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 Copple is director of Publications and Initiatives in Educational Practice at NAEYC. She was on the faculty at Louisiana State University and at the New School for Social Research. At the Educational Testing Service she co-developed and directed a research-based model for early childhood education and conducted research on children’s cognition. Her previous publications include Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs (Bredekamp & Copple 1997), Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Children 3 to 6 (Copple & Bredekamp 2006), and Educating the Young Thinker: Classroom Strategies for Cognitive Growth (Copple, Sigel, & Saunders 1984). She received her doctorate from Cornell University.
Derry Koralek, is the former chief publishing officer of NAEYC. In this role, she oversaw the development of all print and digital publishing, including books, brochures, periodicals, professional development guides, posters, and websites for educators and families, and was editor in chief of Young Children and Teaching Young Children.
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.