Psychology Take-Home Final (Due Monday, 18 December)

Take-Home Final

Psychology – Mr. Ian Stewart

Submit Responses Through Google Docs to

Due Date – 12 Noon, Monday, December 18, 2017

Link to Google Docs Version of Assignment

INSTRUCTIONS: Choose any TWO of the following FOUR numbered prompts and write a comprehensive response to each.

  1. Is psychology a science or not? In answering this question, you should consider what makes something a science and whether psychology fits entirely within that definition. Evidence to support your claim can be found in an analysis of issues such as what is the “brain” versus what is the “mind” and whether (how much) knowledge in psychology is rooted in observable and quantifiable data.
  2. Explain the both the connection and the distinction between physiology and psychology. To do this, you should focus on the difference between perception and consciousness and examine the connection between physiological changes through injury or drugs and changes in perception.
  3. Psychology is literally “the study of the mind”. In this question, you are to examine issues of the mind separate from issues of biology and anatomy. A strong overview of the subject will include some discussion of EACH of the following:
  • The conscious versus preconscious versus subconscious mind. What is the role of each and how do these different roles combine to allow us to function from day to day?
  • The work of Sigmund Freud and his discussion of “defense mechanisms”. While these ideas are not universally accepted, what do his ideas suggest about how the mind works to allow the individual to function in society (defense mechanisms exist due to the presence of the super ego).
  • What is the role of sleeping and dreaming in maintaining a healthy mind?

4. A decent chunk of our time this semester was spent on an operant conditioning lab. For this question, you should address some of the central issues involved in doing the lab. Focus specifically on the following:

  • What is the difference between operant conditioning and classical conditioning?
  • Based on that difference, which of the two types were you attempting to use in conducting the lab? Why do you know this to be true?
  • Explain how your experimental design was purposefully crafted in order to pursue the result you were trying to achieve. Be specific enough that your approach could be replicated by a future generation of researchers.

Art Dec. 12-15


Students have begun working on their Pointillism Projects. They will turn in for grading at least 50% of the progress on this project.


Astird Lara Pointillism Project

HISTORIA DE  HONDURAS II (11 al 15 de diciembre de 2017)


Esta semana los alumnos presentarán un documento de Google docs. y compártanlo conmigo a un ensayo en formato MLA sobre la situación política del país sin opinión personal ni identificación política. Haga hasta donde se pueda ya que no hay más tiempo. Puede incluir fotos y citar lo que considere prudente y necesario. (2 pag. mínimo) Sigan las instrucciones dadas en clase.

En clase realizarán una prueba de logros sobre los Mayas en Honduras.

Language Arts – December 11th – 15th

This week, will continue to prepare for the final exam (Wednesday), which covers material from the first two partials. Students have already been given a copy of a review guide and we reviewed it thoroughly last Friday. In response to the school cancellation, there will be a more detailed study guide that will be posted to the class Google Drive folder and shared to each student via email. This will be posted as early as possible, Monday morning. I will also update this blog post with a direct link when the document is available.

Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to me and ask any questions pertaining to the class materials. I understand the difficulty in having a final exam review via the web, but unfortunately this situation beyond our control. Again, please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached via email at:

I am always available.


Monday / Tuesday (December 11th/12th)  – Review for final exam. Updated / Revised study guides to be posted online and emailed to students.

Wednesday (December 13th)  – Final exam.

Physical Education Dec6- Dec 8, 2017


During this week, the students will work on developing the following fundamental skills of KICKBALL: throwing, kicking, catching and running. Students will put this knowledge to test in games.

Required Materials for Class:  Tennis shoes, water bottle and appropriate clothing.


Optional Materials for Class:  Bug spray, hat and sunscreen.        

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: To participate in class activities and receive full credit for the class, students need to wear appropriate clothing for P.E. class.


GOALS: We will use the word RESPECT to set the main goals for the year.


Right to Learn – Every child has this right to be educated!

Effort – Win or lose, trying is the most important trait.

Safety – The number one priority each day!

Purpose – Understanding how the activity can benefit you.

Enthusiasm – Positive energy creates a positive environment!

Challenge – Challenge yourself to improve each day.

Trust/Teamwork – Work with and trust others, the result can be amazing!


REMINDER: I would like to remind you that all students need to be dressed appropriately for the days that they have P.E. class. Students should refrain from using the following:

–  Dresses for the girls

–  Jeans (shorts or pants)

–  Crocks

–  Sandals

–  Boots



Have fun!

Candy, food, and/or gum – out of sight, out of mind!

Positive attitude!

Remain in supervised areas all the time!



Language Arts – December 4th – 8th

Please note, this is a continuation of the blog post from last week with a few date changes. 

Due to the school cancellation, students should focus on the following this week:

  • Flowers for Algernon: Finish book (as assigned in class on Tuesday)
  • Students should review the final portion of the book and be ready for an exam on Thursday, December 7th, which has been pushed back due to the cancellation.
    • We will review for this exam on Wednesday in class.
  • In preparation for the exam, students should look over the study guide here.

I am available to answer any questions about the reading through email.

Mr. Pappas