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WEEK 3 ASSIGNMENT 1 Mandated Curriculum vs. DAP Nora Balderas ECE311: Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods (CNK1608A) Professor: Amy Johnson March 7, 2016
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MANDATED CURRICULUM VS. DAP 2 Dear members of the Pleasanton ISD School board, My name is Nora Balderas and I am writing this letter out of concern about the new state- mandated, textbook-based curriculum for kindergarten. I respectfully must disagree with you and I hope you all may understand and take another approach into consideration. A different approach I wish you may consider is DAP. Developmentally appropriate practice also known as DAP is the practice of teaching based on developmental and cultural knowledge of both individuals and groups of children and their families. By using this type of teaching approach teachers meet young children where they are by stage of development both as individuals and as part of a group. This approach can be very effective if all teachers are familiar with it. If we
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