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SPCL 7900 Theories of Human Development: SESSION 10 - Module 5: Middle Childhood, Continued

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Professor Elizalde-Utnick's SPCL 7900 course.


Please complete the following PRIOR to our Zoom session on November 10:

1. Readings

READ the assigned readings (DT 14&15 and Anti-Racism Practice Article).

3:40 Section: Olivia J. & Ting: Cohn-Vargas, B. (2015). Identity Safe Classrooms and Schools. Teaching Tolerance.

Discussion Questions for 3:40 Class:

  1. What obstacles do you feel might get in the way of implementing identity safe classrooms  in schools? How can you overcome those obstacles to help teachers create identity safe classrooms?
  2. Of the four practices, which do you feel is the most important for teachers and communities, and why?
  3. Do you think identity safe classrooms would be effective in middle schools or high schools? Or do you believe that once racism is ingrained, it is hard to challenge and change the minds of those who perpetuate it?
  4. How do you think identity safe classrooms could benefit other types of oppressed groups, such as gender, religion, and sexuality? 

6:30 Section: Edward & Magda: Dawson et al. (2020). From Bystander to Community: A Schoolwide Journey to Literacy and Social-Emotional Learning.

Discussion Questions for 6:30 Class:

  1. Do you think identity webbing promotes inclusion and safe spaces in classrooms?

  2. Do you think restorative justice practices should be implemented in schools?

  3. What social-emotional skills can students learn through restorative circles?

  4. How can school personnel implement restorative justice practices so that they have a positive impact on students?

  5. What are the challenges to implementing restorative justice practices in schools?

2. Discussion Board

Go to Blackboard to the Discussion Board link and post to the "Session #10forum.

Write a discussion question based on this week’s assigned readings. Read the questions already posted, and do not repeat a question asked by one of your classmates. Your question should relate directly to an issue discussed in the reading and should require a thoughtful response.

A. Post your question. 

B. Read the questions posted by your classmates and respond to at least three of them. 

C. Respond to every student who responds to you. Do this in your own thread as well as the other threads you are participating in.

D. Continue participating in the threads until the module is over.

Note: If other students are not selecting your thread to participate in, perhaps it is because your question is too complex, confusing, or uninteresting. In this case, substitute another question.

3. Prepare for Blackboard Quiz (RAT#9)

The 5-question multiple-choice quiz will be on the DT 14&15 readings. This RAT will be made available to you at your designated quiz time (3:40 pm or 6:30 p.m.). Our Zoom session will commence right after the quiz at 4:10 or 7:00 pm, depending on your course section.


In this session we will discuss self-concept formation in middle childhood. We will also look at self-regulation and moral development. We will discuss school psychology practice with elementary school students as well as the anti-racism practice article.