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Read carefully. . .you will be held accountable for content 

 

Welcome to a wonderful adventure and investigation into human behavior.  Discover the diverse ideas and thoughts of human beings and the exploration of the human brain, the center of human action.  The objective of our college level class is to become enlightened, informed and engaged in the study of human psychology.  Have fun, ask questions, investigate, learn and become involved.  The ultimate evaluation of all objectives will be the successful registration for and passing of the AP Psychology test on the target date:                                

May 4, 2015     12:00 pm

 

 Text:  Myers’ Psychology for AP, 2011 by Worth Publishers

 

We will follow the outline of the Myers’ text as it correlates precisely with the AP College Board’s suggested content areas:

 

1.  History of Psychology

2. Schools of Psychology – behavioral, biological, cognitive, humanistic, etc.,

3.  Research Methods – research methodology, ethics in science, data analysis

4.  Biological bases of behavior – nervous system, endocrine system, genetics

5.  Sensation and Perception

6.  States of Consciousness – drugs, sleep

7.  Learning – conditioning, behavior modification

8.  Cognition – memory, knowledge, language, creativity

9.  Motivation and Emotion

    10.  Developmental Psychology – Age differences, nature vs. nurture

    11.  Personality types – normal vs. abnormal, self esteem

    12.  Intelligence – IQ tests, EQ, testing problems

    13.  Abnormal Psychology – disorders and their treatment

    14.  Social Psychology – How individuals are shaped by their groups

 

(see AP Test Helps tab for percentages pertaining to each topic and the proportionate questions given on the AP test)

 

Your journey will include but not be limited to:  reading of the text, powerpoint presentations, media clips, expertise guest visitors, class discussions, experiments, online resources, well developed, prepared and delivered class presentations, student presentations, projects, tests, and your timely attendance.  Each day YOU will have the opportunity to learn something new.  YOU will be the operative variable in the learning equation.

 

GRADING:  will be based on attendance, class participation, testing, projects and other evidence of your learning and involvement. Class participation is considered essential in grading which necessitates attendance. It will be on the standard scale:

90- 100   A

80-89     B

70-79    C

60-69    D

 

Grade percentages are NOT rounded up.  Do everything in a timely manner.  REDO offering for tests may be considered the "extra credit" of the course.  There may be incentives given for attendance, special "quiz incentives" which require your presence in class to be given consideration.  This course is a process.  TRUST is imperative.  Trust yourself, TRUST your teacher and the value of accumulation in the process.

 

 

CONTACT:  (805) 389 5412 (although email is the most effective contact)

donna.maygren@ouhsd.k12.ca.us



 

CLASS website: 

                      http://maygren.tripod.com/achspsychology 

 

TESTS:   will be AP style questions reflecting multiple choice and free response (to practice the AP exam format)  there will also be shorter quizzes, still adhering to the AP testing question format.  Since the ultimate measure of success of an AP course is successfully passing the AP test in May, there are a significant number of tests and quizzes throughout the course.  Become familiar with your testing strengths and analytical in learning to be a good test taker and improving your strategies in test taking.

 

CLASS EXPECTATIONS:

  1. integrity and accountability (in large letters on the east wall of our room)  learn what they mean and exhibit behavior reflective of your understanding
  2. diligent and conscientious efforts on your part (your teacher will most definitely be held to this standard as well)
  3. regular and timely attendance:  if you are not in class, it is an absence (no discriminating for resolved or unresolved, you are gone from class and missing content of the day)
  4. due dates:  calendar of assignments and activities will be posted on our class website.  Due dates are precisely as posted:  due on the day indicated on calendar.  Written work may be submitted early.  Late work (regardless of ‘reason’ ) is late and  is less than maximum potential credit for given work.
  5. If you miss the regularly scheduled chapter tests and quizzes, you will also forfeit opportunity for the chapter "REDO".  This is a teacher offered incentive.  It will be explained in class and is listed on the calendar.  Pay close attention, this is considered the "extra credit" option of the class.  Previous students find this to be a great option but it requires diligence, timeliness and conscientious efforts on YOUR part.
  6. successfully complete and participate in all class activities and challenges
  7. know that you have complete control of your attitude:  it is a conscious choice
  8. comprehend and contemplate the exciting opportunity to learn:  what a great adventure is yours to anticipate and participate with enthusiasm
  9. May 4, 2015:  you will successfully pass the AP Psychology exam.  The purpose of taking an AP course is to take the AP test on May 4.  Successfully passing the AP course offers possible college credit at your college or university of choice.  This course is designed to prepare you for the test.  If you are not desirous of taking the AP test, CP Psychology should be the class you elect for  psychology information and curriculum.
  10. Plagiarism is considered to be a breech of classroom ethics and expectations.  It is dishonesty in any form:  cheating on a test, using someone else's information without permission or giving credit, copying homework to be some of the commonly found utilizations in high school.  Many of the tests may be online.  You are expected to be trustworthy and a young person of integrity to test your knowledge without resource as guidelines are given.  Cheating yourself is the only accomplishment.  IF you come to the realization early that you are preparing for a test in May, then you will take each opportunity given you as a stepping stone to successful accomplishment.  One of my objectives is NOT to police you or investigate whether you are dishonest, but rather to establish TRUST to assist you to be successful in taking the AP test.  I always appreciate YOUR assistance in making us a great learning team.

 

Suggested Supplies: (there are markers, rulers, colored pencils, glue sticks in class for your use)

 

  1. note cards
  2. USB/flash drive; you will find this of great worth  
  3. Paper, pencils, pens; spiral notebook; markers if you want to use your own
  4. The study guide produced by our text publisher is very helpful as a prep aid.  If you desire to purchase one, they are $15 and may be purchased from Mrs. Maygren

Consider this your 1st day homework.  You were asked to go to the class website and to peruse and specifically read the class syllabus and expectations.  If you have followed directions, you are now reading this message.  By 7 am on Friday, August 22,  please send me an email.

In the subject line, put your name and period number.

In the body of the email, simply state: "I have read the expectations".

 

This will be noted as a completed assignment and evidence that you can listen and follow directions.

 

First day email will be worth 25 points. 

Note carefully the time and date this is due.  Later than due date receives only partial credit.

A suggestion to all diligent students, after sending email, continue reading through the class website.  Pay particular attention to the pages on attendance imperative, procrastination proclamation, and carefully note calendar.  This is a calendar for the entire school year.  (any changes are due to administrative changes over which your teacher has no control.  Calendar was up to date on information provided at time of publishing this website for the 2014-2015 school year.  Standardized testing dates are not yet released by district and other possible dates unavailable, not  possible to be reflected on our class calendar yet)