond, who sent this to me via email:
Yes! What matters is for kindergarten libraries to include a range of books. Children should be able to browse/peruse any book, easy, hard, at any time. The photo, above, shows two children immersed in the book they’re looking at – that’s what we want to see in kindergarten.
Libraries should be arranged by topic, so children can find books of interest. What matters is their interest. It makes sense to have baskets of Easy Reader books, at some point in the school year, and to have these arranged by difficulty. BUT these books should only be a very small percentage of available books. And kindergarten children should never, never, never be limited to choosing “just right” books unless they are choosing a book that they specifically want to use as Renee describes, above, to practice decoding. And what a lovely discussion Renee describes.

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Comment on Leveled Books in Kindergarten? by Joan Kramer http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/04/leveled-books-in-kindergarten/#comment-123367 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:35:04 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1499#comment-123367 Renee – thank you for this. To be honest, I had no idea this had started so long ago, although I should have known. I ended up not teaching elementary school although that had been my training. I taught parent education, ESL to adults, citizenship to adults, and then became a school librarian. I should have been a librarian all along. I worked in a K-12 school. I allowed children to check out almost any books they wanted (a few older themed books were discouraged for young ones). I also said they could return them and exchange them any time they wanted. I still think this was the right thing to do. I believe so much of school has become rigid and unimaginative, dulling children’s natural inclinations to be curious. I tried as much as I could to allow them to explore their interests in my library.
So I applaud you for successfully keeping away from leveled books. I also believe, as Piaget taught us, that we really don’t need to start teaching reading until age 7. I guess I need to moved to Finland.

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Comment on Hurt No Living Thing by katherine brady http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2013/07/hurt-no-living-thing/#comment-123329 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:05:37 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=730#comment-123329 It’s insulting! I will try to go to the next school district meeting and vent my concerns. It’s difficult for me to go because the meetings are at 6pm on Monday. I’d have to take the kids.

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Comment on Hurt No Living Thing by katherine brady http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2013/07/hurt-no-living-thing/#comment-123328 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:38:57 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=730#comment-123328 there are not a lot of special needs kids there in fact most of the kids seem very normal to me. They do not have a program for special needs kids. Pbis.org is a district-wide program and from the meeting I had on Friday they are very adamant about using the pbis.org website. I am very upset about it. All she kept saying to me is it’s proven to work. It was like talking to a brick wall. She says the Inquiry-Based article I emailed her is the type of method they follow but I don’t see it. I told her this and asked her more details on how it’s used but she hasn’t gotten back to me yet.

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