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  1. Psychology Mrs. Amy Sefcik Room 2636 Conference: 4th period

  2. Course Goals • Introduce students to the fascinating field of psychology in order to help them better understand the human aspect of the world around them. • Have fun doing it.

  3. Books & Media • Textbook: Understanding Psychology, 6th ed. • Vocabulary: worksheets and vocab from text • Case Studies • Film: Zimbardo’s Introductory Psychology series; clips from popular films that accurately illustrate psychological phenomena

  4. Vocabulary • Vocabulary is half the battle in any new subject. We will use the vocabulary resources provided in the book, and supplement them as needed. • You will also build your vocabulary via a daily “Word of the Day” and a “Living Word Wall”

  5. Grading • Daily assignments, projects, class participation, vocabulary, quizzes, tests, essays • 60% Major (tests & projects),40% Minor (participation, etc.)

  6. Make-up Work Wiki-space When you are absent, the district policy states that you have one day plus the number of days you were absent to turn in any missed daily work. However, if you are absent on the day an assignment is due, it is due the day you return. For long-term, major projects, you receive a five-day window in which to turn in the project whether you are at school or not. If you are absent YOU are responsible for getting your make-up work from our online classroom. If you do not understand any part of the assignment, please ask me. If you are on campus the day an assignment is due, and are not sent home due to illness, the standard late work policy applies.

  7. Transfer Students • The class wiki is your best resource for keeping up with the class. • Higher level of difficulty because of lack of time, but not impossible. Tutorials and extended day: use them! • Schedule: • Tuesdays and Thursdays, other days by appointment only. • Appointment means a REQUEST, at least 24 hours in advance. • I teach night class at ITT, and am taking courses in a Master’s Program. I am Not physically available at certain times, but can always be reached via email.

  8. Late Policy • Daily Work: may be turned in the day following the due date, for (max. of) half credit. • Major grade assignments will be docked 10 points per day. Saturday and Sunday count as two days. The first deduction occurs after the end of your class period on the day the assignment is due. • If a five-day window has been given for a long-term, major assignment (ex. Outside Reading) it will not be accepted after the last day of the window. • What if… aliens abduct my sister, and I miss my aunt’s wedding trying to save her, getting to campus only five minutes ago and suddenly realizing I left my assignment sitting on the stove, so now it’s bound to be a pile of ashes, but I stayed up until four o’clock working on it! • Consider a career in screenwriting. It’s still late. • What if… I need extra help with the assignment. • Talk to me at least 24 hours in advance of the due time (i.e., the day before, during your class).

  9. Discipline & Plagiarism The nature of the Carl Wunsche Sr. High School is professional. Students are expected to act professionally and appropriately in all classroom situations. Plagiarism will result in a loss of credit for the assignment and may result in a referral to the Assistant Principal’s office.

  10. Supplies • Writing Utensil (pen/pencil) • Highlighters • 5-subject notebook • Post-it notes • Your Laptop

  11. Questions?

  12. Note Card • Please write your name (last name first), your parent’s name(s), phone numbers, and email address on the note card. • In the top right corner, write your birthday (mm/dd) • Remember, I don’t bite. If you need help, or have a question, just ask! • Email: