Investigating Choice Time

Episode 5 with Renee Dinnerstein
April 6, 2022

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In our April 6th episode, Kisha Reid is in conversation with Renee Dinnerstein,  a veteran early childhood educator with over 50-years experience.  She and Kisha are going to talk about her work in New York City and the idea of setting up classrooms to accommodate a child’s natural inclination toward play and the importance of having classrooms that nurture their imagination and empathy that comes from inquiry, play and children making choices.

“The bottom line is when children are at play, they’re not just playing––they’re learning machines, and play is the engine that drives them.”  

Guest bio:

She has over 50 years of experience, having taught both in Italy and the United States. She spent eighteen years as an early childhood teacher at P.S. 321, one of New York City’s leading elementary schools. She served as the teacher-director of the Children’s School Early Childhood Inclusion Annex and worked also as an Early Childhood Staff Developer in the New York City Department of Education, Division of Instructional Support, she received the Bank Street Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award in 1999 and is the author of CHOICE TIME: How to Deepen Learning Through Inquiry and Play (Pre-k – Second Grade)


Renee’s blog, Investigating Choice Time

Her book, published by Heinemann in 2016, Investigating Choice Time

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You can also read our monthly blog to learn more about the importance of play for young children.

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