Design a psychological experiment to answer the following question:
Which of the following is better at improving the academic performance of second grade students . . .
(a) using rewards and positive reinforcements.
(b) using negative consequences (punishments).
IN ADDITION, your experimental design should contain a deliberate flaw . . . you must either include a mistake in your experimental design that would make the results unreliable or you must deliberately include a design element that would make your experiment unethical (morally wrong).
You may be called on to share your design to see if your classmates are able to identify the error that you have deliberately included in your experiment.
A few things you will need to be fully equipped for my Psychology class.
- A two-subject notebook. This notebook will serve your needs for both psychology (this term) and sociology (next term). I want you to have a dedicated notebook (NOT a section of a multiple-section notebook).
- The notebook should be bound (if I hold the notebook and shake it, papers should not be flying all over the place). For more information, please see my blog post about rubrics and standards.
- A stapler. A mini-stapler is fine.
- A folder/binder to keep returned work organized.
I am looking forward to working with you.
-Mr. Ian (aka Mr. Stewart)
Grading Policy – Mr. Stewart
Department of Social Studies, Upper School – Discovery School
Each students grade will be determined based on the following formula:
This includes tests, quizzes, and in-class presentations that are intended to demonstrate mastery of the curriculum.
Homework will be graded according to the rubric posted on the teacher’s blog. Unexcused late homework will be subject to a points deduction.
This part of the grade encompasses all in-class written work, participation in class discussion, and making meaningful contributions in pair- and group-work. The grade will also include periodic assessments of the student’s notebook (see teacher’s blog for notebook standards).
Contributions to class discussion will be evaluated both in terms of consistency (students are expected to make meaningful contributions to class every day) and in terms of quality (see rubric on the teacher’s blog).
Persistent and/or egregious deviation from in-class expectations for appropriate student behavior will lead to a deduction from this part of the student’s grade.
Term Projects/Extended Work (30%)
Students are expected to complete longer-term projects that will require substantial research and revision. Students will be notified when a piece of work falls under this category and task-specific rubrics will be distributed with the assignment.
Please Note – Students are expected to turn in original work that includes proper citations when necessary. Work that is copied or plagiarized will receive a score of zero and no makeup opportunity will be given.
Attached please find links to our classroom rubrics/standards for grading notebooks, contributions to class discussion, and “short-burst” writing assignments such as in-class writing or homework assignments.
Rubrics for more significant pieces of work such as term papers will accompany those assignments as they are given.
Notebook StandardsRubricsHomework Classwork Rubric
My name is Ian Stewart, and I am the newest member of the faculty at Discovery School. I will be teaching social studies for grades 9 through 12.
For the past thirteen years I have been teaching economics, government, and history (both global and US) at a public high school in New York City. While I enjoyed my time at Bronx Health Sciences High School very much, I was ready to explore new challenges and to embark on an adventure.
Prior to my time teaching in the public schools, I worked in the private sector for a test-preparation company by the name of The Princeton Review. While my primary responsibilities focused on test preparation for graduating college students (LSAT, MCAT, GRE, GMAT), I have extensive experience in helping students prepare for the SAT.
My sister is a Discovery School parent, and I have visited Honduras on two occasions in the past. I am delighted to be joining the Discovery School family and look forward to getting to know you all better as we move through this coming school year together.
Ian M. Stewart
Social Studies – Discovery School
We will finish up our semester course of psychology this week. We have definitely not covered all the information in our textbooks, so we are spending this week spotlighting the most important concepts that we have not studied yet: consciousness, memory, the stages of human development, and theories of personality. We will be using a variety of medias to learn this material and participating in activities and experiments. On Friday, we will be creating your study guide for the semester exam and next Monday and Tuesday will be review days.
As promised, we will play Kahoot on Monday with the mental health quizzes you created from your presentations. For the rest of the week, we will finish up our unit on sensory and perception by discussing how we perceive emotions and the concept of emotional intelligence. We will discuss the amygdala and its function with our emotional behavior. You will complete several psychological assessments as well as discuss and read various articles.
We will be finishing up the chapter on sensory and perception this week by participating in experiments, watching videos, and completing reviews from the textbook.
We will finish our unit on mental illness this week by completing presentations on Monday and Tuesday, and then having our Harkness discussion on Wednesday. You need to be prepared with your five questions from the movie that you chose, and be ready to incorporate those films in the discussion. Remember, the discussion is a group grade so everyone is responsible for contributing. We will practice the format on Tuesday. Thursday and Friday we will finish up with various case studies of mental illness.
We will watch two films this week, Rainman and A Beautiful Mind. Both of these films are based on true events and focus on two mental illnesses, autism and schizophrenia. As you watch the films, you will take notes for graded discussion as well as complete graphic organizers analyzing the characteristics of the psychological disorder.