The guidance tradition today

a. Developmentally appropriate practice responds to the level of development and the needs of each child. Observe an instance of developmentally appropriate practice in a classroom. What are typical behaviors of the children? How does the teacher handle any problems that may arise? How do the teacher’s actions compare to developmentally appropriate guidance practices identified by NAEYC in the chapter?

b. Interview two teachers at the prekindergarten to third-grade level who are familiar with the term developmentally appropriate practice. How are theteachers’ comments similar? How are the comments different? How do each teacher’s comments compare to the discussion of DAP in the text?