Friday, December 30, 2011

Agenda: Week of Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 - Friday, January 6th, 2012

Welcome to 2012. and AP Psychology! :)
Monday, May 7, 2012 at high noon -- > AP Psychology Test!
We have work to do.

Students need to complete the Student information form and answer the questions (including Why Did I Decide to take AP Psych) - Due Friday!

My favorite photo from 2011:

“I saw the plane, which didn’t seem out of the ordinary, since planes had been in the sky all night, but for some reason this plane looked like it was heading towards the tribute in lights. It crossed over, and I was able to make about four frames of the plane actually passing through the lights. Of those, only one was in focus. I had actually hoped to expose for the plane, but I didn’t have time to change the settings. But in the end, the plane in white heading into the clouds seemed a fitting tribute on the September 11 ten year anniversary, so I’m glad the image was exposed as is and that I was lucky enough to capture this frame.” 
Canon 5D, lens 50mm, f1.2, 1/50, ISO 800 
Caption: A plane flies through the "Tribute in Lights" in lower Manhattan in New York September 10, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer 

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012:
Quote of the Day: "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." - Oprah Winfrey
1. 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes.

2. Seats, Introduction, & Course Expectations.
Pass out Psyktrek 3.0 CD-ROMS
Pass out Chapter 1 & 2 Targets
Video, "The 3 Rules"

3. Notes, Discussion, & Video - Chapter 1 - "What is Psychology?"

Wednesday & Thursday, January 4th & 5th, 2012:
Quote of the Day: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." - Einstein
1. Notes Chapter 1"Evolution of Psychology"
2. Notes, Video, & Discussion: Chapter 1 "Introduction to Psychology"

Friday, January 6th, 2012:
Quote of the Day: "It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago." - Jim Bishop
We will go down to the book room and get our books right away.
1. Quiz Chapter 1 and 2. Students can use notes, & target sheets to assist.
2. Notes, Video, & Discussion: Chapter 1 "Themes and Variations"
and Chapter 1 "Psychological Approaches"
3. If time, we will explore the Psyktrek CD for Chapter 1.

Next Thu is the test for Chapters 1 & 2. 
Students need to complete the Student information form and answer the questions (including Why Did I Decide to take AP Psych) - Due Friday!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thanks for a great semester - have a Happy Holiday!

Thanks again for a superb semester. I hope you learned as much as I did about Psychology. It is a fascinating subject and I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and learning about it. 

If you would like to know your final grade for the semester, or your final exam grade... just send me an email. I would be glad to look it up and send it along to you. 

Have a safe and happy holiday and hope you stop back in to see me in the spring. I'll be in the same place, teaching a new bunch of students about AP Psych. :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What Do I Need To Make On My Final?

Great little calculator sheet to help you determine what grade you will need on your final exam to get the score you would like:
Final Exam Calculator

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Agenda: Week of Dec. 12-16 FINAL EXAM WEEK!

2 Prep Days for the Final Exam
1 Final Exam
It's been a great semester. Let's end it on a strong note. Sprint through the finish line.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Quote of the Day: "One kind word can warm three winter months." - Japanese Proverb
1. Questions on the Review Target Sheet.
2.  Team Review Games.
3.  Discuss exemption forms, sign 'em if you got 'em and earned it!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Quote of the Day: “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” - Anne Bradstreet

1. Questions on the Review Target Sheet.
2.  Team Review Games.
3.  Discuss exemption forms, sign 'em if you got 'em and earned it!
Sunset on the Juniata River, Huntingdon, PA. near Juniata College where Mr. Duez graduated in 1992.

Quote:  "A good conscience is a continual Christmas." - Benjamin Franklin


7:25 - 8:50 1st period exam
9:00 - 10:25 3rd period exam
10:35 -12:00 5th period exams

7:25 – 8:50 2nd period exam
9:00 – 10:25 6th period exam

7:25 – 8:50 4th period exam
9:00 – 10:25 7th period exam

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

AP Psych Final Review

To review for our Final Exam, use all of our target sheets from the semester. That would be very helpful. We will also use two practice AP tests to review for the final.

AP Psych Practice Test 1
AP Psych Practice Test 2

Good luck on Finals!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Agenda: Week of Dec. 5-9, 2011

Finishing the semester & Reviewing for Finals! 
Thanks for a great semester AP Psych!
Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
Quote of the Day: "What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.” - Steve Jobs

1. Turn in Take Home test for CH. 12 Personality. (Bubble Scantron)
2. Finish discussion/notes/video on Chapter 14-15-16 Social Psychology
3. If time, review for Test Tomorrow

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011
Quote of the Day: "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” - Steve Jobs

1. TEST Chapters 14-15-16 - Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology
2. Pick up review sheet for final exam.
Wednesday/Thursday, Dec. 7/8, 2011
Quote of the Day: "A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother." - Author Unknown

1. Review for Final Exam
2. Students will be in cooperative groups and will work on the AP Psych practice test #1, 10 questions at a time.
3. We will play review games.
Friday, Dec. 9, 2011
Quote of the Day: "Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is." - Isaac Asimov 

1. Review for Final Exam
2. Students will be in cooperative groups and will work on the AP Psych practice test #1, 10 questions at a time.
3. We will play review games.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Agenda: Week of November 28 - December 2, 2011

Our Take Home Test for Chapter 12 Personality - due on Monday, December 5th
(Targets for Chapter 12 Personality here)
Quiz for Chapters 14-15-16 is this Friday, Dec. 2nd. 
Test for Chapters 14-15-16 is Tuesday, Dec. 6th.

Chapter 14 & 15: Abnormal Behavior & Treatment
Learning Targets:
  • what abnormal psychology is and how it differs from normal psychology
  • the major types of psychological disorders
  • what we know about the causes of these disorders
  • how mental health problems are treated
  • different types of mental health workers
  • various approaches to psychotherapy
Chapter 16: Social Psychology
Learning Targets:
  • how being part of a group influences the way individuals behave
  • why people cooperate with and help others
  • what factors contribute to aggressive behavior and violence

Monday, November 28, 2011
Quote of the Day: “The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” – Chinese proverb

1. Pass out the Targets & Take Home Test for Chapter 12 Personality, if Mr. Duez's copies are ready.
2. Pass out the Targets for Chapters 14 & 15 Abnormal Behavior and Chapter 16 Social Psychology (if copies are ready)
3. DO NOW ?: It is believed by some that all psychological disorders can be traced to some sort of biological malfunction, especially malfunctions in the nervous system. In other words, in a perfectly formed and perfectly functioning biological organism, there could be no psychological disorder. If this were true, then the "ultimate cure" for any psychological disorder would be a biomedical cure. Explain why this position does or does not make sense to you. Link to the Presentation
4. Notes, Video, and Discussion - Chapters 14 and 15 - Abnormal Psychology.
Video: Herschel Walker. College Football Legend, Heisman Trophy Winner, and diagnosed with D.I.D.
ESPN SEC Trailer for "Herschel"
Youtube Clip, ABC News Story, Part I.
Youtube Clip, ABC News Story, Part II.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Quote of the Day: “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” - J.K. Rowling

1. DO NOW ?: Compare and contrast the psychoanalytic and humanistic brands of insight therapy.
2. Notes, Video, and Discussion - Chapters 14 and 15 - Abnormal Psychology

Video: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, 20 minutes

113 - Understanding Mental Illness and Schizophrenia
Mental Illnesses are complex diseases of the brain affecting thoughts, moods, and coping ability. There are many diseases you can see, feel and understand, but there are others that aren't as easy to comprehend. Education and compassion are key. Untreated mental illness costs Americans more than 100 billion dollars each year. Fear of Mental Illness and the lack of understanding prevent millions of people from seeking much needed treatment. Meet some of these people in this episode. 

Thursday December 1, 2011
Quote of the Day: “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” —Aristotle

1. DO NOW ? Why do you think so many of the "teachers" in Milgram's "shocking" experiment on obedience administered the highest levels of shock to their "learners"? In answering this question you undoubtedly made some sort of attributions of the teachers' behavior. Analyze the attributions you made in terms of what you've learned about attribution theory from the text. [The task here is to analyze one's own attributions or explanations for the behavior of Milgram's teachers. Answers should reflect an understanding of attribution processes, especially the dimensions of internal versus external, consistency, distinctiveness, consensus, and stability.]
2. Notes, Video, and Discussion - Chapter 14 and 15 - Abnormal Behavior & Treatment

Friday, December 2, 2011
Quote of the Day: “To be successful you don’t need to do extraordinary things, you just need to do ordinary things extraordinarily well.” – Jim Rohn

1. DO NOW ? Daryl Bem's self-perception theory suggests that behavior determines attitudes. This counter-intuitive notion is reminiscent of the James-Lange theory of emotion. How are the two theories similar yet different from each other?
2. Notes, Video, & Discussion - Chapter 16 - Social Psychology
3. Quiz Chapters 14-16 (Last 15 minutes)

Our Take Home Test for Chapter 12 Personality - due on Monday, December 5th 
Bring in your answers and we will bubble them in class.
(Targets for Chapter 12 Personality here)

Test for Chapters 14-15-16 is Tuesday, Dec. 6th.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Video: Catalyst - The Teen Brain

Great video clip on what is actually happening inside a teenager's brain. :)

See the video by clicking on the full post:

Notes - CH 11 - Development - Adolescence thru Adulthood

Link to the presentation on Google Docs.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Notes - Chapter 11 - Development - Infant to Childhood

Agenda: Week of Monday November 14 -> Friday November 18, 2011

Chapter 11 - Development 
Learning Targets:
Early Development:
A baby’s beginnings
How a child develops physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally
The influences of friends and family
How adolescence is defined across cultures
The biological and cognitive development that sets the stage for psychological changes
The social context in which adolescents develop
Challenges and possible crises facing adolescents today
Adulthood and Aging:
The stages of adulthood
Physiological and cognitive changes in adulthood
Concerns related to aging

Monday, November 14, 2011
Quote of the Day: "A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues." - Cicero

Mr. Duez will be out of school today.
Any student who needs to make up their test from Friday will take it on Tuesday during class, or after school in tutoring.

1. Substitute will pass out the Target sheet for chapter 11. Students can review and study this for the quiz tomorrow.
2. Students will read and follow the directions on this article for study:
3. Students will read and follow the directions on this article for study:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Quote of the Day: "Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies." - Charles E. Jefferson

1. We will discuss each of the 2 articles that were done with the substitute yesterday. (10 minutes)
2. Notes, Video, and Discussion on Chapter 11 Development - Infant and Child.
3. Quiz Chapter 11 - Development.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Quote of the Day: 
Not what we give,
But what we share,
For the gift
without the giver
Is bare.
~James Russell Lowell

1. Do Now Question:
2. Notes, Video, Discussion - Chapter 11 Development.

Friday, November 18, 2011
Quote of the Day: “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”  - Edward Sandford Martin
1. TEST Chapter 11.
2. Students are encouraged to start reading Chapter 12 over the break. We will cover 12 through 14 over the next two week period before finals.
Have a great Thanksgiving Break!

Video: The Developing Child

We may not have time to watch all of this in class, but it is excellent. Check it out here:

Interview Excerpt: Judy Deloache on Symbolic Reasoning
Researcher Judy Deloache describes how children's recognition of scale models as representations reflects development of symbolic reasoning.

One of the most distinctive human characteristics is the ability to understand and use symbols. We have a variety of symbol systems in our everyday lives. We use language, we read, we use pictures, and we understand computer programs. We're not born with this ability, so what I'm studying are the earliest forms of symbolic reasoning that a child understands, and when that cognitive ability to reason develops.

Specifically, I'm concerned with a child's understanding of a scale model, a symbol, that represents a larger space. When the child sees the scale model of a miniature playroom, does the child understand that this little playroom represents a bigger room? And when does a child acquire symbolic understanding? The interesting feature of this research is that we see an abrupt change between ages two-and-a-half and three in a child's ability to understand scale models. When we experiment with scale models of playrooms, the two-and-a-half-year-old doesn't understand the relationship between the symbolic room and the actual room, and instead treats it as a separate object. The three-year-old, on the other hand, understands immediately that the model is a symbol for an actual room.

In becoming symbolic creatures, we learn to think abstractly. At age three, children acquire the ability to think about things in two different ways at the same time: as both an object and a symbol for something else. Acquiring symbolic understanding is an important milestone in the cognitive development that helps us figure out how the world operates. Later in life, for example, we use it to read maps and understand languages.

This research helps us appreciate the complexity of human thought in young children. The clearer our knowledge of what children know, the better we can work with them as educators and as parents.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Extra Credit Opportunity on Wednesday

Wednesday, November 9th at 3 p.m Cody Pogue, a State Representative Candidate, will be speaking in the White LGI.

If you go and take notes, write a summary, and turn it in to me, I will give you extra credit. Of course, that will go on the 3rd six week's period. It will be worth a free 100 on a quiz grade!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Agenda for Week of November 7 - November 11, 2011

Learning Targets for Chapter 10 - Motivation & Emotion:

•How and why people are motivated
•Different types of motivation
•The importance of emotion in human behavior

Monday, November 7, 2011
Quote of the Day:  “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.” - Earl Shoaf

1. Discuss the article from Friday (we didn't finish it) on "Why We Eat."
2. Introduce Chapter 10 Motivation & Emotion with "Hunger" Notes


Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Quote of the Day: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Waldo Emerson

1. Do Now Question: Suppose you are a university counselor who wants to develop a program to improve students' academic performance. You believe that many students perform poorly because of motivational problems, including simple lack of motivation as well as being motivated by the wrong things. What are some of the considerations that should guide the design of your program?
2. Notes, Finish "Hunger"
3. Quiz last 15 minutes of class.


Thursday, November 10, 2011
Quote of the Day: “An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.” - Pope John Paul I

1. DO NOW QUESTION: Compare and contrast sexual motivation with the basic motives of hunger and thirst. How well do the concepts of drive and homeostasis contribute to understanding sexual motivation?
2. Notes & Discussion: "Motivation" (including Theories of Motivation, Achievement, and Sexual Motivation)
3. PsykTrek 3.0 Review Game


Friday, November 11, 2011
Quote of the Day: “The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others wish to join us.” - Hubert Humphrey

1. TEST Chapter 10, Motivation & Emotion
2. Begin reading Chapter 11 for unit on Developmental Psychology.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Agenda for the Week of Oct. 31, 2011 - Nov. 4, 2011

Learning Targets Chapter 9 - Intelligence:

  • Theories for understanding intelligence
  • Intelligence testing
  • The range of mental abilities from creativity and giftedness to mental retardation
  • How much of intelligence is inherited, and how much is due to upbringing?
  • What exactly is intelligence, and what do test scores mean? 
  • Why do some people with high IQ scores become underachievers, while others with average IQ scores become leaders? 
  • How does intelligence related to creativity and artistic or athletic abilities? 

Monday Oct. 31, 2011
Quote of the Day: "What counts in sports is not the victory, but the magnificence of the struggle." - Joe Paterno

1.DO NOW QUESTION: "List the top 3 most intelligent people that you know. What makes them intelligent in your eyes?"
2. Students who did not take the test Friday will make it up now.
3. Notes & Discussion: Chapter 9 Intelligence.

Video, Stephen Wiltshire draws Manhattan from memory
Video, An Early Beautiful Memory
Video, Extraordinary People, Steven Wiltshire

Quiz tomorrow on Chapter 9.
TEST is Thursday.
Extra Credit Movie/Documentary/Book Review due Friday!

Tuesday Nov. 1, 2011
Quote of the Day:  “According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else.” - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

1. DO NOW QUESTION: Why do some people with high IQ scores become underachievers, while others with average IQ scores become leaders? 
2. Notes - Chapter 9.
3. Last 15 minutes of the class period: Quiz - Chapter 9.
4. TEST on Thursday after review of Chapter 9.
Extra Credit Movie/Documentary/Book Review due Friday!

Thursday Nov. 3, 2011
Quote of the Day: “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.” ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

1. DO NOW QUESTION: Explain the "Bell Shaped Curve" - how does it relate to intelligence and chapter 9?
2. Review Chapter 9.
3. TEST Chapter 9 Final 60 minutes.
Extra Credit Movie/Documentary/Book Review due Friday!
Friday Nov. 4, 2011
Quote of the Day: “What do women want?" The only thing I have learned in fifty-two years is that women want men to stop asking dumb questions like that.” ― Sigmund Freud

1. DO NOW QUESTION: Explain the following statement using your knowledge of Chapter 10 - "People's metabolic machinery is constituted in such a way that the fatter they are, the fatter they become." - Judith Rodin
**Collect Extra Credit Movie/Documentary/Book Review**
2. Notes for Chapter 10: Motivation & Emotion.
Quiz for Chapter 10 is on Tuesday.
TEST for Chapter 10 is next Friday.

Notes - Chapter 9 - Intelligence

APPSYCH Chapter 9 Intelligence

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Agenda: Week of October 24, 2011

Agenda for the week of October 24, 2011 through October 28, 2011
Learning Targets:
  • Models of LTM deal with how we organize information that we need to know.
  • Problem solving involves applying what we know in an organized way to issues that we face.
  • Language is a complex system of communication that allows us to use complex symbols to talk about things in the past or future, not just the present.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Quote of the Day: "He Who Knows Others Is Wise. He Who Knows Himself Is Enlightened." - Tao Te Ching
1. Students will read the article, "How Friends Ruin Memory: The Social Conformity Effect." They will jot down some notes and also a question regarding the article for discussion. (15 minutes to read and notate, 10 minutes to discuss)
2. We will also discuss the videos that students watched on Friday.
3. Psychtrek 3 CD for Chapter 8 - Language, Thought, and Cognition.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Quote of the Day: "Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it's price." - Sun Tzu
1. DO NOW Question: "Curious blue ideas sleep furiously" is a famous statement by a linguist to argue that sentences can be proper but still make no sense. At what level is this sentence ambiguous?
2. Notes on Language and Thought, Chapter 8.
3. Reading Check Quiz, Chapter 7 & 8. (with 15 minutes left in class) If time we will go over the questions before we leave.

Thursday October 27, 2011
Quote of the Day: "When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear." -  Zen Proverb
1. DO NOW Question: Explain the 4 strategies to Problem Solving (Algorithms, Heuristics, Means-End Analysis, Working Backward). What are the strengths and weaknesses of each. How would each be used?
2. Notes on Language and Thought, Chapter 8.

Friday, October 28, 2011
Quote of the Day:  "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." - Buddha
1. TEST Chapter 7&8
We will begin Chapter 9 (Intelligence & Psychological Testing) Monday.

Article for Chapter 7 Memory - Humans are Storytelling Machines

APPSYCH Article Chapter 7 Humans Are Storytelling Machines