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.
We will be doing a variety of activities related to digital citizenship this week. For the first lesson, we will understand the pros and cons of technology on our brains, focusing on the development of children’s brains. You will write a four paragraph essay on these benefits and disadvantages. On Tuesday and Wednesday we will be watching part of a documentary, Audrie and Daisy, that addresses the very dangerous and traumatic effects of cyberbullying.
We will continue our lesson on “Your Brain on Food” by researching the various effects certain foods have on your brain. You will have Tuesday to work on your visual presentation for the food fair that will be during class on Wednesday, October 12th.
On Monday, you will present your psychological experiment findings to a panel of teachers during class. This will conclude our unit on Psychological Methodology and we will begin chapter 3, “Biology and Behavior.” While I am out on Tuesday, you will watch an episode of “Brain Games” to understand how our brains deceive us and affect our behaviors. On Wednesday, you will have a pre-assessment to review the parts of the brain and their functions from Biology and then based on these results, we will move on to the brain functions. You will be preparing for an “educational food fair” at the end of the week to inform people on the effects of food on the brain. We will conduct this “fair” next week for teachers and students.
Last week you voted on two experiments that we will conduct this week for Psychology. On Monday, as a class you will come up with entire plan for your experiment this week by using a calendar and collaboration for time management. On Friday or Monday, depending on the time of the experiments, you will present your findings to a panel of teachers and staff here at Discovery. You will need to dress professionally and create a presentation of both experiments illustrating the scientific method, your findings, and how it relates to psychology.
Since you voted on doing psychological experiments, we will be planning for those this week. On Monday, you should come up with an idea to present to the class using the scientific method, steps 1-3. Then, on Tuesday you will formulate groups based on interest and plan the experiment.
We will finish chapter 2 this week on psychological methods by discussing psychological studies, specifically famous studies that have now been deemed as unethical such as the Milgram Experiment and the Stanford Prison Experiment. Make sure you are working on defining and understanding the key terms from the chapter. You will have a quiz next week.
On Monday we will review the history of psychology and psychology as a modern science by playing Trashball in order to prepare for your quiz on Tuesday. We will finish the week with reviewing the scientific method, with a focus on psychological experimentation and ethics. You will be brainstorming about a psychological experiment that your class can conduct here at Discovery School.
You should continue to complete your “Psychology as a Modern Science” graphic organizer this week as we discuss more of Behaviorism, Psychoanalysis and the influence of Sigmund Freud, and the contemporary fields of psychology. You will have a quiz at the beginning of next week and you should use your graphic organizer as your study guide.