Thursday, December 19, 2013

I have uploaded the Final Test Review

Please enjoy your holiday break, but at the same time, this is a great opportunity to improve your grade.  Test Corrections, Extra Credit, and Late Work are all available.  You can find the Final test review on the Unit 6 Social Psychology Page.  Remember, this test is worth about 20% of your grade.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

As we approach the end of the semester . . .

Please remember that we will be taking a comprehensive final that will cover everything we have learned throughout the semester.  Also, if you presently not passing the class or if you would like to improve your present grade, you can still turn in test corrections, do extra credit and late work.  Your last chance to turn all that in will be when you get back from Christmas Break.  Please come see me or email me if you have individual questions.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Unit 3 Test on Monday!

Monday will be a short day because it is a Monday and we will be holding the Veteran's Assembly.  In addition, I will not be in class on Thursday to review what is due on the day of the test, so I am writing this post to help make Monday a little less stressful.  Please go to the Unit 4 Motivation, Emotion, & Personality page for an up to date list on what is due on Monday.  Please email or text me if you have any questions before Monday.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

End of 1st Term & New Material Loaded on Unit 4 Page

As you may already know, I have to have your grades completed by Thursday.  I will have them done by then.  Thank you for your patience.  I have uploaded several video clips and all of your assignments so far from Unit 4 onto the Unit 4 page.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's been a rough two weeks!

To the students and parents out there who check their grades and this blog on a regular basis I apologize that this blog and the grades have not been updated as quickly or as often as they should.  I have been battling a cold for two weeks that resulted in me missing three days of school.  In the midst of all that my mother in law passed away which resulted in me missing another two days of school.  I am working to get back on top of the grades and hope to have everything up to date by the end of Fall Break.  Please don't hesitate to call or email me if you have specific questions.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Life after Parent Teacher's Conference

I have attached the instructions on how to do test corrections on the "Classroom Documents" page.  You can earn back half of the points you missed.  Test corrections are by the end of the term.  I will also accept 2 late assignments or 1 late assignment and 1 late project per term.  Come see me if you have any questions about your grades.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Conducting Scientific Research

I realize that we are a little behind, so I have attached the power point that we are going to use for our discussion on Scientific Research, both here and on the Intro Unit page.  Please review it and come to class on Tuesday with Step 1 completed.  There are three slides worth of possible questions that might help you come up with a question of your own.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Amendments to the Disclosure Documents have been posted!

If you will go to the Class Documents page, you can view a copy of the amendments we made to our disclosure document.  You are now ready to review them with your parents and sign the parent letter.  Be ready for the quiz tomorrow on the Modern/Contemporary perspectives of Psychology.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Extra Credit on Quiz #1

If you are reading this, you followed my suggestion to check out the blog before class.  Be sure to read the following "Welcome Post" dated August 21st.  There will be three questions on the quiz about what the letters from your personality test mean or represent.  There will also be two bonus questions, here are the answers.  Write them word for word.

The answer to bonus #1 is:  Bring you 1/2 inch 3 ring binder with you to class every day.

The answer to bonus #2 is:  Taking notes will help me get an A on all my quizzes.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Welcome to Intro Psych and Unit 1

I hope you are excited for this class, after all it is an elective and you don't have to take it, if you don't want to.  I hope that this blog will be of help to you throughout the semester, please check it often.  The pages on the right side of the screen will be of the most help to you.  While you can find files there from last year's units, I will be updating the files as we go.  Feel free to look ahead, but know that by the time we get to that unit, I may have modified some of the assignments.  The Unit 1 Plan (you can find this on the "Unit 1 Introduction" page) has been updated and is correct.  The individual assignments for Unit 1 however, have not been updated yet.  You can aslo find a copy of our disclosure document and your parent consent letter on the "Class Documents" page.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

End of Term and Social Psychology Extra Credit Options

I know that the end of the year is a stressful time, I hope that the extra credit options that you will find on the Unit 6 Social Psychology Page will be interesting and make you feel a little better about life.  Please come see me if you have any questions about your grade.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Test on Gender and Adolescent Development is on Tuesday and Wednesday

Please be prepared to turn in your assignments and your Adolescent Development paper tomorrow before the test.

If you were not here when we watched the Gender Video you can find the link below or on the Unit 5 Page on the right side of this screen.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gender and Adolescent Development Unit

If you have been gone the past two days you missed out on an emotionally charged debate on which Gender is better than the other.

We have taken one quiz, see the Unit plan on the Gender & Ad Dev Unit Page (Look for the link on the right side of the screen.  You can turn in notes on your reading to make up for the quiz.

We will be working on your Adolescent Development paper in class, you can finish it up at home and be ready to turn it in the day of the test.  The instructions are the last page of the Unit plan.

Remember to bring a children's book with you to class on Day 4.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Thank you!

I just want to thank you all for being such great students! It's been an incredibleexperience for me to be able to teach all of you and I'll really miss it! Good luck with the rest of your year- you guys rock!

- Ms. Peterson

Monday, April 15, 2013

Unit 4 Day 5

We had our psychological disorder presentations today! The note guide we used is below. We also finished up Tuesday's with Morrie and got our test review and unit 4 packet list.

Note guide
Test review
Assignment List

Unit 4 Day 4

We covered the physical effects of stress and factors that affect our health.


Unit 4 Day 3

Today we worked on our psychological disorder research papers! Below is the PowerPoint reiterating the instructions.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Unit 4- Day 1&2

During this unit, we will be going over stress and health, therapy, and psychological disorders. 

Day 1 was devoted to the different types of stress we feel and the different stressors we have. The students also chose which psychological disorder they wanted to do their research paper on. We also started watching the movie Tuesdays with Morrie and identified the different stresses that are presented in the film.

On Day 2 we continued talking about stress and ways we cope with the different stressors we have.
All the resources and handouts we used are below.

Unit 4 Plan
PowerPoint for Day 1&2
Tuesdays with Morrie movie notes
Stress handout
Coping with Stress handout
Disorder research paper instructions

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Unit 3- Day 6

We went over two more approaches to personality today: the Humanistic and the Learning Approach.

Class handout

Remember: your Unit 3 packets are DUE next class and you'll have your Unit 3 test next class.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Unit 3 Assignment List and Study Guide

Here is what you will need for the end of Unit 3:

Assignment List
Study Guide

Unit 3- Day 5

Today we talked about the sociocultural approach to personality and finished taking our personality tests! So exciting!


REMEMBER: Parts 1-4 of your Paper Bag Project are due NEXT CLASS!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Unit 3- Day 4

Today we continued a discussion on personality and talked about emotions as well! We also began taking a full length personality test so if you weren't in class, come get one from me!

Class handout

Unit 3- Day 3

We went over Freud's Psychoanalytical Perspective on personality as well as the different stages of development that every person goes through! We also got our Unit Project instructions today. Remember to read them over and look at the attached handout to better understand the stages you are supposed to show!

Class handout
Paper Bag Unit Project

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Unit 3- Day 2

We learned more about motivation today and discussed the different styles of parenting and how they affect a child's motivation.

Class notes
Info on Parenting Styles

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Test Corrections Example

Here is an example of what your test corrections should look like! This is one made for the Geography class but yours needs to follow the same format. If you have additional questions, let me know!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Unit 3- Day 1

Today we learned about the theories of MOTIVATION! We also learned about the Belief Window model.

Unit 3 Plan
PowerPoint- Day 1
Motivation notes
Belief Window notes

Remember your two assignments: teach two people the Belief Window model and have them sign your class handout AND write on the back of your motivation notes the things you do in a day and which need (from Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs) each activity meets.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Unit 2- Day 7

TEST REVIEW DAY! We have our Unit 2 test next class so we spent the day reviewing. Remember: all assignments and Drug Research Paper are due next period!

Study guide
Websites to review
Assignment checklist

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Unit 2- Day 6

We learned about three other types of altered consciousness- meditation, biofeedback, and hypnosis. We then discussed dreams and interpreted our dreams using various dream journals!

Class handout
Dream Interpretation worksheet

Friday, February 22, 2013

Unit 2- Day 5

Today we learned about the "fight or flight" reflex in regards to lying and how to tell when others are lying to us. We broke off into groups and read through the police interview with OJ Simpson and detected the various deception methods he used.

Class notes

We will have some time next class to finish reading through the interview but if you would like to get a head start, the link to it is on the second page of the above notes.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Unit 2- Day 4

We went over consciousness and sleep & dreams today! Remember to be recording dreams for our interpretation exercise in two class periods (25th/26th).

Note Guide

NOTE: 8th period- you do not need to bring your dream journals until the 25th/26th!!!

We also did another progressive relaxation today. If you need music to continue doing these on your own, I used this:

Unit 2- Day 3

We talked about DRUGS today and how they impact our bodies and consciousness. We then worked on our Drug Research Papers!

PowerPoint- Drugs

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Unit 2- Day 2

Today we learned all about NEURONS- aren't they exciting?! If you missed today, you may want to come talk to me individually so we can go over a few things- a lot of the information I gave is not in your book. The PowerPoint is below as well as the notes from that day!

PowerPoint- Neurons
Neuron/Nervous System notes (we didn't go over interneurons so you can just cross that out)

NOTE: There is an assignment on the bottom of the notes- you will need to turn that in at the end of the Unit so remember to get that done!

Unit 2- Biology

We just started Unit 2 on how biological processes effect our behavior. I gave out all of our unit assignments- they are attached below and also under the Unit 2 tab to the right. We also did a meditation demonstration- I hope it was fun and helpful! Remember to practice that for 8 days in a row! We'll do another demonstration again soon to make sure everyone understands how it's supposed to be done.

Dream Journal and Meditation Log
Meditation Instructions
Drug Research Paper

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Day 9- Feb 6/7

Today was Test Day! 
We'll grade the test next class and go over some of the questions. Here is the video I showed during 3rd period if you want to finish watching it. Next unit should be interesting!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Day 8

Today we discussed how to analyze the results of your research observations/surveys and what to put in the conclusion (remember: it's going to show a CORRELATION, not a cause and effect). We also reviewed for your Unit 1 test that will be given next class!

Day 8 PowerPoint
Test #1 Review

Friday, February 1, 2013

Day 7

Today we went over ethics, finished talking about surveys, and went through the process of creating an experiment. Your hypothesis should be set and you should start doing observations or surveys THIS WEEKEND! If you still need ideas, think about common things you observe everyday or common sayings that could be tested i.e. blonds have more fun, men like long hair more than short hair, women tend to be friendlier to men than to other women. These can all be tested and would be interesting to study!

Day 7 PowerPoint

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 6- Jan 29/30

On Day 6 we went through the steps of how to create a good hypothesis. We also discussed the two different options you have for how to test your hypothesis: observations and surveys.

Day 6

We will be checking off your hypothesis next class period so please come with those prepared!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 5- Jan 25/28

Today we discussed the steps of the scientific method and worked on Parts 2-4 of your paper. The paper will be due Feb 7/8 and it needs to be at least two pages long. Please read the instructions on the paper carefully- it will answer a lot of your questions.

I also gave you the instructions for your next project! You will be conducting your own scientific research on a human behavior. The instructions on the project are under the Unit 1 tab to the right. If you have questions, come talk to me or send me an email!

Day 5 PowerPoint

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Day 4

On Day #4 we discussed the modern perspectives of psychology. The PowerPoint is below. 

I also handed out parts 2-4 of the psychology paper- it will be DUE FEBRUARY 7th/8th and needs to be a minimum of two pages in length. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Day Three

Here is the PowerPoint for Day #3. The notes for that day are listed under the Unit 1 tab to the right.

Day 3

A few reminders:

If you did NOT turn in Part One of your "Why I'm Taking Psychology" paper, bring it next class. I will start deducting points after next time.

The Unit 1 Plan is slightly mixed up- all the homework (reading in the textbook) needs to be pushed up a day. So please read pg. 18-21 for next class (NOT pg. 4-11).

Please remember to bring back your signed Parent Permission Form next class!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Second Day

Here is the PowerPoint for Day #2 on the different types of psychologists. If you didn't get to finish our in-class activity, look on pages 8-11 in the textbook for an explanation of different psychologists and what they do.

Day 2

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Welcome to Our Class Blog!

Congratulations on getting through the first day of class! 

You are all bright, fun students and I look forward to the rest of our semester together. Just to recap what we did:

Took personality test and discussed results
Went through an overview of some psychological statistics
Went over what Psychology is and why we are taking it
Discussed the class Disclosure Document and Unit 1 Plan
          (Both listed under the Class Documents and Unit 1 tab on this blog)
Went over Part 1 of the "Why I'm taking Psychology" paper

Please remember to work on Part 1 of your paper- it is DUE JANUARY 18th (for even periods) and JANUARY 22nd (for odd periods).