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Sydney Geyer

SED 202
Dr. Harris
April 14, 2013
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
It is vital that, as future educators, we learn and truly understand
the importance of the stages of the human life cycle. With this being
said, one must grasp the concept and use it in the moment in order for
the child to gain every benefit possible. Teachers cannot constantly
focus on teaching a childs skills only for the future, but also skills that
are crucial to a child in their present age and state of development. A
child needs to be viewed as a person and respected for such. The
uniqueness, abilities and worth of each child will be developed during
their early childhood years so it is inevitable that the teacher of this
age will have a huge impact on the childs life forever. The childteacher relations have endless possibilities on the influence on a
childs life.
If all domains are not met appropriately then other domains can
suffer, as well. This is because many of the developmental domains
are interrelated. If done correctly, the interrelationships of these
domains can be used to the teachers benefit because multiple domains
can be met at once depending upon the activity and lesson. The
student will be able to make meaningful connections between these
domains as they develop if they are taught in ways that the
developmental domains coincide.

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Development occurs in children in an orderly sequence in most
cases. This means that later abilities, skills and knowledge build upon
ideas that have been previously acquired. Some researchers of human
development indicate that relatively stable, predictable sequences of
growth and change occur in children during the first nine years of their
early stages of life. This further proves the point that this is a crucial
period in a childs life to have strong influences in each of the
developmental domains.
Cumulative and delayed effects come out of early experiences all
dependent upon the individual child. Certain types of development
and learning will have higher rates of optimal periods. Children are
blank slates, as John Locke once said, and this is a very important thing
for educators to remember. Whether the experience be positive or
negative, the early experiences are cumulative if the experience
occurs repeatedly. If the event or experiences only happens a few
times then it may have minimal effects on the child and his or her
development. This type of pattern can be observed in children that are
able to speak more clearly at an early age. These children were
probably once babies that cried often in an attempt to vocalize their
wants and needs.
Development continues to move on a path towards greater
complexity, organization and internalization. In early childhood ages,
the learning skills grow from behavioral knowledge to symbolic or

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representational knowledge. For example, at a very young age
children learn and understand how to navigate to and from their homes
and other family settings that they are familiar with.
Children are active learners, drawing on direct physical and
social experience as well as culturally transmitted knowledge to
construct their own understanding of the world around them. Children
also contribute to their own development and learning through their
daily experiences in the home, classroom/daycare and their
community. From the day a child is born, he or she is constructing
their own understanding from their experiences, which links them
directly to the sociocultural context of the life that we live.
Biological maturation and the environment have a huge impact
on development and learning. This means that the environment in
which a child constantly interacts will affect the way that the child
grows, learns and develops. This concept can be explained simply by
saying that human beings are and will always be products of both
heredity and environmental influences. These forces are interrelated
with one another due to their inevitable effects on development and
growth.
Play is endlessly reward for the short-term and long-term effects
that it has on children and their development. This domain is a vehicle
for childrens social, emotional, and cognitive development. Play can
also be a reflection on a given childs development. Interactive

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processes, such as play, are held very high in the priorities of an early
childhood program because of the importance it has on the developing
processes.
A caring community for learners is a domain that I hold with very
high regards as I observed this at the CDC. Manners are a very
important piece to this element. The children will be taught their
manners at this age and the way in which they learn and utilize them
will carry them through their lives. These children will be a part of a
community for the rest of their lives so the skills that they are learning
at this age will be a part of their lives forever.
Assessment is another crucial part of education. Teachers must
know how to appropriately assess children to confirm that they have
learned the content material of the lesson that was taught. Repetition
is so much of learning at this age. It is smart to have the children
repeat instructions back to you to ensure that they understand what
they are supposed to do.
Development and learning both occur in and are influenced by
multiple social and cultural contexts. Not only do the students count in
English, but they also count their number in Spanish. I believe this is a
good idea because you may have children who are experienced with
culture more so than others.
Children being active learners is one of the most important
domains to recognize for the benefit of the child. Hands-on learning

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styles are endlessly beneficial to young learners. They will both enjoy
and benefit from this type of learning more than any other style.
Movement involvement in these activities will help the children to exert
energy along with absorbing the content of the dance/song.
Developmentally appropriate practice has continued to grow
stronger and better for years and this process will continue with time
and research. With the changes and advances in these ideas it will
require continued education on the topic but this will be infinitely
rewarding to the children. This process of DAP will also help the
children to give extra assistance to children that need it in the
classroom. In conclusion, developmentally appropriate practice will
forever benefit children and teachers in the classroom, and ultimately
in life.