At a recent SRCD conference, several friends and colleagues were lamenting the budget cuts that seem ubiquitous these days, and we were expressing sorrow that many who teach lifespan development simply can’t get funded to attend national (or even local) conferences.

From that conversation grew the idea for a teaching tips booklet. My goal has been to gather the best classroom practices in the teaching of lifespan development from colleagues around the country and put them in one place, in a convenient format that allows for easy copying and dissemination. Most of the activities in this booklet involve worksheets, classroom or small-group discussions, or writing assignments. Below is the table of contents for the booklet. Click on the highlighted links for samples.

The complete Teaching Tips for Experiencing the Lifespan is available now. If you'd like a copy, email me at janetbelsky@worthpub.com.

Janet Belsky


Teaching Tips to Accompany Experiencing the Lifespan
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Pre-reading Tips for Experiencing the Lifespan
1. Class Exercise: Reviewing the Course
2. Discussion: A Sociohistorical Perspective on Development

General Tips for Experiencing the Lifespan
3. Writing Assignment: Stimulating Human Growth and Development Students to Read
4. Project & Writing Assignment: Promoting Reflective Thinking
5. Project & Discussion: Discovering the Lifespan
6. Writing Assignment: Interaction and Assessment Logs

Tips for Every Chapter in Experiencing the Lifespan
7. Project & Writing Assignment: Building a Lifespan Scrapbook
8. Project & Writing Assignment: Scrapbook Assignment
9. Writing Assignment: Newspaper Article Project

Tips for Chapter 1 of Experiencing the Lifespan: The People and the Field
10. Worksheet: Who Are You? Identity and Phase of Life
11. Discussion: Milestones of the Lifespan
12. Class Exercise & Discussion: Lifespan Predictions
13. Class Exercise: Researcher for the Day
14. Class Exercise & Discussion:Research Methods: Radio Activity and Library Research Journal Project
15. Class Exercise: Coercion in Research: A Research Ethics Experience
16. Class Exercise: Theories of Development
17. Class Exercise: Introduction to Genetics or Can You Curl Your Tongue?
18. Class Exercise & Discussion:Nature versus Nurture
19. Writing Assignment: Your Clone:Nature/Nurture
20. Discussion:Serial Killer: Nature versus Nurture
21. Writing Assignment: Cognitive Development:Piaget’s Stages
22. Worksheet: Piagetian Concepts
23. Writing Assignment: Piaget or Erikson:Critical Thinking Paper
24. Class Exercise:Review of Developmental Theories

Tips for Chapter 2 of Experiencing the Lifespan: Pregnancy, Prenatal Development, and Birth
25. Discussion: Infertility
26. Survey Activity: Children and Gender Stereotypes

Tips for Chapter 5 of Experiencing the Lifespan: Physical and Cognitive Development
27. Class Exercise: Brain Development
28. Class Exercise: Metaphorical Map:Information Processing and Memory
29. Class Exercise: Defining Language Activity
30. Class Exercise: Emerging Physical and Cognitive Skills in Middle Childhood

Tips for Chapter 6 of Experiencing the Lifespan: Socioemotive Development
31. Class Exercise & Discussion: Comparing Ecological Systems of Childhood
32. Writing Assignment: Short Paper Topics

Tips for Chapter 7 of Experiencing the Lifespan: Settings for Development: Home and School
33. Class Exercise: Parenting Do’s and Don’ts
34. Discussion: Why Send Children to School?
35. Class Exercise:The “Draw a Tree”Test
36. Writing Assignment: Literature for Children and Representation of Gender
37. Project & Writing Assignment: Service Learning Project

Tips for Chapter 8 of Experiencing the Lifespan: Physical Changes
38. Project: Remembering Early and Middle Adolescence
39. Class Exercise & Survey: Remembering My Adolescence
40. Writing Assignment: Designing an Educational Pamphlet on Puberty
41. Writing Assignment: Reproductive Health and Sex Education Programs: If You Were in Charge,What Would You Do?

Tips for Chapter 9 of Experiencing the Lifespan: Cognitive and Socioemotional Processes
42. Class Exercise: Understanding Ethnic Identity
43. Class Exercise: Find Someone Who: Piaget
44. Project & Discussion:Adolescent Development and Risk-Taking Behaviors
45. Discussion: Legal Treatment of Adolescents
46. Worksheet & Discussion:Real-Life Examples of Moral Reasoning
47. Project & Writing Assignment:Design the Ideal High School
48. Project: Birthing Our Children

Tips for Chapter 10 of Experiencing the Lifespan: Constructing an Adult Life
49. Survey: Adulthood
50. Class Exercise: Male versus Female Cognition
51. Writing Assignment: What is Your Personality?: Myers-Briggs Personality-Type Indicator
52. Class Exercise: Personality Using Myers-Briggs Types

Tips for Chapter 11 of Experiencing the Lifespan: Relationships and Roles in Adulthood
53. Project & Discussion: Gender Stereotypes
54. Survey Activity: Why Do We Want Children?
55. Class Exercise: Recognizing Diversity in American Families: “Emily Has Two Mommies”
56. Writing Assignment: Online Discussion Questions About Development

Tips for Chapter 12 of Experiencing the Lifespan: Midlife
57. Class Exercise:Applying Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development

Tips for Chapter 13 of Experiencing the Lifespan: Later Life: Cognitive and Socioemotional Development
58. Class Exercise: Critical Thinking Activity:Stereotypes of Aging

Tips for Chapter 14 of Experiencing the Lifespan: The Physical Changes of Old Age
59. Writing Assignment: Older Adults

Tips for Chapter 15 of Experiencing the Lifespan: Endings: Death and Dying 60. Discussion: Death and Dying
61. Writing Assignment: Death History and Awareness Activity
62. Class Exercise: How to Move a Graveyard

General Application of Development Concepts to Personal Experience
63. Worksheet: Emotional Expression

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