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

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Agenda: Week of October 17-21, 2011

We are studying Chapter 7 & 8 "Cognition" Memory, Language, and Thought.
Learning Targets.

If you learn only 6 things from this chapter for the AP Test...
1. Cognition is the study of mental processes.
2. STM seems to be limited to 7+ - 2 items at any given time.
3. The differences between encoding, storage, and retrieval are important.
4. Models of LTM deal with how we organize information that we need to know.
5. Problem solving involves applying what we know in an organized way to issues that we face.
6. 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 17, 2011
Quote of the Day: “Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.” - Henri L. Bergson
1. Notes, Discussion and Introduction to Cognition and Memory.
2. Video: "The Woman Who Could Never Forget."
Article about her that will help understand Jill Price better.
Those who did not take the test on Friday will take it at the beginning of this period.
Quiz on Chapter 7 is Friday.

TUESDAY - October 18, 2011
Quote of the Day: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”– Hellen Keller

1. DO NOW QUESTION: "What is your impression of Jill Price - the Woman Who Could Not Forget?" (things to consider, do  you feel bad for her? would you want that ability? do you believe studying people who have super memory could lead to advanced theories and thoughts about the human brain - and even possibly cures for diseases like Alzheimer's?)
2. Mr. Duez is out today. Students will read the article for this chapter:
follow the directions and turn it in to the substitute.
3. If time remains, students will watch the 60 minutes video about "Endless Memory"
Video: Endless Memory, 60 Minutes, Part I:
Video: Endless Memory, 60 Minutes, Part II:

We will watch the remainder of the video on block day and discuss.

THURSDAY - October 20, 2011 BLOCK DAY
Quote of the Day: “Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.” - Josh Billings

1. DO NOW QUESTION: "Name the three human memory stores in the order in which information would encounter them. Using the Atkinson and Shiffrin (1971) model, describe the capacity of each system, the durability of storage in each system, and the format of information storage in each system. Also identify the processes that transfer information from one system to another."
2. Notes and Discussion on Chapter 7 Cognition & Memory.
3. Start/Continue/Finish the 60 minutes video story on "Endless Memory."
Video: Endless Memory, 60 Minutes, Part I:
Video: Endless Memory, 60 Minutes, Part II:

FRIDAY - October 21, 2011
Quote of the Day: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”- Dr Wayne Dyer

1. Finish notes, discussion on Chapter 7 Cognition and Memory.
2. Quiz on Chapter 7 during last 15 minutes of class.

For next week, study chapter 8 Cognition: Learning and Thought. 
We will have our quiz on Chapter 8 on Thursday and the test for Chapter 7 & 8 on Friday.

Targets Chapter 7 & 8 Cognition

APPsych Chapter 7 And 8 Targets

Chapter 7 Notes - Cognition & Memory


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chapter 6 Notes - Operant Conditioning

APPSYCH Chapter 6 Operant Conditioning

Agenda for the week of Tue-Fri October 11-14, 2011

Quote of the Week:  "I am learning all the time.  The tombstone will be my diploma."  - Eartha Kitt

Learning Targets - Chapter 6 -

Agenda for Tuesday:
1. Begin Chapter 6 "Learning: Classical Conditioning."
2. Use the PsychTrek CD to understand Classical Conditioning - looking at Pavlov's experiment.
3. Notes for Chapter 6 - Classical Conditioning

Agenda for Thursday:
1. Finish Classical Conditioning and compare it to Operant Conditioning. Notes on Operant Conditioning.
2. PsycTrek 3 CD on Operant and Observational Conditioning.
3. Last 20 minutes - Quiz on Chapter 6
4. Review Chapter 5 and 6 if time after our discussion. Prepare for the Test on Friday.

Extra Credit Essays - answers the questions on a separate sheet of paper. Each question that is answered correctly and as fully as possible can get up to 5% points added to their test score.

I.Explain how a specific phobia could be acquired through classical conditioning, being sure to identify the unconditioned stimulus, unconditioned response, conditioned stimulus, and conditioned response in your example. Also, using classical conditioning, indicate how the phobia could be eliminated.

II.Provide specific, everyday examples (for instance, from child-rearing) of the following operant-conditioning phenomena: positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, and punishment.

III.Briefly describe observational learning, and explain how it relates to classical and operant conditioning.

IV.Describe a typical night’s sleep for a human being. What happens when we fall asleep each night? What do people tend to dream about, and what theories have been proposed to explain why people dream at all?

Agenda for Friday:
TEST over Chapter 5 and 6

Chapter 6 Notes Classical Conditioning

APPSYCH Chapter 6 Notes Classical Conditioning

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hope you had a great weekend...

Hopefully you had a nice chance to rest, relax, and stretch out for a bit this weekend.
Suki always gets her 8 to 20 hours of sleep in a day.
We had a fantastic weekend. It was also my wife's birthday. So Aidan and I made sure Momma Duez had a wonderful weekend.
"Eat at Chuy's You Will."
We also went to a fantastic new place called "Jus Mac." It is exactly what it's called... just macaroni and cheese. But done right and at least a dozen ways. Check out their website here (they are located in the Heights, just off 610 North a few miles west of the 45 North exit): Jus Mac

Mrs. Duez got the chili mac, Aidan got jus mac, I had bbq brisket mac. Delicious!
Of course we also took in the season opening hockey game for our defending Western Conference Champion Houston Aeros at Toyota Center last night. The boys won 4-1 and it was really a cool weekend to see so many of last year's Aeros players and coaches do well for their parent team the Minnesota Wild. :) (oh yeah, and my Pittsburgh Penguins had a great weekend as well.) We aren't going to discuss the Houston Texans game right now and spoil the fun.

I highly recommend Aeros hockey games. It is an inexpensive, fun, and fast-paced sport. 
Aidan got to meet Chili - the awesome Aeros mascot. 

Hopefully you also had a nice stress-free and restful weekend. We are going to get back to work on chapters 5 and 6 this week. The quiz is moved up to Wednesday. We'll get prepared for that tomorrow. :) The test is Friday. Really dig in on Chapter 6 and be sure to follow the learning targets closely! See you on Tuesday.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Agenda: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Oct 4, 6, 7 2011

Quote of the Day: ‎"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything just falls away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ... Stay hungry. Stay foolish."- Steve Jobs

Learning Targets:
- What is consciousness?
- What is the impact of your dreams?
- What are the stages of sleep?
- How do sleeping disorders affect people?

Agenda Tuesday:
We will finish what we worked on in class on Monday. Notes for Consciousness & Sleep. Discussion over the main learning targets.

Agenda Thursday:
1. Finish Notes for Consciousness and sleep.
2. Quiz over Chapter 5.

Agenda Friday:
1. Read, mark the text, summarize and write a question for this article: Dreams Article. Mr. Duez collected it after our Socratic discussion and it will count as a daily/formative grade.
2. Socratic discussion about the Dreams Article.

TEST over Chapters 5 and 6 is next FRIDAY.
We will begin discussion Learning Chapter 6 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs - Commencement Speech at Stanford University 2005

I've never been a big Apple fan. But, I am a definite fan of the commencement address that Steve Jobs gave in 2005 at Stanford. It is amazing. If you have never seen it, today might be a good day to hear this powerful and very inspirational speech.

Rest in Peace Steve Jobs. Today is indeed the end of an era.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Agenda: Monday & Tuesday October 3 & 4, 2011

Quote of the Day: "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." - James D. Mills.

Learning Targets:
  • What is consciousness?
  • How are circadian rhythms related to falling asleep & jet lag?
  • What happens when people fall asleep?
  • How is REM sleep different from non-REM sleep?
1. Notes - Chapter 5 - Consciousness, Sleep, and Dreams
2. Watch the 1st half of Teen Dreams Video from Discovery
Watch Video by clicking below:

Notes - Chapter 5 - Consciousness, Sleep & Dreams

AP PSYCH Chapter 5 Consciousness