Fall 2020 & Spring 2021
Syllabus & Class Information
Remind Information: Text @psy-reinh to 81010
Periods 1st, 2nd, and 6th
From the College Board: The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students will explore and apply psychological theories, key cocnepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students will employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, analyze bias, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas.
Because this course is the equivalent of a college course and in order for students to perform well on the National AP Exam, students must meet the high expectations for the course and share the responsibility for mastery of the course objectives. This involves the careful reading of the textbook, class participation, cooperation and collaboration, as well as the knowledge and application of current examples of contemporary American politics. Lazy work ethic will not bode well for students in this course.
Course Reading Requirements
The Weiten text is designed for college and university students. In order to be successful in a course of this type, students need to maximize their time, through proper organization and time management skills. In addition to the survey text, students will be required to read additional handouts.
Weiten, Wayne. Pscyhology: Themes and Variations, 9th Edition. Las Vegas: University of Nevada, 2013.
Exams/Projects – 40%
Homework, Quizzes, & FRQs – 30% (two grades in this category will be dropped for each 9-week grading period)
Learning Objectives - 30%
Any behavior that makes it difficult for you or your peers to learn or for me to teach is not acceptable.
Retakes are not a free ticket to slack off the first time. Nor is it an infinite fount of chances to raise your grade. Retakes are allowed to ensure you learned the content, therefore I am strictly enforcing the following expectations:
- You will only be allowed a retake for scoring below standard (70%) on a chapter exam. There are no retakes/corrections on quizzes.
- You will only be allowed a retake if you have completed ALL daily work for that unit and must be able to show them to me (vocabulary, reading guides, etc).
- You may not earn higher than a 70% on a retake.
- You will take a different exam from the first time.
- The average of the two exams will be used for your grade up to a 70%. An 85 or greater on a retake will result in an automatic 70%, regardless of the The highest of the two tests grades (without exceeding 70%) will be taken to benefit the student the most.
- Scantrons are not to leave my classroom at any time. If you wish to review them to study for a retake you may do so in my supervision during my tutoring times.
Show up on time; being tardy will result in consequences. Not only will you lose valuable time to learn the material, but you also put your peers at a disadvantage.
Attendance and Make-Up Work Policy
Missing class will make it harder for you to be successful. If you are absent it is your responsibility to find out what you missed.
- You are responsible for seeing me about missed assignments. You should do this before or after school/class. Do not expect me to stop class to get your missed assignments.
- You will also be responsible for getting any notes that you missed from someone else in the class or from the teacher website.
- If your absence was excused you will have two days to make up every one day missed except for quizzes and tests.
- Quizzes and tests must be made up the day you return from your excused absence. You can do this before or after school or during class. However, making up a quiz/test during class will result in you getting further behind.
- If you were present when an item was assigned but it was due on the day you were absent, it is then due the day you return to class.
Food and Drink
THIS IS A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT - Food and Drink are allowed as long as:
- There is no mess left behind.
- It is not a distraction.
- You were not tardy arriving to class – DO NOT come in my room late because you were getting Las Palapas.
Important Things to Remember
- Cell phones and MP3 players are NOT allowed while class is in session.
- Use appropriate language.
- When a student or a teacher is talking please be respectful and listen.
- Participation is key both to your grade and your enjoyment of this class.
- Please respect each other, we will engage in discussions in this class that may touch nerves and stir up differences of opinion. These discussions need to remain respectful to be of any real value.