WEEK OF SEP 1, 2014
LAST WEEK'S HOMEWORK
Labor Day - Holiday
(OPTIONAL) There are 31 TERMS AND CONCEPTS TO REMEMBER on p. 16. DUE: Monday, September 8th
I will go over the procedures in class regarding the following tasking. CLICK on BRAIN and complete the AP PSYCHOLOGY ONLINE "TAKE HOME" QUIZ . You will access a site entitled TESTMOZ. The TEST is AP PSYCH QUIZ: PERSONALITY. Your PASSWORD is HORNEY. This is worth 60 points AND is 60 MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS. DUE: 10 pm, Monday, September 8th.
The Psychology Dictionary defines and provides examples for 521 psychology related terms.
As to the course being an advanced placement (college-level) class, is there a higher standard applied?
Honor Code. There is a zero tolerance policy on cheating and plagiarism. Since this course uses online assignments, there is temptation for many students not to do their own work or to share the work among themselves. This "sharing" is regarded as a violation of the honor code by me AND supported by the administration as defined in our HONOR CODE policies which the students have contractually signed.This applies to the one whom copied, and, if it involves another student who gave their work, both will receive a 0.1.
FIRST OFFENSE: Receive a 0.1 for the grade (for all parties involved). A 0.1 in EDLINE quickly identifies to me someone who made an unwise decision. It allows parents to view EDLINE and understand it as well. Any copied work involving multiple students will result in a 0.1 received by all students. The 0.1 on EDLINE indicates the nature of the offense
SECOND OFFENSE: Receive a ZERO for the grade; and communications with the parent. A detention will be written and served. I will notify their guidance counselor at the same time as the parent. My detentions are an in-class written assignment in the morning assigned. The in-class assignment will benefit the student as it will be in their area of study. I will NOT write any college RECOMMENDATIONS for any student committing a second offense in violation of the Honor Code
THIRD OFFENSE: A referral written. Administration, Guidance and Parents notified. A ZERO for the grade.
What is our textbook?
Myers' Psychology for AP. This is written as a college-level text with a 1300 lexile score. There are 14 chapters, but the material is learning a new language (language of psychology), so the course at time, requires a self-disciplined approach to read it. It is highly suggested not to try and read the assigned chapters in one setting, but is 20-30 minute increments. Otherwise, most students begin to lose comprehension and it defeats the purpose. Let me be very clear - you MUST read the text if you hope to pass the national exam or do well on the tests and unit exams. We will have quizzes, unannounced short quizzes, exit cards, etc.
What general school supplies do I need for the class?
1. One-subject spiral notebook (I have purchased this already for you). . Only 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper accepted. Class note-taking is mandatory and I sometimes will collect these from time-to-time. These cannot be more than a single reserved for this course
2. Writing utensils: dark pens only; #2 pencils, light highlighter
3. Loose-leaf, 3-hole paper only. Only note-taking goes into the spiral note-book. All other assignments turned in will be loose-leaf unless specified in advance by me. Also, only 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper accepted. All others will need to be rewritten or accept a grade deduction for not following instructions.
4. Stapler. All work that requires stapled must come stapled when turned in for credit. Although I have staplers, students tend to break them from time-to-time.
5. Common items, such as ruler, tape, glue, hole-punch, white-out (for corrections) and paperclips (as needed throughout the year)
What supplemental MATERIALS (school supplies) do I need for the class?
I recommend either of the following two, but please understand these are optional. Both supplemental aids help the student comprehend the new vocabulary and terminology of psychology, and helps in daily preparations for class. These aids help in your understanding and a good review aids to help reinforce the material.
Should I create or join a study group?
Honestly, the expectation is that students become historians by May and the national exam. The reality is that doesn't happen, and it comes down to those who engaged themselves and read the textbook, listened in class, took advantage of every opportunity, and constantly reviewed and reinforced the knowledge gained throughout the year. Study groups can be a tool to expand how the students can gain more information, and continue to review and reinforce themselves. Brigham Young University does a good job covering guidelines, protocol and suggestions. It may help you design your study group. Don't forget you can also ask me for some help and suggestions.
STUDY GROUP SUGGESTIONS .
What is the disciplinary ladder?
All students are expected to:
1. adhere to all rules and regulations as outlined within the Student Handbook (attendance, behavior, restricted electronic/telecommunication devices, dress code, etc).
2. be in the classroom (or other designated area) and ready to work when the tardy bell starts to sound, otherwise the student will be counted as tardy.
3. all work must be turned in at the beginning of class. NO EXCEPTIONS. Any not turned in (unless for an excused absence and not meeting the expectations of those discussed earlier) will receive a 25% deduction from the earned grade. So, work turned in the due date, but after the class period, will be docked - 10% off the earned grade.
3. take care of personal matters (drinks, restroom visits, personal grooming, socializing, etc) prior to arriving within the classroom. You may visit the restroom, but following specific class procedures, but no one will be allowed out of the room the first and last 10 minutes of class.
4. bring all necessary supplies (homework, pens/pencils, paper, etc) to class each day; failure to have necessary items may result in lower class participation grade and/or detention. All work that is assigned as homework must come stapled.
5. pay attention to all directions and due dates that are given in class.
6. be respectful of all classmates and the instructor. Treat others with respect at all times, be prepared to learn once entering the class, be on time, one person will speak at a time, and do not interrupt other students from learning.
Failure to follow the listed expectations: First and foremost - I do not anticipate ever reaching beyond any minor infractions by students. However, please note that we must have an appropriate disciplinary ladder as follows:
1st Time: Verbal Warning and/or private conference and/or 15-minute detention (8:00 am) and/or seat change
2nd Time: Verbal Warning, parent notification and/or conference, and/or 30-minute detention (8:00 am) and/or 250 word essay and discussion with guidance and/or seat change
3rd Time: Parent notification and request for conference with parent and guidance, and/or 30-minute morning detention (8:00 am) and/or 500 word essay and/or seat change;
4th Time: Written referral to grade office/principal
Severe Disruption: Student will be sent IMMEDIATELY to office/principal with referral
***Issues of fairness: These are my rights to a fully functioning classroom, but you too have rights, and among those is your right to speak with me regarding course work or class expectations. I may not be able to speak with you regarding your concerns right when you wish, but I will be available outside of regular class time.
What is class participation?
Please note that the SHARING (participation) is an ongoing participation grade based on the rubric I provided the students on my web page and displayed on my bulletin board. I've referred to this several times since the beginning of school. I update the participation grade normally once a week. It will change as it is ongoing. It is important students take notes, actively participates and listens to others in class. The reason is simple that it is called SHARING on EDLINE...I'm limited to the category to 7 letters, but the long name enables me to call it ongoing participation. Participation includes active note-taking in class too. It is a requirement to actively engage in class by taking notes AND participating.
What is the one-subject, spiral notebook for in our class?
I am not having students complete OUTLINES this year. However, with textbook reading low, and class participation is a reflection of textbook reading, I have taken non-punitive surveys and each of the past four years, I have 40+ percentage not reading. You cannot pass the exam with that behavior. So, I am requiring a mandatory note-taking to be taken in a two-fold fashion. First, I have broken the textbook readings into manageable pages (on average only 5 pages when assigned). Students will jot down some key people, terms and concepts while reading these pages. I will spot-check these for a grade from time-to-time. You can only use the one-subject, spiral notebook I hand out to you. If you forget your notebook on a day of a spot check, you will receive a zero. These notes are not to be narrative sentences, but 3-7 (at most) bullets. If you prefer to use narrative, that is optional. You can also do a Graphic Organizer as long as it can be useful. I normally will challenge students to see if they can demonstrate proficiency with their note-taking. I expect at the top of the page the following: UNIT/CHAPTER #, pp. ____ to _____, and the date. Prior to writing anything down, open up your spiral binder to the page you are gong to use. Fold vertically the sheet of paper. On the left-side, use this for the textbook notes. On the rightside, use this for note taken in class. If possible, try to align class notes with textbook notes. You are welcome to create possible test questions, or questions to ask in class. We will discuss more of the procedure in class our first week. Secondly, you are expected (actually, mandatory) daily to take notes of key points, people, terms, concepts and applications during class time. I will spot-check these for a grade from time-to-time. If you forget to bring your spiral binder, the notes you take must be transcribed back into the spiral notebook from what you took in class. Also, if you are absent, mark that appropriately in the notebook. Each reading, and class notes are complete. DO NOT begin another day's reading or lecture notes on a previous day's page. IN addition, I will collect your spiral notebooks for review and provide an earned grade. You can use either ink or pencil. I normally will allow you to use these on most quizzes and tests, except on cumulative exams that I designate notes out-of-bounds. And don't orgt, you cannot work on these in class prior to a spot check. You cannot work on any assignment during class unless I authorize it.
(PARTIAL EXPECTATION MET)
(EXCEEDS EXPECTATION MET)
SOME NOTES. WEAK TO FAIR IN TERMS OF DEMONSTRATING PROFICIENCY OF CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND APPLICATION.
GOOD NOTES. DEMONSTRATES PROFICIENCY OF CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND APPLICATION.
EXCELLENT NOTES. DEMONSTRATES GREATER PROFICIENCY OF CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND APPLICATION THAN THE AVERAGE STUDENT
Please note below in the procedures for the use of the spiral notebook. First, fold sheet vertically. Left side annotate date & page number, as the left is for the textbook. Right side annotate date & lecture. Right side is for notes taken in class. You will be held accountable for using the notebook, taking both textbook notes and lecture notes, and demonstrate proficiency through various forums and methods.
How do I make corrections to my EDLINE report?
EDLINE: I update EDLINE at least every two weeks, if not more frequently which I tend to do most of the time. If there is an or question on a grade, please follow these procedures::
1. Print a copy of the EDLINE report showing the error.
2. Highlight the line which the error is located.
3. Attached the graded returned work that is in question and staple it to the back of the printed EDLINE report
4. DO NOT place in any CLASS BIN which is used for homework, but hand it to me.
5. I normally make corrections the next available LUNCHTIME.
What do I do if I am absent from class due to illness or injury?
The website was (and is) a tool created to help absent students. Student MUST, repeat MUST, come to me at the beginning of class to let me know they were absent, and to determine if they missed anything, or to reschedule a makeup test, quiz, or essay. Anything assigned, but not posted will be conveyed to the student upon return. Students MUST mark at the top of their homework submissions - "ABSENT," and the "DAYS ABSENT." Failure to do so may result in an incorrect grade being assigned as it may be thought to be a late submission. If you were absent, and the due assignment was already posted online, it is expected it be turned in upon return. However, if you were too sick to work on the assigned homework posted online, please bring a parent note stating that fact and we can extend the submission date.
What do I do if I am absent from class because of planned absence (for example, family outing or vacation), sporting event, or field trip?
Students walk around planned absences and field trip forms. As it states on the form, all students are responsible for assigned work missed, and upon return, students must follow absent procedures. However, for field trips and sports, all work MUST be turned in either the day before, or the morning of, their field trip or sporting event. I am there by 7:30 daily, and homework can also be turned in the my mailbox in the teacher workroom, or at the front office. Just because you have a field trip or sport doesn't mean the deadlines are different for you. To be fair and consistent to all students, please follow the procedures.
What are the more common weighted grading policy?
Like the activities of the class, assessments will also be varied. Much of the course though will be based on the following sorts of assignments. Percentages are approximate and are subject to change.
Tests/Online Tests 100 - 200 points
UNIT EXAMS 100 - 200 points
Take Home Pretests 25-50 points
In-Class Pretests NG/10 points
Vocabulary Assessments 10 - 50 points
Essays 25 - 100 points
Exit Cards 5 points/10 points/15 points (STRUGGLING/AVERAGE/ABOVE AVERAGE)
What identification labels do I put on assignments?
Are there any opportunities to earn consistent extra credit?
What textbook pages must I be responsible for according to the policy?
Use the annotated pages on the calendar to prepare your readiness in textbook reading. The calendar is only for textbook readings, and all others are located below on the homework page. You must have read and be ready to discuss these pages on the date the pages fall on for the calendar. For example, if on a Monday, it says pp. 1-10, then on that Monday in class you are ready-to-go to discuss, or demonstrate proficiency with planned or unplanned quizzes, essays, graphic organizers, write-pairs-shares, etc.
What is the homework policy?
Incomplete HOMEWORK turned in on time. Missing ONE ITEM is 20% off; Missing TWO ITEMS is 30% off; No others accepted as you can turn in work for late credit up to 3 days before end of grading period for 50% of earned credit.
NOT FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS on any assignment turned in (10%-20% off earned grade) which DO NOT take away objectives of the assignment
Turned in late (50% off earned grade)
Partial work turned in (depends on the percentage of missing material, and is proportionate to the totality of the assignment). Honestly, this is avoidable and turning in late can increase grade)
DVD NOTES/NO WORD COUNT (or not on front top margin) will receive only 40/40 points
How are quizzes graded and used in class? What if I miss one?
** Unannounced QUIZZES (SNAPSHOTS) are given periodically to ensure students are reviewing and preparing for class. These will not be made up in case of absences AND only count as 25 points.
How are tests used & applied?
How are tests or essays missed, retaken?
How to improve upon a lower test score?
You must come in during the morning prior to start of first period, or during lunch. There are correction forms that are not easy, but manageable. You simply come in the room, pick up a copy of the test and form, grab a textbook and work the opportunity. If you are not finished, simply reverse the process, but place the uncompleted forms in the "not finished pile." You cannot work together on these forms unless directed to do so and known prior to the scheduled test. These CANNOT be done at home. You have three school days to complete once the exam is handed back to you with your results (unless extended by the teacher). You will receive 1/2 credit per question earned back. Based on the end-of-the-grading period, no opportunity to change test grade can be made during the the last 3 days prior to grading period ending.
ONLINE RESOURCES: Hyperlink to the David Meyer's Psychology for AP Edition Online Site) and REGISTER. You will be asked to register and provide your email address AND your INSTRUCTOR'S EMAIL. Please use the following EMAIL ADDRESS for the INSTRUCTOR'S EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org You will find a lot of resources which can help you prepare for in-class taskings and the national exam.
UNIT PPTs are in ADOBE note-taking format and align to the unit information despite listing a different chapter title.
UNIT 1: HISTORY & APPROACHES
UNIT 8A: MOTIVATION
UNIT 2: RESEARCH METHODS
|UNIT 8B: EMOTION|
UNIT 3A/B/C: BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR
|UNIT 9: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY|
|UNIT 11: INTELLIGENCE|
|4: PERCEPTION||UNIT 12: ABNORMAL PSYCH|
|6: LEARNING||UNIT 13: TREATMENT|
|UNIT 14: SOCIAL PSYCH|
|CHAPTER 7B: THINKING|
(ONLY A SAMPLE)