Using Developmentally Appropriate Practices to Teach the Common Core: Grades PreK–3, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Using Developmentally Appropriate Practices to Teach the Common Core

Grades PreK–3, 1st Edition

By Lisa S. Goldstein


332 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Using Developmentally Appropriate Practices to Teach the Common Core: Grades PreK–3 provides current and prospective primary grade teachers with an understanding of the CCSS-ELA and CCSS-M that highlights their compatibility with developmentally appropriate practices (DAP), the instructional approach generally preferred by teachers of young children.

The book begins by framing the CCSS as a distinct improvement over lengthy lists of academic content standards and as a carefully conceptualized and DAP-friendly set of curriculum guidelines. Next, the CCSS-ELA and CCSS-M for Grades K–3 are unpacked, analyzed, synthesized, and cross-referenced to key features of DAP. Finally, several "hot topic" issues—differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners, ensuring equitable access to the curriculum for English Language Learners, addressing assessment and accountability expectations, and educating parents and families about the CCSS and DAP—are prioritized and examined in depth. Using Developmentally Appropriate Practices to Teach the Common Core: Grades PreK–3 is a highly useful guide for both pre-service and in-service early childhood education teachers.


"With this resource for teacher and administrator thinking, Lisa Goldstein responds to those stuck in the narrow curriculum promoted by No Child Left Behind. This book integrates developmental thinking with high-quality outcomes to promote young children’s generative learning. It should be required reading for all those involved in early education—particularly K-12 administrators who lack understanding of developmentally appropriate practices."

--Beth Graue, Sorenson Professor of Childhood Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison, USA

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Section One. Foundations. Introduction to Section One. Chapter 1. Teaching the Common Core in Developmentally Appropriate Ways. Chapter 2. Providing Rigorous Learning Experiences for All Students. Chapter 3. Knowing Your Students as Learners. Section Two. Spotlight Skills for Teaching the Common Core State Standards. Using Developmentally Appropriate Practices. Introduction to Section Two. Chapter 4. Observing, Documenting, & Assessing Students’ Learning. Chapter 5. Differentiating Instruction to Maximize Learning for Every Student. Chapter 6. Planning “Integrated-Content” Lessons. Chapter 7. Educating Families about the CCSS. Section Three. Understanding the Common Core State Standards Documents. Introduction to Section Three. Chapter 8. Understanding the CCSS-Mathematics Standards Document. Chapter 9. Understanding the CCSS-English Language Arts and Literacy in Social Science, Science, and Technical Subjects Standards Document. Section Four. Using DAP To Teach the Common Core in Early Childhood Settings, Grade-By-Grade. Introduction to Section Four. Chapter 10. Using DAP to Teach the CCSS in Prekindergarten. Chapter 11. Using DAP to Teach the CCSS in Transitional Kindergarten. Chapter 12. Using DAP to Teach the CCSS in Kindergarten. Chapter 13. Using DAP to Teach the CCSS in First Grade. Chapter 13. Using DAP to Teach the CCSS in Second Grade. Chapter 15. Using DAP to Teach the CCSS in Third Grade.

About the Author

Dr. Lisa S. Goldstein, a former primary grade teacher, is Professor and Director of Teacher Education at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Standards (incl. Common Core)