Friday, March 30, 2012

Agenda: Week of April 2 - April 6, 2012

Targets - Chapter 10 - Motivation & Emotion
  • How and why people are motivated
  • Different types of motivation
  • The importance of emotion in human behavior
Monday, April 2, 2012
Quote of the Day: "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela
1. Quiz Chapter 10 - Motivation & Emotion
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? 
3. Notes, Video, & Discussion: End of notes on Motivation & then Emotion.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Quote of the Day: "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." - Mahatma Gandhi
1. TEST CH. 10 Motivation & Emotion
2. After the test - Pick up the Chapter 12 & 13 Take Home Test. Begin working on it. On Thursday we will begin Chapter 11 Human Development.
3. Students will read and follow the directions on this article Does Family Size Matter?

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 & Thursday, April 5, 2012
Quote of the Day: "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela
1. Notes, Video, and Discussion on Chapter 11Development - Infant and Child.
2For next Tuesday, students will read and follow the directions on this article for study: Should You Stop at One Child?

Friday, April 6, 2012
Quote of the Day: "A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble." - Mahatma Gandhi

Quiz on Tuesday when we return over 23 and 24.
Test is next Friday on 23 and 24.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Agenda: Week of March 26 - March 30, 2012

Targets - Chapter 10 - Motivation & Emotion
  • How and why people are motivated
  • Different types of motivation
  • The importance of emotion in human behavior
Quote of the Day: "The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind."  -William James
1. DVD, “The Milgram Experiment Re-Visted.” 
write down notes as watch the video and write a summary (2-3 sentences long) at the end. 
2. Read & Annotate the article: “Tired of Feeling Bad? The New Science of Feelings Can Help” 

Quote of the Day: "Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
1. Review Test Ch. 9
2. Review Articles "Tired of Feeling Bad? The New Science of Feelings Can Help" and "Why We Eat."
3. Notes, Discussion, and Video: Chapter 10 Motivation and Emotion
Quote of the Day: "One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour.  Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
1. Quiz on Chapter 10.
2. Notes, Discussion, and Video: Chapter 10 Motivation & Emotion
Quote of the Day: "Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine." -William Feather
2. Notes, Discussion and Video: Chapter 10 Motivation & Emotion

Targets - Chapter 10 - Motivation & Emotion

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Chapter 10 - Article - Tired of Feeling Bad? Science of Feelings

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Agenda: Week of Monday March 19, 2010

Learning Targets for Chapter 9 Intelligence
* 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? 
TEST is due on Friday: Link to the Test Here

Monday March 19, 2012
Quote of the Day: "Germany has concluded a Non-Aggression Pact with Poland... We shall adhere to it unconditionally... we recognize Poland as the home of a great and nationally conscious people."  - Adolf Hitler, 21st May 1935
1. Do Now Question: "Who are the 3 most intelligent people you know?"
2. Notes, Video, and Discussion: Chapter 9 Intelligence.

Tuesday March 20, 2012
Quote of the  Day: "Never in the field of human conflict, has so much, been owed by so many, to so few!" - Winston Churchill, September 1940
1. DO NOW QUESTION: "What is genius?"
2. Video: Beautiful Minds: The Einstein Effect Students will watch the video, answer questions and prepare to discuss at the conclusion. Questions can be downloaded here.
2. Discussion of Beautiful Minds: The Einstein Effect.

Thursday 22, 2012
Quote of the  Day: "You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you...I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle." - General Eisenhower, before the D-Day invasion began,  summed up the mission of the Allies 
1. Notes, Video, and Discussion - Chapter 9 Intelligence.
2. PsykTrek 3 CD - Informal Quiz in class over Intelligence.
3. Quiz Chapter 9.

Friday March 23, 2012
Quote of the  Day: "We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender." - Winston Churchill
2. Begin Chapter 10 - Motivation. Read and annotate in class: "Why We Eat."

Article - Chapter 10 - Motivation

Link to download article from Google Docs: Why We Eat

Targets - Chapter 9 - Intelligence

Click here to download the Targets for Chapter 9 Intelligence

Test - Chapter 9 - Intelligence

This test is due back in class on Friday, March 23, 2012 during 2nd period. We will fill out the scantron for the test at the beginning of the class period. If you are not going to be in school on Friday, make arrangements to hand it in before that time.

Test - Chapter 9 - Intelligence LINK TO GOOGLE DOCS for printing.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Extra Credit Essay

Giving you this before the test so that you can prepare your thoughts. It must be written on test day without notes.

Extra Credit Essay: Completing this essay and answering it completely correctly would result in a 5% boost in your final test score. Points can be awarded from 1-5.

Question – Research Design, Memory, Intelligence, and Thinking 
In a study, researchers use a photograph taken in a public park to examine how people perceive, learn, and remember information. In the photograph, a woman is standing near a man who is seated on a park bench. The woman appears to be shouting at the man.  Participants in the study are exposed to the photograph for ten seconds and then are shown, each for ten seconds, several other photographs of people interacting. When all the photographs have been shown, the participants are asked about what they saw in the “public park” photograph. A significant number of participants describe the man as being the aggressor in an apparent disagreement with the woman.

Describe how each of the following concepts helps explain the perceptions of these participants. Be sure to begin by defining each concept in psychological terms.
• Schema
• Retroactive interference
• Representativeness heuristics
• Confirmation bias
• Framing

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Agenda: Week of Monday, March 5 - Friday, March 9, 2012

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.
Stata Center, MIT
Monday, March 5, 2012
Quote: "I have never advocated war except as a means of peace." - Ulysses S. Grant 
1. DO NOW ?: Why do humans swear & curse?
2. CH 8 Notes - Focus on Language Acquisition
3. Psyktrek 3 CD if time permits.
Public Library Kansas City, Missouri
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Quote: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."  - Dwight D. Eisenhower 
1. DO NOW ?: How does cognition work? Does cognition function differently in humans compared to animals?
2. CH 8 Notes - Focus on Language Acquisition
3. Psyktrek 3 CD if time permits.

Thursday, March 7 and 8, 2012
Quote: "Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind."  - John F. Kennedy 
1. DO NOW ?: How does cognition work? Does cognition function differently in humans compared to animals?
2. CH 8 Notes - Focus on Language Acquisition
3. Psyktrek 3 CD if time permits.

Friday, March 9, 2012
Quote: "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." - John Stuart Mill, English economist & philosopher (1806 - 1873)  
1. TEST Chapter 7 & 8
2. After the test - pick up Article on Chapter 9.

Teacher of the Game Award

I wanted to sent out a special thank you to my wonderful AHS staff members who nominated me for the Rockets Teacher of the Game Award. You can read their nomination letter hereTheir words are very special to me. I can't imagine anyone writing anything about me that would be written any better. It is amazing. Winning the award was a nice thing, but to me reading that nomination letter was winning enough. 

Thank you to my Blue 2 Principal Jonathan Campbell. You are an amazing friend and leader. Thanks to my English-teaching neighbor Jill Davison, who I can never seem to thank enough. You are AWESOME. 

Thank you to John Gillespie - my WHAP Partner in crime. I am very lucky to have worked with you this year. I hope we continue to do so for a long time. 

And also special thanks to Matthew D. Webb - you are also a great friend, mentor, and a wonderful leader of our social studies team. 

I am a lucky guy to work with such an incredible faculty and staff at Atascocita High. We have such incredible and hard working students. Some days I can barely get out of bed in the morning. But, knowing that my students need me gives me motivation to summon the energy to face each day. 

Of course, I'd be stupid not to mention the #1 MOST important person that I work with... and share my life with: Norma Duez. I could not do it without her. Thank you honey. And thanks for coming with me to the game. I needed you... like always.

To view the video of the presentation - click here.

Some neat goodies.
Mrs. Duez and I kept wondering where the ice was? No fights either. And the Rockets really need to step it up on the Power Play. :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

AP Amensty

A message from our awesome AP Coordinator:

For one day only, i will sign up next friday the 9th from 7:00am to 2:45 in W2, for anyone who missed the AP deadline.... call me stupid and soft.... but that's it!!!!!!!   Please let them know...
Ms.  Plagens