Developmentally Appropriate Practice

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Introduction DAP ( Developmentally Appropriate Practice ) is an approach to teaching grounded in the research on how young children develop and learn and in what is known about effective early education. It encourages teachers to know what is age appropriate at each age and stage of early development to decide which experiences are best for children’s learning and development while taking into account individual differences and needs to teach and care for each individual child. It also requires teachers to be intentional in making short and long term decisions taking into consideration of each individual child’s social and cultural background. It is a framework designed to promote young children’s optimal learning and development based in…show more content…
They were also not neatly arranged. I would suggest that a variety of materials to be displayed at the learning corners and to be rotated weekly which would lend interest to the activity and invite the child to conduct his own learning experiences. Development and learning are advanced when children are challenged just above their competency and when they have many opportunities to practice new skills. According to DAP, children learn in a variety of ways and therefore a variety of teaching methods and learning experiences should be offered to them to reach those learning styles (Bredekamp, S.,…show more content…
A child at this age would take colouring as a form of play and it would be ideal if the teacher had allowed the child to explore colouring on her own and play along in the session to sustain her enthusiasm and to discover the experience for herself. Play is an important vehicle for developing self-regulation as well as social, language and cognitive development ( Copple & Bredekamp, 2009 ). Children’s own experiences shapes their motivation and approach to learning ( persistence, initiative, flexibility ) and these dispositions in turn influence their learning and development ( Amanda Morgan., 2010, November 15.[ DAP: What Does it Mean to Use Developmentally Appropriate Practice?] Retrieved from http:// ). As Peter Dixon says it, “Sometimes people forget that play is learning and learning is

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