Psychology (Oct. 9 – 13) Mr. Ian Stewart

This week we will be starting our Psychology lab on learning and conditioning.


Psychology (Mr. Ian Stewart) Oct. 2 and 3

Students are scheduled to finish MAP testing during the psychology period on Tuesday the 3rd.

To support an inquiry project, students have been asked to bring in a medium to large sized cardboard box when they return from break. We will be building mazes and will be engaging in a laboratory experiment on learning and operant conditioning.

Class today will focus on providing additional academic foundation to support the project.

Mr. Stewart’s Homework for Friday (Psychology)

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.

Required Materials – Mr. Ian Stewart (Psychology)

Good Morning,

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 (Psychology)

Grading Policy – Mr. Stewart

Department of Social Studies, Upper School – Discovery School

Each students grade will be determined based on the following formula:

Assessments (30%)

This includes tests, quizzes, and in-class presentations that are intended to demonstrate mastery of the curriculum.

Homework (15%)

Homework will be graded according to the rubric posted on the teacher’s blog. Unexcused late homework will be subject to a points deduction.

Classwork/Engagement (25%)

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.

Mr. Stewart Introduction (Social Studies 9-12)

Good Day,

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

Psychology December 5-9

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.

Psychology Nov 28-Dec 2

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.