Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Children in First, Second, and Third Grades
Edited and compiled just for teachers, this resource explains developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) so teachers can apply DAP in their work with children in first, second, and third grades. Chapters include:
What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
A brief introduction to the main ideas of DAP
Teaching Children in First, Second, and Third Grades
Connecting DAP to excellent teaching
An Overview of Development in the Primary Grades
Overview of learning and development in first, second, and third grades
Developmentally Appropriate Examples to Consider
Examples of key DAP practices, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well
Supporting Children’s Learning While Meeting Standards
Connecting the standards to DAP
Young Children Articles
Ten articles from Young Children that provide examples of applying developmentally appropriate practice when working with children in first, second, and third grades
Carol E. Copple, PhD, is an early childhood consultant in Nashville, Tennessee. In her career, she has held numerous academic, research, and policy positions. From 1976–1980, Carol directed the early education program at the Educational Testing Service, where she worked with Carolyn Edwards. She was the director of publications and initiatives in educational practice at NAEYC from 1993–2010. firstname.lastname@example.org
Derry Koralek is president of DGK & Company, providing early childhood educational consulting to a variety of clients, including teachers and family child care providers. Previously, she served as editor in chief of Young Children and Teaching Young Children and also as Chief Publishing Officer at NAEYC.
Kathy Charner is editor in chief of NAEYC’s Books and Related Resources department, with responsibility for the content, management, publication, and general excellence of the books and brochures published by NAEYC. Before joining NAEYC, Kathy was editor in chief at Gryphon House for more than 20 years.
Sue Bredekamp is an early childhood education consultant in Washington, DC. She has consulted for NAEYC, the Council for Professional Recognition, the Head Start Bureau, and state and local departments of education, and served on the Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics of the National Research Council. She developed a satellite television course on early literacy, HeadsUp! Reading. While director of Accreditation and Professional Development at NAEYC (1981–1998), she was responsible for a number of major NAEYC position statements and publications including those on developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum and assessment, literacy, and accreditation.