Agenda: Sept 26-30, 2016

Advanced Placement PSYCHOLOGY w/Mr. Duez
Unit 2: Chapter 3 - Biological Bases of Behavior
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON - The Story of Phineas Gage; The Neuron: Function & Purpose; Crash Course: Chemical Mind.
TUE - Study of disease to understand biology: MS, ALS, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease: Neuro-transmission is damaged, interrupted, or not functioning properly. Neurotransmitters. 
WED/THU - Intro Brain Sketch Project; Parts/Functions of the Brain; The Teen Brain; Crash Course: The Brain
FRI -  Brain Scans; Nervous System & Endocrine System Compared

ASSIGNMENTS AT A GLANCE:
BRAIN SKETCH DUE ON MONDAY
Quiz on Monday, Oct. 3 -- Chapter 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
TEST on Wed/Thur Oct 5/6 -- Chapter 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
Learning Targets and answer the questions at the end over Biological Bases of Behavior
Read & Study the Notes & YouTube Lectures over Unit 2: Biological Basis of Behavior
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Monday, Sept 26, 2016
Quote: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius

Targets: Part I - Biological Bases of Behavior - TARGETS
Learning Targets:
★ Analyze how a person's biology can impact their behavior. 
1. Compare the different methods for peering into the human brain.
2. Analyze the areas that the brain controls?
3. Explain the structure and function of the neuron?
4. How does action potential function?
5. Explain the role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission? 

Major points to understand:
1. The different methods for peering into the human brain
2. What the areas does the brain control
3. The structure of the neuron
4. The action potential
5. The role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission

AGENDA:
1. DO NOW: Why do we study disease, dysfunction, and disorder to learn about how our body works?

2. Notes, Video, Discussion: The Curious Case of Phineas Gage

3. Crash Course Psychology #3 - The Chemical Mind 
BAHHHHHH! Did I scare you? What exactly happens when we get scared? How does our brain make our body react? Just what are Neurotransmitters? In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank takes us to the simplest part of the complex system of our brains and nervous systems; The Neuron.
Students will take notes; Duez will pause throughout to explain important points.

ASSIGNMENTS:
BRAIN SKETCH DUE ON MONDAY
Quiz on Monday, Oct. 3 -- Chapter 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
TEST on Wed/Thur Oct 5/6 -- Chapter 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
Learning Targets and answer the questions at the end over Biological Bases of Behavior
Read & Study the Notes & YouTube Lectures over Unit 2: Biological Basis of Behavior
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Tuesday, Sept 27, 2016
Quote: "Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything." - Mary Hemingway

Targets: 
Part I - Biological Bases of Behavior - TARGETS

Learning Targets:
★ Analyze how a person's biology can impact their behavior. 
1. Compare the different methods for peering into the human brain.
2. Analyze the areas that the brain controls?
3. Explain the structure and function of the neuron?
4. How does action potential function?
5. Explain the role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission? 

Major points to understand:
1. The different methods for peering into the human brain
2. What the areas does the brain control
3. The structure of the neuron
4. The action potential
5. The role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission

AGENDA:
1. DO NOWWhat is a neuron? How does it function? Draw out the diagram on the board of a neuron (much like the one below after the assignments)

2. Notes, Video, & Discussion: MS, ALS, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease: Neuro-transmission is damaged, interrupted, or not functioning properly. What is a Neurotransmitters - and how do they function?

3. Students will read the article & discuss: What Does MS Feel Like? by Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D.

ASSIGNMENTS:
BRAIN SKETCH DUE ON MONDAY
Quiz on Monday, Oct. 3 -- Chapter 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
TEST on Wed/Thur Oct 5/6 -- Chapter 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
Learning Targets and answer the questions at the end over Biological Bases of Behavior
Read & Study the Notes & YouTube Lectures over Unit 2: Biological Basis of Behavior
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Wednesday, Sept 28, 2016 & Thursday, Sept 29, 2016
Quote: "To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge." - Socrates

Targets: 
Part I - Biological Bases of Behavior - TARGETS

Learning Targets:
★ Analyze how a person's biology can impact their behavior. 
1. Compare the different methods for peering into the human brain.
2. Analyze the areas that the brain controls?
3. Explain the structure and function of the neuron?
4. How does action potential function?
5. Explain the role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission? 

Major points to understand:
1. The different methods for peering into the human brain
2. What the areas does the brain control
3. The structure of the neuron
4. The action potential
5. The role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission

AGENDA:
1. DO NOW: Students will pick up the Brain Sketch Project - Read it over and after attendance; Duez will explain. It is due on Monday of next week. 

2. Notes, Video, DiscussionParts/Functions of the Brain; Endocrine System compared to Nervous System. Also, the Teen Brain (with video)

3.  Crash Course Psychology #4 - The Brain 
In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, we get to meet the brain. Hank talks us through the Central Nervous System, the ancestral structures of the brain, the limbic system, and new structures of the brain. Plus, what does Phineas Gage have to do with all of this? 
Students will take notes; Duez will pause & discuss important points throughout.

ASSIGNMENTS:
BRAIN SKETCH DUE ON MONDAY
Quiz on Monday, Oct. 3 -- Chapter 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
TEST on Wed/Thur Oct 5/6 -- Chapter 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
Learning Targets and answer the questions at the end over Biological Bases of Behavior
Read & Study the Notes & YouTube Lectures over Unit 2: Biological Basis of Behavior
"Astonishing!"
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Friday, Sept 30, 2016
Quote:  "Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing." - William James, American psychologist and philosopher (1842 - 1910)

Targets: 
Part I - Biological Bases of Behavior - TARGETS

Learning Targets:
★ Analyze how a person's biology can impact their behavior. 
1. Compare the different methods for peering into the human brain.
2. Analyze the areas that the brain controls?
3. Explain the structure and function of the neuron?
4. How does action potential function?
5. Explain the role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission? 

Major points to understand:
1. The different methods for peering into the human brain
2. What the areas does the brain control
3. The structure of the neuron
4. The action potential
5. The role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission

AGENDA:
1. DO NOW: What methods do we use to peer into the human brain? What different ways are they used?

2. Notes, Video, Discussion: Brain Imaging


3. Nervous System & Endocrine System Compared

ASSIGNMENTS:
BRAIN SKETCH DUE ON MONDAY
Quiz on Monday, Oct. 3 -- Chapter 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
TEST on Wed/Thur Oct 5/6 -- Chapter 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
Learning Targets and answer the questions at the end over Biological Bases of Behavior
Read & Study the Notes & YouTube Lectures over Unit 2: Biological Basis of Behavior

Level Change Requests - Six Weeks Mark

Yesterday was the deadline for 3-week level drop forms. Any forms turned in today will be accepted, but no changes will be made until the week of October 3.

Level drop procedures are listed below:

1. Level drops will ONLY be allowed at the 3-week mark, the 6-week mark, and at semester. NO changes will be made at other times during the year.

2. The 6-week level drop deadline is Friday, October 7. Students must submit forms to their House Counselor no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, October 7 for the requested change to be made. Communicate this clearly to all students and parents.

3. The level drop process begins with the teacher. Do not tell students to ask their counselor for a level drop form. They must get one from you.

4. Parent - Teacher contact must be made to discuss the change in level before a drop form will be given to a student.

Counselors will begin making 6-week level drop changes on October 3. 

All changes will be made by the end of the school day on October 11. 

You should not see any level changes between September 22 & October 3, & you should not see any changes after October 11. 

Week of Sept 19 - 23, 2016

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 1: History & Evolution of Psychology -and- Research Methods
Weiten 1 - Evolution of Psychology
Weiten 2 - The Research Enterprise in Psychology
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON: Reading Check Quiz - CH 2. Research Methods
TUEResearch StatisticsHogwarts stat exerciseEthics in Research
WED/THU: TEST UNIT 1: CH 1: History/Evolution of Psychology; CH 2: Research Methods
FRI: Intro to Biological Bases of Behavior

ASSIGNMENTS:
Bring Hogwarts stat exercise to class on Tuesday completed. 
Wed/Thu: Unit 1 TEST Ch 1 & 2 History/Approaches & Research Methods
Take notes, use the target sheets, prepare for the test
Article - "Nature vs. Nurture" - Due on Monday
Begin Reading the next Chapter #3 - Biological Bases of Behavior
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Monday, Sept. 19, 2016
Quote: "I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival." - Kurt Vonnegut


Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Students will pick up - Hogwarts stats on table and prepare for the Quiz over Research Methods. We'll discuss the Hogwarts stats on Tuesday.

2. READING CHECK QUIZ - Chapter 2 Research Methods

3. REVIEW Quiz - and the question:
Be prepared to answer this one on the test this week. :) 
ASSIGNMENTS:
Bring Hogwarts stat exercise to class on Tuesday completed. 
Wed/Thu: Unit 1 TEST Ch 1 & 2 History/Approaches & Research Methods
Take notes, use the target sheets, prepare for the test
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Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016
Quote: "No matter how closely you examine the water, glucose, and electrolyte salts in the human brain, you can't find the point where these molecules became conscious." - Deepak Chopra



Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Prepare Hogwarts stat exercise we'll discuss after attendance.

2. Notes, Video, DiscussionResearch Statistics
Duez Notes: Research Statistics
Duez Lecture: Research Statistics

3. Notes, Video, Discussion: Ethics in Research

Duez Notes: Research Methods
Duez Lecture: Research Methods

4. Quick Review of Concepts from CH 1 & 2

ASSIGNMENTS:
Wed/Thu: Unit 1 TEST Ch 1 & 2 History/Approaches & Research Methods
Take notes, use the target sheets, prepare for the test
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Wednesday, Sept 21 & Thursday, Sept 22, 2015
Quote: "Everything we do, every thought we've ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find." - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Essential Questions:
Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Prep for Unit 1 Test. You will need a pencil and black pen. 

2. TEST UNIT 1: CH 1: History and Evolution of Psychology & CH 2: Research Methods

3. After test: Article - "Nature vs. Nurture" - Due on Monday

ASSIGNMENTS:
Article - "Nature vs. Nurture" - Due on Monday
Begin Reading the next Chapter #3 - Biological Bases of Behavior
What Makes You Who You Are? Nature? or Nurture?
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Friday, Sep 23, 2016
Quote: "Science is nothing but perception." - Plato


Essential Understanding:
1. The different methods for peering into the human brain
2. What the areas does the brain control
3. The structure of the neuron
4. The action potential
5. The role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission

Agenda:
1. DO NOW Question: How much does your biology impact your behavior? 

2. Notes, Video, Discussion: Intro to Biological Bases of Behavior - The Neuron
May put a "Crick" in your neck thinking on this one... may not? 
Duez Lecture Video: Bio - Neuron, Brain, & Dualism
Duez Notes: Bio - Neuron, Brain, & Dualism Debate

3. The whacky story of Phineas P. Gage: The man who took an iron rod through the head, and lived to tell about it!
He was never quite "Phineas" again though.
Duez Notes: Dualism Debate - Neurons & the Brain
Duez Lecture Video: Bio Intro

ASSIGNMENTS:
Article - "Nature vs. Nurture" - Due on Monday
Begin Reading the next Chapter #3 - Biological Bases of Behavior

Homecoming 2016

Monday, Sept 19: Dress Up: 
MARVELous Monday (Disney or Marvel characters)

Tuesday, Sept 20: Dress Up: 
Tacky Tuesday

Wednesday, Sept 21: Dress Up: 
Wild Wednesday (Safari/Animal Print/Tourist)

Thursday, Sept 22: Dress Up: 
Throwback Thursday

Friday, Sept 23: AHS Spirit Day


Agenda: Week of Sept 12 - 16, 2016

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 1: History & Evolution of Psychology -and- Research Methods
Weiten 1 - Evolution of Psychology
Weiten 2 - The Research Enterprise in Psychology
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MONQuiz Weiten 1: Evolution of Psychology; Review Quiz
TUE: Review Approaches of Psychology; Introduce Research Methods - Ethics!
WED/THU: Research Methods: Descriptive & Inferential Research
Lego Research Methods Activity
FRI: Research Methods - Statistics - introduction; Crash Course Research Methods.

ASSIGNMENTS:
Take notes, use the target sheets, prepare for the quiz and test next week.
Next Monday, Sept. 19 - Quiz on Chapter 2 - Research Methods
Next Wed/Thu, Sept. 21 & 22 - Unit 1 TEST Ch 1 & 2 History/Approaches & Research Methods
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Monday, Sept. 12, 2016
Quote: "I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival." - Kurt Vonnegut

Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology & Research Methods
1. Psychology is a science.
2. Science can be used as a process to determine truth.
3. Science & Psychology has changed and evolved over time as we have learned more.
Essential Questions:
1. What is psychology?
2. Understand the major approaches to psychology.
3. Who were the people who helped psychology begin as a science and were instrumental in creating the field today? 
4. Understand each person's contribution to the specific approach to psychology that they represented.

Agenda:
1. Quiz: Reading Check Quiz over Chapter 1 - Evolution of Psychology.

2. DO NOW after Quiz: 

3. Quiz Review
ASSIGNMENTS:
Take notes, use the target sheets, prepare for the quiz and test next week.
Next Monday, Sept. 19 - Quiz on Chapter 2 - Research Methods
Next Wed/Thu, Sept. 21 & 22 - Unit 1 TEST Ch 1 & 2 History/Approaches & Research Methods
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Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
Quote: “People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar


Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology & Research Methods
  • Observation is the most important aspect of psychological research.
  • Operationalism means to define our variables in the manner in which we are going to measure them.
  • Correlation measures degree of relationship between variables and ranges from -1 to +1. Correlation does NOT imply causation.
  • Experimental, correlational, & descriptive methods all have strengths & weaknesses in describing human behavior.
  • Descriptive statistics describe the data gathered in research, while inferential statistics allow us to draw conclusions about how this data can be generalized to a larger population.
  • Following ethical principles is vitally important in any kind of psychological research.

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: What is an "ethical experiment" in Psychology? 

2. The Hand of Psych Approaches - Quick Review Approaches of Psychology
Students will trace out their hand and learn the mnemonic:

3. Notes, Video, Discussion: Introduce Research Methods - Ethics!

ASSIGNMENTS:
Take notes, use the target sheets, prepare for the quiz and test next week.
Next Monday, Sept. 19 - Quiz on Chapter 2 - Research Methods
Next Wed/Thu, Sept. 21 & 22 - Unit 1 TEST Ch 1 & 2 History/Approaches & Research Methods
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Wednesday, Sept. 14 & Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
Quote: "If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work." - Thomas J. Watson

Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology & Research Methods
  • Observation is the most important aspect of psychological research.
  • Operationalism means to define our variables in the manner in which we are going to measure them.
  • Correlation measures degree of relationship between variables and ranges from -1 to +1. Correlation does NOT imply causation.
  • Experimental, correlational, & descriptive methods all have strengths & weaknesses in describing human behavior.
  • Descriptive statistics describe the data gathered in research, while inferential statistics allow us to draw conclusions about how this data can be generalized to a larger population.
  • Following ethical principles is vitally important in any kind of psychological research.
Essential Questions:
Agenda:
1. DO NOW: What is the difference between hypothesis, theory, & law?
Hypothesis vs. Theory - Rap

2. Notes, Video, Discussion: Introduction to Research Methods

3. Lego Research Methods Activity - students will work in cooperative groups to determine how operational definitions, research methods, and replication are important in science/psychology. 

ASSIGNMENTS:
Take notes, use the target sheets, prepare for the quiz and test next week.
Next Monday, Sept. 19 - Quiz on Chapter 2 - Research Methods
Next Wed/Thu, Sept. 21 & 22 - Unit 1 TEST Ch 1 & 2 History/Approaches & Research Methods
Lego my Research!
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Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Quote: "Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then." - John Wooden

Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology & Research Methods
  • Observation is the most important aspect of psychological research.
  • Operationalism means to define our variables in the manner in which we are going to measure them.
  • Correlation measures degree of relationship between variables and ranges from -1 to +1. Correlation does NOT imply causation.
  • Experimental, correlational, & descriptive methods all have strengths & weaknesses in describing human behavior.
  • Descriptive statistics describe the data gathered in research, while inferential statistics allow us to draw conclusions about how this data can be generalized to a larger population.
  • Following ethical principles is vitally important in any kind of psychological research.
Essential Questions:
Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Why would a psych researcher use an experiment, correlational study, survey research, naturalistic observation, or case study. Give an example for each type.

2. Notes, Video, Discussion: Research Methods
Students will work on creating a Stat Sheet to help explain how statistics and done and analyzed. 

3. Video - Crash Course "Research & Experimentation" 
Crash Course Psychology: Research & Experimentation  So how do we apply the scientific method to psychological research? Lots of ways, but today Hank talks about case studies, naturalistic observation, surveys and interviews, and experimentation. Also he covers different kinds of bias in experimentation and how research practices help us avoid them.

ASSIGNMENTS:
Take notes, use the target sheets, prepare for the quiz and test next week.
Next Monday, Sept. 19 - Quiz on Chapter 2 - Research Methods
Next Wed/Thu, Sept. 21 & 22 - Unit 1 TEST Ch 1 & 2 History/Approaches & Research Methods