Comments for Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration, and Play http://investigatingchoicetime.com by: Renée Dinnerstein Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:46:34 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Nature and Nurture: the best of pre-k by Tomasen Carey http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/02/1436/#comment-122832 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:46:34 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1436#comment-122832 Ahhh… the beauty of nature, children and a respectful teacher is sheer heaven as you show how curiosity, trust and student’s lead this study! Thanks for sharing Renee!!

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Comment on As I Sit Here: Thinking about Pre-k by Maggie http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/01/inquiry-and-investigation-pre-k/#comment-122731 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:29:58 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1414#comment-122731 I teach in SC. I’m at a very good school and district. However, this big change feels like it is a panic from the district and they are trying to make a change to stay ahead of everyone else. I think they are pushing the teachers in the wrong direction.

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Comment on As I Sit Here: Thinking about Pre-k by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/01/inquiry-and-investigation-pre-k/#comment-122721 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:32:08 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1414#comment-122721 Pat, I would extend that to kindergarten!

Renee

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Comment on As I Sit Here: Thinking about Pre-k by Pat Johnson http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/01/inquiry-and-investigation-pre-k/#comment-122719 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:48:45 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1414#comment-122719 Correction … “by the end of Pre-K!”

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Comment on As I Sit Here: Thinking about Pre-k by Pat Johnson http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/01/inquiry-and-investigation-pre-k/#comment-122718 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:47:56 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1414#comment-122718 Thanks for another great post, Renee! Four and five year olds do NOT need to be READING but the end of PreK!

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Comment on As I Sit Here: Thinking about Pre-k by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/01/inquiry-and-investigation-pre-k/#comment-122717 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:52:15 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1414#comment-122717 Hello Maggie

Your teaching situation makes me feel so sad. I guess we (teachers and parents) need to be very vocal in our opposition to this abuse of childhood and we need to also be vocal in offering alternatives. Do you teach in New York or somewhere else?

Renee

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Comment on As I Sit Here: Thinking about Pre-k by Maggie http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/01/inquiry-and-investigation-pre-k/#comment-122714 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:38:50 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1414#comment-122714 Congratulations on having your book published! I can’t wait to read it! I started following your blog a few years ago when I started teaching 4k. I currently teach 2nd grade and I wanted to comment on a few things you posted. We have known for awhile that kindergarten is the new first grade but not many people have realized how that shifted all the other grades. 2nd grade feels more like 3rd grade with the amount of assessments we give. I feel less effective because I have less time to deeply analyze the assessments that really matter. Instead, I feel like I’m giving pretests, mid cycle tests, post tests…when I already knew what kids needed because I have watched these kids everyday and talked to them. Now I have to change my writing workshop into…prompt writing. Why? Because of new standardized testing in the older grades. And it’s not just second grade. 4k and up have to submit plans on how they are going to add timed prompt writing. I am starting to think that the big push for 4k in schools is not to give kids a beautiful exploration and socialization year, not to catch kids before they fall behind, not to get then excited about learning, but to start the skill and drill for 3rd grade earlier.

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Comment on As I Sit Here: Thinking about Pre-k by Renee http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/01/inquiry-and-investigation-pre-k/#comment-122713 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:23:49 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1414#comment-122713 Thank you Maryann.
It’s so wonderful to hear that education students are being taught by someone who is passionate about education!

Very best wishes
Renee

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Comment on As I Sit Here: Thinking about Pre-k by maryann moran http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/01/inquiry-and-investigation-pre-k/#comment-122711 Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:47:23 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1414#comment-122711 I truly enjoyed your classroom photos. They are so reminiscent of my days as a preschool teacher. For many years now I am a childcare director and I cherish the teachers who embrace the true nature of young children. Through my work as an Adjunct in the CUNY system I hope to instill some passion into the art of Early Childhood teaching.

Thank you.

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Comment on As I Sit Here: Thinking about Pre-k by Nancy Workman http://investigatingchoicetime.com/2015/01/inquiry-and-investigation-pre-k/#comment-122710 Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:46:30 +0000 http://investigatingchoicetime.com/?p=1414#comment-122710 Great to read this entry, and also to catch up on some previous ones–including about your recent observations of art museums in London! All best!

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