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DeLand High School

IB Psychology 1 SL

2015-2016

Mrs. Valerie B. Goldy

vbgoldy@volusia.k12.fl.us
Course Objectives:

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to psychology in a manner that will further your understanding of human behavior and thought process using several perspectives. This course will culminate in written internal assessment and two tests administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization.


Textbook Used:

Crane, John and Hannibal, Jette, IB Psychology Course Companion: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, 1st ed. Oxford University Press, 2009.



Other Materials Needed:

  • 2 Inch (3-ring binder)

  • Six tab dividers for binder

      • Label the Tabs:

        • Introduction to Psychology/Research

        • Biological Perspective

        • Cognitive Perspective

        • Sociocultural Perspective

        • Abnormal Psychology

        • Internal Assessment

  • Pen/pencil

  • Paper


Major Units/Topics/Themes:

The curriculum will follow the guidelines of the International Baccalaureate Organization. The curriculum is divided into four major parts. Below I summarized the four parts. For a more detailed version please see the Psychology Guide at (http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/documents/dp/gr3/psychology/d_3_psych_gui_0902_1_e.pdf).



Part I: The Core

The study of the biological level of analysis, the cognitive level of analysis and the sociocultural level of analysis comprises the core of the psychology course.

The three levels of analysis focus on three fundamental influences on behavior:

• biological

• cognitive

• sociocultural.

The interaction of these influences substantially determines behavior. The level of analysis approach reflects a modern trend in psychology towards integration and demonstrates how explanations offered by each of the three levels of analysis (biological, cognitive and sociocultural) complement one another and together provide more complete and satisfactory explanations of behavior.


Part II: Option

The options have been chosen to provide continuity with the previous syllabus and to reflect developing fields in psychology. There are five options.

• Abnormal psychology

• Developmental psychology

• Health psychology

• Psychology of human relationships

• Sport psychology
Students at SL must study ONE option. In class we will be studying Abnormal Psychology
Part III: Qualitative research in psychology

Qualitative research takes place in the real world, as opposed to the laboratory, and deals with how people give meaning to their own experiences. It involves research of behavior in a natural setting, and is followed by an attempt to interpret the behavior and the meanings that people have given to their experiences.

Qualitative research strategies include the use of observations, interviews and case studies, among others. These will often involve face to face interactions between researcher and participant where the researcher needs to be flexible and sensitive to the needs of the social context within which the data is obtained. The data is subsequently analyzed and interpreted. Generally the aim of qualitative research is to allow themes, categories or theories to emerge from the data, rather than to focus narrowly on preconceived ideas or hypotheses.

It is important for students to realize that qualitative and quantitative research complement each other. Each is suited to investigating different aspects of behavior and should be used appropriately.


Areas to be studied:


  • Theory and practice in qualitative research

  • Interviews

  • Observations

  • Case studies


Part IV: Simple Experimental Study (Internal Assessment)

Students are required to plan and undertake a simple experimental study and to produce a report of their study. A simple experimental study involves the manipulation, by the student, of a single independent variable and the measurement of the effect of this independent variable on a dependent variable, while controlling other variables.


IB Assessment

External assessment (3 hours) 75%

This exam takes place the first week of May, and is administered in two days.

Paper 1 (2 hours) 50%

Section A: Three compulsory questions on part 1 of the syllabus.

Section B: Three questions on part 1 of the syllabus. Students choose one question to answer in essay form.

Paper 2 (1 hour) 25%

Fifteen questions on part 2 of the syllabus. Students choose one question to answer in essay form.

Internal assessment 25%

A report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student.



Classroom Assessment:

Diagnostic 0%

Pretests

Formative 40%

Chapter Questions, In Class Writings, Quizzes

Summative 60%

Tests, projects, Internal Assessment
Grading Scale:

A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-69

F 0-59
Retake Policy:

Students will have the opportunity to retake one summative each quarter. The teacher will determine which summative the student will be able to retake. The highest score will be used to calculate the final grade.



Example 1:

    • original test: 63%; re-take: 81% Assigned value: 81%

Example 2:

    • original test 83%; re-take: 78% Assigned value: 83%


Psychology Binder:

Students will keep a binder throughout the year to stay organized and reflect on what they have learned in Psychology. Index tabs will be used to organize the binder. Index tabs should be labeled: Introduction to Psychology/Research, Biological, Cognitive, Sociocultural, Abnormal, and Internal Assessment.



DHS rules:

Students are expected to follow all DHS rules and act appropriately in class. Students who choose not to do so will receive the prescribed consequences, which may include lunch detention, a phone call home, or a discipline referral.


Classroom Procedures:

  • All homework, projects and assignments will be collected at the beginning of the period. For online quizzes and blogs they are due by 11:59 PM on the due date.

  • All work must be turned in on the due date. Contact me for extenuating circumstances.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to get all make-up work from the teacher upon their return to school. A note should be handed in to guidance within two days of returning. Students will have one day for each day absent to makeup work.

  • When taking tests, remain seated and quiet until all students are finished with their test.

  • This course deals with many sensitive issues. Rudeness or disrespect will not be tolerated.

  • Students are allowed to retake one test each quarter. They get to choose the test. Remediation must be completed before the test can be retaken. All retake must be completed a week before the end of the quarter.

Teacher’s Authority to Override Final Grade:

A teacher may override the final grade if a student’s overall performance warrants it. Before the grade override is finalized, the teacher must notify the parent/guardian concerning the student’s performance if the override may result in a lower final grade. The teacher may issue a failing grade override based on the student’s overall performance only with the approval of the principal.


In Addition:

I have created a group for this class on Schoology. We will hold class discussions on the site, and have quizzes. Assignments will be posted there to view at home.


Students, please go to www.schoology.com and create a free account.

Use the access code: RDDWB-JDG89 to join the group as soon as possible. The syllabus is also available on Schoology.


This year I will be using the Remind App to send students important class information. Types of things I will send are reminders about tests, quizzes and assignments if I am out. Please join! The remind app allows me to send you a text, but does not allow you to respond back. To join please follow the instructions below!

Send a Text to this number: 81010


Text this message: @freudlover
I am always available and willing to help my students and their parents. My email is vbgoldy@volusia.k12.fl.us

DeLand High School

AP World History

2015-2016

Mrs. Valerie B. Goldy

vbgoldy@volusia.k12.fl.us
Course Objectives:

This fast-paced and rigorous course will take you on a panoramic, thematic, and trans-regional journey over a period of 12,000 years, in less than 180 days. Along the way, you will discover patterns of continuity and change over time and space, ascertain similarities and differences between societies, gain an appreciation for a diversity of traditions and regional cultures, as well as the realization of impact that encounters and interactions have had on the human past and continues to shape the future. This venture will require both dedication and discipline since you have the opportunity to earn college credit by accurately composing three historical essays.


Textbook Used:

Bulliet, Richard W.; Crossley; Headrick; Hirsch; Johnson and Northrup, The Earth and Its People: A Global History 5th ed. Wadsworth, 2011.



Other Materials Needed:

  • 2 Inch (3-ring binder)

  • Pen (blue or black ink)/pencil

  • Paper

  • 6 dividers (one for each historical period)


Course Themes:

Interaction between Humans and the Environment: Demography and disease, Migration, Patterns of settlement, Technology

Development and Interaction of Cultures: Religions, Belief systems, philosophies, and ideologies, Science and technology, the arts and architecture

State-building, Expansion, and Conflict: Political structures and forms of governance, Empires, Nations and nationalism, Revolts and revolutions, Regional, trans-regional, and global structures and international organizations.

Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems: Agricultural and pastoral production, Trade and commerce, Labor systems, Industrialization, Capitalism

Development and Transformation of Social Structures: Gender roles and relations, Family and kinship, Racial and ethnic constructions, Social and economic classes
Historical Periods:

  1. Technological and Environmental Transformations: to c. 600 B.C.E.

  2. Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies: c. 600 B.C.E. c. 600 C.E.

  3. Regional and Trans regional Interactions: c. 600 C.E. to c. 1450

  4. Global Interactions: c. 1450 to 1750

  5. Industrialization and Global Integration: c.1750 to c. 1900

  6. Accelerating Global Change and Realignments: c. 1900 to Present


AP World History Exam

The AP World History Exam is 3 hours and 5 minutes long and includes both a 55-minute multiple-choice section and a 130-minute free-response section. The multiple-choice section of the examination accounts for half of the student's exam score, and the free-response section for the other half. 



Question Type

Number of Questions

Timing

Multiple-choice

70 questions

55 minutes

Document-based question

1 question

50 minutes
(includes a 10-minute reading period)

Continuity and change-over-time essay

1 question

40 minutes

Comparative essay

1 question

40 minutes


Classroom Assessment:

Diagnostic 0%

Pretests

Formative 40%

Chapter Questions, In Class Writings, Quizzes

Summative 60%

Tests (Multiple Choice and Essay (Comparative or Continuity and Change), UMPs, DBQs
Grading Scale:

A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-69

F 0-59
Retake Policy:

Students are allowed to retake one test each quarter. They get to choose the test. You must attend a lab before the test can be retaken. All retakes must be completed a week before the end of the quarter. The highest score will be used to calculate the final grade.



Example 1:

    • original test: 63%; re-take: 81% Assigned value: 81%

Example 2:

    • original test 83%; re-take: 78% Assigned value: 83%


AP World History Binder:

Students will keep a binder throughout the year to stay organized and reflect on what they have learned in AP World History. Index tabs will be used to organize the binder. Index tabs should be labeled 1-6 for each of the historical periods we will cover.



DHS rules:

Students are expected to follow all DHS rules and act appropriately in class. Students who choose not to do so will receive the prescribed consequences, which may include lunch detention, a phone call home, or a discipline referral.


Classroom Procedures:

  • All homework, projects and assignments will be collected at the beginning of the period. For online quizzes and blogs they are due by 11:59 PM on the due date.

  • All work must be turned in on the due date. Contact me for extenuating circumstances.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to get all make-up work from the teacher upon their return to school. A note should be handed in to guidance within two days of returning. Students will have one day for each day absent to makeup work.

  • When taking tests, remain seated and quiet until all students are finished with their test.

  • All makeup work and retakes must be completed a week before the end of the quarter. The date for each quarter is clearly posted in the classroom.

  • In order to retake a test you must attend a lab (times will be listed in the classroom.)


Teacher’s Authority to Override Final Grade:

A teacher may override the final grade if a student’s overall performance warrants it. Before the grade override is finalized, the teacher must notify the parent/guardian concerning the student’s performance if the override may result in a lower final grade. The teacher may issue a failing grade override based on the student’s overall performance only with the approval of the principal.


In Addition:

I have created a group for this class on Schoology. We will hold class discussions on the site, and have quizzes. Assignments will be posted there to view at home.


Students, please go to www.schoology.com and create a free account. Use the access code: Z794Z-ZV3ZQ to join the group as soon as possible. The syllabus is also available on Schoology.
This year I will be using the Remind App to send students important class information. Types of things I will send are reminders about tests, quizzes and assignments if I am out. Please join! The remind app allows me to send you a text, but does not allow you to respond back. To join please follow the instructions below!

Send a Text to this number: 81010


Text this message: @whap16
If you need any additional help or have other concerns, please let me know. I am always available and willing to help my students and their parents. My email is vbgoldy@volusia.k12.fl.us


DeLand High School

World History

2015-2016

Mrs. Valerie B. Goldy

vbgoldy@volusia.k12.fl.us
Course Objectives:

World History is a required one year credit overview course for 10th graders at DHS. The course content will be varied and will cover known history from the rise of Europe up to the 21st century. Focus points will be contributions made by Eastern and Mid-Eastern Civilizations such as those found in Egypt, Africa, China, and Iraq. In addition, time will be invested in looking at the countries of Western Europe that form a basis of our civilization. We will be looking at political structures; the impact of geography and weather on history; the significance of social, artistic, and technological changes and improvements; as well as military history. One main goal of the class is to insure students know the issues of today and how in many cases there is an historical reason for those issues.


Textbook Used:

Ellis, Elizabeth G. and Elser, Anthony, World History, Pearson Education Inc., 2013.


Other Materials Needed:

  • 1 inch (3 Ring Binder)

  • Paper

  • Colored Pencils (Recommended)

Students will maintain a notebook which will be used only for this class. Within the notebook students will have all of their classroom notes and handouts. Students must have all notes and handouts organized for the current chapter in order presented in class. For each missing required piece two points will be deducted from the notebook score. This notebook will provide the materials needed for all chapter exams and for review for the Volusia County End-of-Course Exam.



Major Units/Topics/Themes:

Unit 2: Regional Civilizations



  • The Rise of Europe (500-1300)

  • The High and Late Middle Ages (1050-1450)

  • The Byzantine Empire, Russia, and Eastern Europe (330-1613)

  • Muslim Civilizations (622-1629)

  • Kingdoms and Trading States of Africa (730 B.C. – A.D. 1591)

  • The Spread of Civilization in East and Southeast Asia (500-1650)

Unit 3: Early Modern Times

  • The Renaissance and Reformation (1300 – 1650)

  • The Beginnings of Our Global Age: Europe, Africa, and Asia (1415 - 1796)

  • The Beginnings of Our Global Age: Europe and the Americas (1492 - 1750)

Unit 4: Enlightenment and Revolution

  • The Enlightenment and the American Revolution (1700 - 1800)

  • The French Revolution and Napoleon (1789 - 1815)

  • Revolutions in Europe and Latin America (1790 – 1848)

Unit 5: Industrialism and a New Global Age

  • Life in the Industrial Age (1800 -1914)

  • Nationalism and Triumphs in Europe (1800 – 1914)

  • The New Imperialism (1800 – 1914)

Unit 6: World Wars and Revolutions

  • World War I and the Russian Revolution (1914 – 1924)

  • Nationalism and Revolution Around the World (1910 – 1939)

  • The Rise of Totalitarianism (1919 – 1939)

  • World War II and its Aftermath (1931-1955)

Unit 7: The World since 1945

  • The Cold War (1945-1991)

  • New Nations Emerge (1945 – Present)

  • Regional Conflicts (1945 – Present)

  • The Developing World (1945 – Present)

  • The World Today


Major Projects:

Each quarter there will be a major project focusing on a major unit being covered in class. Details for the projects will be available on the class website and will be discussed in class.


Grades:

Diagnostic 0%

Pretests

Formative 40%

Quizzes, in class assignments, Notebook Checks

Summative 60%

Chapter Exams, Midterm Exam, DBQ Essays, Projects, Final Exam

Throughout the grading period extra credit will be offered. Students should take advantage of these opportunities as they arise.



Grading Scale:

A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-69

F 0-59

Retake Policy:

Students will have the opportunity to retake one summative each quarter. The teacher will determine which summative the student will be able to retake. The highest score will be used to calculate the final grade.



Example 1:

    • original test: 63%; re-take: 81% Assigned value: 81%

Example 2:

    • original test 83%; re-take: 78% Assigned value: 83%



Teacher’s Authority to Override Final Grade:

A teacher may override the final grade if a student’s overall performance warrants it. Before the grade override is finalized, the teacher must notify the parent/guardian concerning the student’s performance if the override may result in a lower final grade. The teacher may issue a failing grade override based on the student’s overall performance only with the approval of the principal.


DHS rules:

Students are expected to follow all DHS rules and act appropriately in class. Students who choose not to do so will receive the prescribed consequences, which may include lunch detention, a phone call home, or a discipline referral.


Classroom Procedures/Rules:

  • All homework, projects and assignments will be collected at the beginning of the period.

  • All work must be turned in on the due date. Ten percent will be taken off the grade for each day late, unless excused. Contact me for extenuating circumstances.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to get all make-up work from the teacher upon their return to school. A note should be handed in to guidance within two days of returning. Students will have one day for each day absent to makeup work.

  • All makeup work and retakes must be completed a week before the end of the quarter. The date for each quarter is clearly posted in the classroom.

  • When taking tests, remain seated and quiet until all students are finished with their test.

  • Rudeness or disrespect will not be tolerated. Respect Others.

  • Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.

  • Stay in your assigned seat, unless you are given permission to do otherwise.

  • No cursing or use of profanity.

  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.


In Addition:

If you need any additional help or have other concerns, please let me know. I am always available and willing to help my students and their parents. My email is vbgoldy@volusia.k12.fl.us


This year I will be using the Remind App to send students important class information. Types of things I will send are reminders about tests, quizzes and assignments if I am out. Please join! The remind app allows me to send you a text, but does not allow you to respond back. To join please follow the instructions below!

Send a Text to this number: 81010


Text this message: @wh16


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