Friday, November 14, 2014

Agenda: Week of Nov 17-21, 2014

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 5 - Motivation & Emotion; Development
Unit 6 - Abnormal Behavior; Treatment for Psych Disorders; Social Psychology
Week at a Glance~
MON: Development - Vygotsky vs. Piaget; Adolescent Dev. & Adult; Quick Review of Motivation & Emotion
WED/TH: Introduction to Abnormal Behavior; Psych Disorders
FRI: AP FRQ - all class period
Monday, November 17, 2014
Quote:"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues." - Cicero

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 & Aging:
The stages of adulthood
Physiological and cognitive changes in adulthood
Concerns related to aging

1. Cognitive development refers to the ways in which our ability to think and reason change over our life spans.
2. Two theorists important in the area of cognitive development are Jean Piaget & Lev Vygotsky.
3. Social development refers to the changes in our ability to interact with others as we age.
4. Our primary caregiver provides us with our earliest social cues.
5. The stages of prenatal development.

Essential Questions:
1. How do Piaget & Vygotsky differ in their theories about development?
2. How do researchers conclude: For girls early maturation is particularly difficult, while for boys late maturation is especially hard.
3. Compare Social and Cognitive Theories of Development.
4. How does Piaget explain development in children?
5. What do critics of Piaget point to as evidence of his theory having limitations?
6. Compare assimilation and accommodation.
7. Analyze the milestone of a child's development. How does a human being accumulate the skills and abilities needed to survive in a very complex world?

1. DO NOW: Compare Piaget & Vygotsky. How did they differ on development theories?
2. Notes, Video, Discussion: Child Development & Adolescent/Adult Development
3. Review: Development & Emotion/Motivation for test tomorrow (it time)

Test is Tuesday over Unit 5.
AP FRQ is Friday Nov 21st
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Quote "Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies." - Charles E. Jefferson

Unit 5 - Motivation & Emotion; Development

1. DO NOW: Prep for Test - Unit 5
2. TEST UNIT 5 - Motivation & Emotion; Development

AP FRQ is Friday Nov 21st
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 & Thursday, November 20, 2014
Not what we give,
But what we share,
For the gift
without the giver
Is bare.
    - James Russell Lowell

Learning Targets:
1. The (DSM) Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders is the handbook used by mental health professionals to diagnose psychiatric disorders.
2. There are many types of disorders, but they all involve debilitation that makes routine life situations difficult.
3. Schizophrenia is not dissociate identity disorder. It is a disorder that involves a break with reality and auditory hallucinations.
4. Personality disorders are the most difficult disorders to diagnose and treat. The most common treatment is medication (most have side  effects).
5. Medication is effective as a treatment, but it is often combined with a form of “talk therapy” to provide a more complete therapeutic technique.
6. Behavioral and cognitive therapists are very popular forms of “talk therapy.”
7. Freudian therapy, though well known, is not utilized much anymore.

Essential Questions:
- What are the various approaches to dealing with abnormal behavior, psychological disorders?
- Is all psych disorder caused by biological issues? Can they be solved medically?


1. DO NOW: What is "Abnormal Behavior"?
2. Introduction to Unit 6 - Psych Disorders/Abnormal Behavior
3. Royce White Story: From NBA First Round Pick... to out of the league. His struggle with Psych Disorders & Abnormal Behavior. And his attempt to make an impact on the lives of others who also struggle with these issues.
4. Notes, Video, Discussion: Unit 6 - Psych Disorders

  • DSM - Diagnostic & Statistical Manual
  • Prevalence of Psych Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders

AP FRQ is Friday Nov 21st
Disorders of the mind and behavior can impact anyone. Even the most gifted of athletes.
Friday, November, 21, 2014
Quote“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. DO NOW: Prep for FRQ Timed Writing - need black pen and lined paper.
2. FRQ Timed Writing: Flip of a coin for one of the two questions.

Have a great Thanksgiving.
The always interesting Louis C.K.