Thursday, May 20, 2021

Final Week of School

All make up and late work should be finished by the end of the day on Friday, May 21st. 
We have not had any assignments since last Tuesday, so you have had well over a week to get any make up work completed in that time. 

Reminder - check HAC and be sure to get any late work completed by 5/21 at midnight.

Email Mr. Duez when any work is completed. I want the grades updating going into next week so that students will have full knowledge of whether to take the final summative test. The schedule for the tests is posted on my website.  

If there are any technical difficulties or issues with AP Digital Testing this week, you can file for a request for a make up exam at this link: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/digital-ap-exams/makeup-request

 Final Summative Exam - Bell Schedule - Last week of 2020-2021

Please be sure you are aware of the information below: 

High School courses will have summative tests, not finals

Humble ISD is adjusting its high school grading procedures for the spring 2021 semester, as was done in the fall 2020 semester, due to the impact of COVID-19 and students’ varying circumstances and learning environments.

Instead of taking final exams that count as 20 percent of the semester average in each course, students in high school courses will take summative tests during the week of May 24-28 that allow students an opportunity to improve their grade in each course. The summative grade that students earn will replace the student’s lowest summative grade in the fourth nine weeks. 

“We believe that teachers, students, and families will benefit from these procedures because students’ grades can only improve in this situation. It provides flexibility for students and families who have made many adjustments due to COVID-19. Students will not have to take a high-stakes final exam with a major impact on their semester grade,” Trey Kraemer, Assistant Superintendent for High Schools, said. “Students will have the opportunity to improve their fourth nine-weeks’ average. The score on this test will replace the lowest summative grade the student earned during the fourth nine-weeks grading period”. 

The semester grade will be the average of the third nine-weeks grade and the fourth nine-weeks grade. Semester grades are recorded on the report card and transcript and used to determine class rank.

Teachers will have flexibility in the type of assessment they offer. High schools will adjust their bell schedule during the last week of the semester for the summative tests. High schools will have early release on Thursday, May 27, and Friday, May 28, as shown on the 2020-2021 calendar.

Exam exemptions will not be a factor this semester because there will not be semester exams.  If a student does not take the last summative and receives a 0, the 0 can be dropped as the lowest summative grade.

The grading procedures only affects Humble ISD high school credit courses. Students enrolled in college credit courses will adhere to the grading procedures of Lone Star College or the University of Texas OnRamps.

As always, please reach out to your child’s teacher or counselor if you have questions about your child’s academic progress.

Example of Grading Procedure Change:

2019 Spring Semester Grading Procedure (Final Exam)
Third Nine Weeks Grade: 86; Fourth Nine Weeks Grade: 94
Nine Weeks Average: 86 + 94 = 180/2 = 90, Final Exam: 80

Semester Grade is 80 percent of the Nine Weeks’ Average plus 20 percent of Final Exam
80 percent of Nine Weeks Average Grade:  90 X .80 = 72
20 percent of Final Exam: 80 X .20 = 16
Semester Grade: 72 + 16 = 88

2021 Spring Semester Grading Procedure (No Final Exam)
Third Nine Weeks Grade: 86, Fourth Nine Weeks Grade: 94*
Nine Weeks Average: 86 + 94 = 180/2 = 90
Semester Grade: 90
*Lowest summative grade in the fourth nine weeks will be dropped from the nine-week average.

Summative Tests

  • Summative tests cannot negatively impact a student's 4th nine-week average. The summative test score will replace a student's lowest test score for the 4th nine-week grading period.  
  • Teachers have the flexibility to offer any assignment for the summative test. 
  • Students can use review materials (notes) during the summative test. 
  • Students will not be allowed to make up a missed final summative after Friday, May 28th, at 11:00 am.

Virtual Student Summative Tests

  • The virtual student summative test window opens on Wednesday, May 26th at 7:25 am and lasts until Friday, May 28th at 11:00 am. (Please encourage the virtual students to begin any final exam before 10:00 am on Friday to ensure they have enough time to complete their test.) The virtual testing window will close at 11:00 am on Friday.
  • The virtual summative test time limit must match the time limit for face-to-face students. 
  • Virtual tests cannot have a time limit on summative questions. 

Face to face / Hybrid / UIL Students

  • Students will take the summative tests based on the Week of May 24th -28th bell schedule.
  • Students cannot take their final exam early without written approval by Mr. Daniels or Mr. Falker. 
  • Face-to-face students must report in person to take their final summative test. In-person students are not allowed to take their final summative remotely.    
  • Students on campus must report to their testing classroom. Students must have a hall pass before exiting the classroom.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Agenda: May 17 - May 21, 2021

Advanced Placement PSYCHOLOGY with Mr. Duez
Post AP Test - The last 2 weeks
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON 5/17: DO NOW - 2021 AP Psych FRQ - Set 1 - Question #1 - answer on Schoology. 

DIGITAL AP PSYCHOLOGY EXAM AT 12 PM EST Use Review Tab on website to prepare, email any questions to Mr. Duez 

TUE 5/18: DO NOW - 2021 AP Psych FRQ - Set 1 - Question #2 - answer on Schoology. 

DIGITAL AP PSYCHOLOGY EXAM AT 12 PM EST Use Review Tab on website to prepare, email any questions to Mr. Duez 

WED 5/19: DO NOW - 2021 AP Psych FRQ - Set 2 - Question #1 - answer on Schoology. 

DIGITAL AP PSYCHOLOGY EXAM AT 12 PM ESTUse Review Tab on website to prepare, email any questions to Mr. Duez 

THU 5/20: DO NOW - 2021 AP Psych FRQ - Set 2- Question #2 - answer on Schoology. 

Discuss the FRQ Questions from the AP Psych Test from last week - these are released questions and they will help those who are waiting to take the digital exam. Students can practice these and be prepared. 

Discuss "A Beautiful Mind" and reflect on it's lessons and the lessons of this course. 

DIGITAL AP PSYCHOLOGY EXAM AT 12 PM ESTUse Review Tab on website to prepare, email any questions to Mr. Duez 

FRI 5/21: DO NOW - How will you prepare for the final summative test? What is your plan? Will you take it & attempt to replace your lowest grade? Or are you going to take the zero?

ASSIGNMENTS
5/20 12PM - DIGITAL AP PSYCHOLOGY EXAM AT 12 PM EST

5/26 & 5/27: Prepare for the final Summative AssessmentSee the email from the district below to understand how that will be done. 
High School courses will have summative tests, not finals

Humble ISD is adjusting its high school grading procedures for the spring 2021 semester, as was done in the fall 2020 semester, due to the impact of COVID-19 and students’ varying circumstances and learning environments.

Instead of taking final exams that count as 20 percent of the semester average in each course, students in high school courses will take summative tests during the week of May 24-28 that allow students an opportunity to improve their grade in each course. The summative grade that students earn will replace the student’s lowest summative grade in the fourth nine weeks. 

“We believe that teachers, students, and families will benefit from these procedures because students’ grades can only improve in this situation. It provides flexibility for students and families who have made many adjustments due to COVID-19. Students will not have to take a high-stakes final exam with a major impact on their semester grade,” Trey Kraemer, Assistant Superintendent for High Schools, said. “Students will have the opportunity to improve their fourth nine-weeks’ average. The score on this test will replace the lowest summative grade the student earned during the fourth nine-weeks grading period”. 

The semester grade will be the average of the third nine-weeks grade and the fourth nine-weeks grade. Semester grades are recorded on the report card and transcript and used to determine class rank.

Teachers will have flexibility in the type of assessment they offer. High schools will adjust their bell schedule during the last week of the semester for the summative tests. High schools will have early release on Thursday, May 27, and Friday, May 28, as shown on the 2020-2021 calendar.

Exam exemptions will not be a factor this semester because there will not be semester exams.  If a student does not take the last summative and receives a 0, the 0 can be dropped as the lowest summative grade.

The grading procedures only affects Humble ISD high school credit courses. Students enrolled in college credit courses will adhere to the grading procedures of Lone Star College or the University of Texas OnRamps.

As always, please reach out to your child’s teacher or counselor if you have questions about your child’s academic progress.

Example of Grading Procedure Change:

2019 Spring Semester Grading Procedure (Final Exam)
Third Nine Weeks Grade: 86; Fourth Nine Weeks Grade: 94
Nine Weeks Average: 86 + 94 = 180/2 = 90, Final Exam: 80

Semester Grade is 80 percent of the Nine Weeks’ Average plus 20 percent of Final Exam
80 percent of Nine Weeks Average Grade:  90 X .80 = 72
20 percent of Final Exam: 80 X .20 = 16
Semester Grade: 72 + 16 = 88

2021 Spring Semester Grading Procedure (No Final Exam)
Third Nine Weeks Grade: 86, Fourth Nine Weeks Grade: 94*
Nine Weeks Average: 86 + 94 = 180/2 = 90
Semester Grade: 90
*Lowest summative grade in the fourth nine weeks will be dropped from the nine-week average.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Good Luck on the Test!

Good Luck on the Test. 

Just remember, you are well prepared. You took 2 Mock Tests. You need to believe in yourself. Don't let a missed question prevent you from getting the next question correct. Keep battling. 

I am proud of your effort this year in an extremely difficult and stressful year - unlike any other. 

If you are at school, go to A lunch after 4th. Then go down to the small gym after A lunch which should be about 11:30. 

If you are taking the test in person, but are virtual... Just be at the small gym by 11:30 am. 

Go get 'em Eagles!

Psychologist Albert Bandura has defined self-efficacy as one's belief in one's ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task.

Mr. Duez's Tips/Tricks/Cheat Codes & Life Hacks for the AP Psych Test 

Screen-cast for Monday, May 10, 2021

 Go to Schoology and you'll find the Screen-cast for today there. Check the VIDEO folder 


We reviewed some most-missed questions and also did some of the "The Office" review. 
We'll finish that tomorrow. Good luck on the final 24 hours of studying and preparing. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Agenda: Week of May 10-14, 2021

Advanced Placement PSYCHOLOGY w/Mr. Duez
Exam Test Week!
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON 5/10: DO NOW - Watch this :20 second clip of Michael Scott. What might someone say he could have as far as a psych disorder? Are there any other psych terms or concepts shown in this clip?

Mr. Duez's The Office Review - Check Schoology

TUE 5/11: DO NOW - Watch this clip of Stanley's Birthday Card. What psych concepts, terms, or topics are shown? What is the difference between Habituation vs. Sensory Adaptation?

AP TEST AT NOON! GOOD LUCK

Mr. Duez's The Office Review - Check Schoology

WED 5/12: DO NOW - How did the AP Test go for you? If you did not take the AP Test, please comment on what lessons you might have learned this year from studying Psychology.

Begin A Beautiful Mind - Check Schoology

THU 5/13: DO NOW - After viewing the first 20 minutes of "A Beautiful Mind" what do you suppose might be happening to John Nash? What makes him so different?

Continue A Beautiful Mind - Check Schoology

FRI 5/14: DO NOW - How do the film makers show schizophrenia in "A Beautiful Mind?" What techniques do they use?

Video Questions due for A Beautiful Mind - Check Schoology

ASSIGNMENTS
TUE 5/11 - at Noon - AP TEST! 
FRIDAY 5/14 - Video Questions due for A Beautiful Mind - Check Schoology

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Video Review of Mock Test #2

You will find this review in video form on Schoology in the VIDEO folder. 


 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Screen-cast for Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Mr. Duez discussed:
  • Review tips and tricks for answering Multiple Choice
  • He will be reviewing the most missed questions on the mock tests during the week and hosting them on Schoology only. (Sensitive test material)
  • Tomorrow FRQ Quiz
  • Strange schedule this week because of EOC 
  • Lots of AP Tests - starting today - Good Luck to Everyone!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Agenda for Week of May 3 - 7, 2021

Advanced Placement PSYCHOLOGY w/Mr. Duez
REVIEW FOR AP TEST
AP Exam Schedule Administration # 1 - In Person - Paper & Pencil
Testing Locations
With the exception of a few exams and accommodated rooms, all AP exams will be administered in the small gym.

Digital Examinees
Digital testers AND their parents will be sent information regarding their at-home exam before the end of the week. The campus is not responsible for digital exam assistance of any kind.

Students who chose the digital exam option must ensure their personal devices (per CB, no personal Chromebooks) are equipped with the appropriate software, app, updates. etc. 

The AP Digital Guide or APTS Digital How-To should be able to answer their questions. If students need further assistance, they must call the College Board.

Mon: Psych Periods 1, 3, & 4 (45 min)
Tue: Psych Periods 1, 3 (90 min)
Wed: Psych Period 1 + 4 + Lunch (90 min)
Thu: Psych Periods 1, 3 (90 min)
Fri: Psych Period 3 & 4 + Lunch (90 min)

Period 1: 45 + 90 + 90 = 225 min
Period 3: 45 + 90 + 90 + 90 = 315 min
Period 4: 45 + 90 + 90 = 225 min

2nd Period Duez Planning: 45 + 90 + 90 = 225 min

AHS Schedule for the Week -- It's a mess. ;) 
Now that we've reached the week before the exam, it's time to really review. I will be making videos to help you with tips and tricks. I'll have some handouts designed to help and those will be posted on Schoology. Plus, each day I have links to videos and resources to help sharpen the saw and prepare for next week. Throughout the week we will practice writing for the FRQ. (see the schedule below)
- Best of luck, 
Mr. Duez
Week at a Glance:
MON 5/3: DO NOW: 

Most Missed Multiple Choice Questions - Multiple Choice Strategy Review

TUE 5/4: DO NOW: Multiple Choice Questions on Schoology for review.

FRQ Quiz: You need a couple of separate sheets of paper. I will pull one of the years 2019-2015 & you’ll have about ¾ of the period to write as much as you can about the questions. (Online Students - I'll post them to Schoology for you to complete)


WED 5/5DO NOW: Multiple Choice Questions on Schoology for review.

FRQ Quiz: You need a couple of separate sheets of paper.  I will pull one of the years 2019-2010 & you’ll have about ¾ of the period to write as much as you can about the questions. (Online Students - I'll post them to Schoology for you to complete)


THU 5/6DO NOW: Multiple Choice Questions on Schoology for review.

FRQ Quiz: You need a couple of separate sheets of paper. I will pull one of the years 2019-2010 & you’ll have about ¾ of the period to write as much as you can about the questions. (Online Students - I'll post them to Schoology for you to complete)

3rd period will not do this today, they will instead work on Most Missed Multiple Choice & Video Review.

FRI 5/7DO NOW: Multiple Choice Questions on Schoology for review.

Most Missed Multiple Choice Questions - Multiple Choice Strategy Review

ASSIGNMENTS:
FRQ Quizzes throughout the week - prepare I will pull one of the years 2019-2015

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Screencast - Attacking the FRQ!

 Mr. Duez gives the basics behind attacking the FRQ!

How to Attack the FRQ