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The last week - Tuesday, December 18, 2018
The first half of the week we have class. Our second class is dedicated to our fourth exam.

You can expect that I will have calculated and entered your final grade by Monday, December 24th. If you are curious about your grade on the 4th exam, the only way to find that out is to email me. Feel free.

I mentioned to some of you that I would post a set of notes that I had used in a prior semester. Look for it in the documents section, but do not ignore the study guide/reading list that I gave you earlier. Some things ARE on the exam and the reading list and NOT in the notes.

Have a wonderful holiday, and a happy new year! 
Exam week - Monday, November 26, 2018
The second half of the week will be devoted to the third exam. Study guide is posted at left, as is the Notes on Parenting (remember that not everything in that file is on your test; use the study guide).

As promised, I am posting your last assignment, which is due December 6th (section CA) or December 7th (sections EA, FA and GA). This is an essay, so there is no research to discuss. The essay was written by one of my heroes, the neurologist Oliver Sacks, at the time that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He survived 6 months after this essay, and produced many more essays and an autobiography in that time.  I am going to post a link to his obituary so that you can get more information about his life and work, but it is the essay that I want you to use to answer the Ongoing Questions. I do urge you to read the obit, which is the first link on the right side of this page, but it's the essay that is important here. As always, click on the last words of this post. read more ...
Week 12: Happy Thanksgiving! - Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Have a wonderful and safe holiday.
Two reminders:
You will have a test the week you come back--the second class of the week. There's a study guide at left, and you may find the Notes on Parenting file useful. Not everything in that file is on our test...use the study guide.  Also, pay attention to the page readings on your syllabus.  You don't necessarily have to read all of the chapters we covered.
I will post your final assignment on Monday, November 26th. It will be due 10 days after that. 
Week 11: Proceeding toward Exam 3 - Monday, November 12, 2018
I have made up your third exam, and I am posting the study guide in the Documents section.  The exam will occur on the last class meeting of November.
One more suggestion: Download the file called Notes on Parenting in the Documents section. We do not cover Parenting Styles in Lifespan Development, but there is a review of Ainsworth's work on Attachment styles, which IS on the 3rd exam.

I am grading your papers, and hope to get them back to you soon. I cannot promise that you'll get them back at your first meeting of the week, but definitely by Thursday or Friday. Working hard, so maybe tomorrow or Wednesday... : )

Your 4th assignment will be posted on November 26th and will be due on 12/6 or 12/7. Just a heads-up. 
Week 9: Exams returned and New Assignment. - Monday, October 29, 2018
Your exams will be returned at the first class meeting this week.
Our 3rd set of topics (and your 3rd exam) will be on Infancy through Late Childhood. To save time, let's cover Cognition first (Chapters 3, 5 and 7), and then Emotional Development (Chapters 4, 6 and 8). I haven't changed the readings; I would just like you to change the order in which you read the material.

Besides this, I am posting your 3rd assignment. It is an article about motivation at any age. The assignment is due November 8th (section CA) or November 9th (sections EA, FA, or GA). Use the same questions, and again: click on the last words of this paragraph to access the article. read more ...
Week 7: Assignments and Study Guide - Monday, October 15, 2018
We're halfway through the semester, almost.

Your second exam will be a week after your papers are due (October 25th or 26th).
There is a study guide posted in the Documents section, at left, which lists the topics you can expect to see on the exam.

Your second assignment is due at your second class this week. Remember: answer the same questions you used for the first assignment, and click on the last words in this announcement.
 read more ...
New assignment and other news. - Monday, October 8, 2018
Hi there.
I'm almost finished grading your assignments. I'll have them back to you shortly.
This week, we'll talk about prenatal development and birth. I am beginning to prepare your second exam, and I think you can expect it the week of October 22nd. I will post a study guide as soon as I determine the content of the exam. Wait for it. 

Meanwhile it's wise if I post your second assignment. I like to try to finish this part of the course by or soon after Thanksgiving. Due date: October 18th or 19th, depending on the day your class meets. 
This one has research, but my sense is that it will be easier for you. Also, there are lots of possible avenues in the text for answering question 2.
As always, use the same questions; put your assignment in a cover (this time I'll take points off if you have no cover); and ask if you need help. 
Remember, click on the last words of this sentence and the link will open up. read more ...
Week 5: Assignments due! - Monday, October 1, 2018
We continue with Genetics and move on to Prenatal Development. That's still chapter 2!  Chapter 2 is long!
Your assignments are due on Thursday (section CA) or Friday (sections EA, FA, and GA). Follow the instructions, including putting your paper inside a cover of some kind with your NAME and CLASS section prominent on the outside. 
Just in case some of you have procrastinated past a point when it is wise, i will re-post the article at the bottom of this announcement. Click on the last words of the announcement. read more ...
Week 4 - Monday, September 24, 2018
Hi students! 
The semester heats up. This week in class we'll discuss Genetics.
All classes have received their take home exams, and they are due (both the photocopy and the Scantron I provided) at your next class meeting. No extensions are allowed.
Today I am posting your first assignment. It is due October 4th (section CA) or October 5th (sections EA, FA and GA).
First, go to the Documents section, at left. Download the file called Ongoing Questions for Lifespan Assignment, and print it out. You will use these questions for all the assignments.
Second, look for the words "read more..." at the BOTTOM of this announcement. Click on those words, and a new file will open. This is the article that I want all of you to read and evaluate. Feel free to ask any questions during the 10 days between my posting the assignment and when it is due. Make sure you are evaluating the correct article...ask me, or your neighbor in class. read more ...
Week 3! - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Sorry to have waited so long to write new material here. Will try to do better.
It's time to move on, despite the large number of classes we've missed to holidays.
On Thursday and Friday this week, I will hand out your exams, which will be due on your next class meeting. Make sure to ask any questions you might have in class, and (trust me on this) read all of chapter one before you attempt the questions.
Next Monday, look here for the first posted assignment.  
Welcome to my webpage - Thursday, May 31, 2018
Please familiarize yourself with this webpage; feel free to try out a website or two that you might be curious about on the right side of the site.
Expect that assignments and announcements will appear here nearly weekly, usually by Monday morning.

For those students looking for the name of the text I will use for the
Fall 2018 semester, it is the following:

For Psychology 216: Lifespan Development:
Santrock, John W. Essentials of Life-Span Development, 5th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2018. 
Please note: You may use the 3rd or 4th edition of this text if one is available to you. Ask for page readings for these editions if you need to.

Posted in the Documents Section, at left, are the Course Syllabuses for Spring 2018.


Date Last Updated: 12/18/2018

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