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Developmentally Appropriate Practices: @

10 Effective DAP Teaching Strategies (National Association for the Education of Young Children website)
An effective teacher or family child care provider chooses a strategy to fit a particular situation. It’s important to consider what the children already know and can do and the learning goals for the specific situation. By remaining flexible and observant, we can determine which strategy may be most effective. Often, if one strategy doesn’t work, another will.

  1. Acknowledge what children do or say. Let children know that we have noticed by giving positive attention, sometimes through comments, sometimes through just sitting nearby and observing. (“Thanks for your help, Kavi.” “You found another way to show 5.”)
  2. Encourage persistence and effort rather than just praising and evaluating what the child has done. (“You’re thinking of lots of words to describe the dog in the story. Let’s keep going!”)
  3. Give specific feedback rather than general comments. (“The beanbag didn’t get all the way to the hoop, James, so you might try throwing it harder.”)
  4. Model attitudes, ways of approaching problems, and behavior toward others, showing children rather than just telling them (“Hmm, that didn’t work and I need to think about why.” “I’m sorry, Ben, I missed part of what you said. Please tell me again.”)
  5. Demonstrate the correct way to do something. This usually involves a procedure that needs to be done in a certain way (such as using a wire whisk or writing the letter P).
  6. Create or add challenge so that a task goes a bit beyond what the children can already do. For example, you lay out a collection of chips, count them together and then  ask a small group of children to tell you how many are left after they see you removing some of the chips. The children count the remaining chips to help come up with  the answer. To add a challenge, you could hide the chips after you remove some, and the children will have to use a strategy other than counting the remaining chips to come up with the answer. To reduce challenge, you could simplify the task by guiding the children to touch each chip once as they count the remaining chips.
  7. Ask questions that provoke children’s thinking. (“If you couldn’t talk to your partner, how else could you let him know what to do?”)
  8. Give assistance (such as a cue or hint) to help children work on the edge of their current competence (“Can you think of a word that rhymes with your name, Matt? How about bat . . . Matt/bat? What else rhymes with Matt andbat?”)
  9. Provide information, directly giving children facts, verbal labels, and other information. (“This one that looks like a big mouse with a short tail is called a vole.”)
  10. Give directions for children’s action or behavior. (“Touch each block only once as you count them.” “You want to move that icon over here? Okay, click on it and hold down, then drag it to wherever you want.”)

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Inspiration to be the best teacher you can be.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”  ~ Fredrick Douglas

A quote shared by Superintendent, Jason Andrews, in his keynote address last night at our Exploring the Profession: Is Teaching For Me? event.

A heartfelt thanks to all who attended.  I hope you found it as beneficial as I did.

Lisa Strahley

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Job opportunities at Campus Preschool (Binghamton University)

Binghamton University’s, Campus Preschool, is looking to hire in a few positions.  Visit the link to learn more.


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Let the (friendly) competitive games begin!

It is Spring 2015 registration season and I am anxious to see whether our

ECE or EDU students will be more active with registration!

Watch to thermometers rise on the Education board in Titchener Hall for the month of November.

Which program, ECE vs. EDU will ‘get the job done first’??

Everyone who registers for Spring 2015 between now and November 30th

will automatically be entered in a contest to win a basket full of books.

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Register TODAY!

This is a ‘must see’ event!!  Don’t miss it…  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH, FROM 6-8:30 IN DECKER HALL 201

You will have an opportunity to hear from folks in the field what it takes to be successful in teaching today, trends in the job market, challenges teachers face, how to best position yourself to be competitive in the job market and so much more. You will also have an opportunity to talk with representatives from Cortland and Binghamton University regarding transfer and degree tracks.

Register at or call 778.5001

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