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Developmentally Appropriate Practices By Jordan Brungardt ECE 203: Intro to Curriculum & Instruction for the Early Childhood Classroom Instructor Jennifer Zaur 07/20/2020 Introduction: The following presentation will guide you through a preschool classroom that incorporates DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Teaching Practices). You may find yourself wondering, “But what are developmentally appropriate practices?” A simple definition of developmentally appropriate practices would be a setting and curriculum that meets the physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of children stemming from child development theories and observations of children's individual strengths and weaknesses, (Bietz, 2019). A DAP classroom is an environment that uses active learning that involves a balance between teacher-led and child-centered growth. By incorporating an active learning environment, a teacher helps children develop a sense of community, make decisions, and resolve conflicts, (Bietz, 2019). . Developmental Age ▪ 3-5 years old (Preschool) ▪ Every day brings something new. ▪ You see the results of your work – sometimes right away. ▪ You get to remember what it’s like to be a kid. ▪ They are little comedians, who are also honest. Developmental Milestones Definitions ▪ Gross motor- walks with agile ▪ Fine motor – assembles simple puzzles ▪ Cognitive – Matches pictures to objects ▪ Language – speaks in complete sentences, typically of 3-5 w ...
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