Introduction to Psychology
Dear Parents and Students,
This course is designed as a general introduction for students to the field of Psychology. Psychology is generally defined as the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context. This course will integrate their own critical thinking skills with historical processes and course content in order to be able to apply their learning to their own lives. Please take some time to read through the policies and expectations that I have for the course. If parents have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to contact me using the information at the top of the page. Also, please use Family Access to keep informed of your child’s grades and classroom activities!
Possible Topics to be Covered (as suggested by the APA Education Directorate)
-Biological Bases of Behavior -Perspectives in Psychological Science
-Consciousness -Psychological Disorders
-Emotion -Research Methods and Statistics
-Learning -Sensation and Perception
-Life Span Development -Social Psychology
-Memory -Stress and Health Promotion
-Motivation -Treatment of Psychological Disorders
Supplies to bring to class daily
-One section in a 3 ring binder with dividers.
-Book Cover (Books may be assessed up to $98 for damage/replacement if a student is careless.)
Grades will be determined by a cumulative point system. To calculate your grade, simply divide the total points the student earned by the total possible points.
Unit Tests = 100 points each
Quizzes = 10 – 50 points each, depending on length and difficulty.
Homework = 5 points each (if checked only for completeness)
Other Assignments, Long Term Projects/Papers = 5 -200 points.
Midterm and Final Exams = 200 points
94 – 100 A 80 - 82 B- 60 – 69 D
90 – 93 A- 78 - 79 C+ Below 60 F
88 – 89 B+ 73 – 77 C
83 - 87 B 70 – 72 C-
To receive credit for an assignment the student must have the assignment completed and in class when it are due. If an assignment is to be turned in online, it is also expected that it will be turned in on time.
Daily homework assignments will not be accepted late. Long term assignments will be accepted up to 3 days late and will be assessed a penalty of a 10% deduction per day.
Make Up Work
Students should email me when they are absent to request the makeup assignment(s) and notes. The student is required to make up all classwork and homework. The assignments are due the next class day unless other arrangements are made with me. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any missed notes from another student as well as to come in for help before/after school or during lunch to receive any necessary assistance from me. Quizzes and tests must be made up upon the day of return unless other arrangements have been made. It is very important that students do not fall behind in math class because it is extremely difficult to catch up!!
For extended absences, such as family vacations, it is very important to notify the office and teachers as soon as possible. It takes a great deal of time and effort to gather notes and assignments for students who are going to absent for an extended period of time. All work should be completed when you return to class. I can answer questions and send answer keys via email to help absent students stay caught up with the class.
Attendance and Unexcused Absences
Good attendance is crucial in all mathematics courses. Often, the material learned during a lesson is needed for the following lesson. Any students who are absent more than twelve times, for any reason, in a semester will lose credit for the course. It is the parent’s responsibility to request a hearing as outlined in Policy 3313.
Many students may be absent due to a field trip or an extra-curricular activity, such as a sporting event. It is that student’s responsibility to turn in any assignments and take any quizzes or tests before leaving for the activity. It is also the student’s responsibility to obtain the notes and assignment for that day. Failure to do any of these things will result in a zero for all of the activities.
A student is tardy to class if they are not in their assigned seat when the bell rings. Students will receive a warning for the first unexcused tardy. On the second unexcused tardy, he or she will receive a detention. Any more than two tardies per marking period will result in an administrative referral. Please keep in mind that three tardies are equivalent to one class absence. A student who is tardy also risks having any grades that are recorded during their absence entered into the gradebook as a zero.
Extra help will be available in the mornings from 7:50 to 8:15 or in the afternoons from 3:05 until 3:35. Students may also seek help during their lunch period, if I am available. It is the student’s responsibility to check with me before coming (to make sure that I am available at that time) as well as arrange the necessary transportation to or from school. I am not available while I am teaching other classes.
Students are expected to follow all rules, regulations, and procedures in the Student Handbook at all times. Students should always use self-discipline and show utmost respect to the teacher and their classmates. Students are always expected to be prepared for class, participate in all activities and complete all assignments. Email should be checked twice daily for copies of notes, worksheets and announcements. Failure to comply will result in appropriate disciplinary action such as a call or email home, detention, or referral to an administrator.
Cell Phones/Electronics Policy
Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be placed in the hanging organizer by the door to my room when they come in for class. The phone must stay in the organizer for the entire class period unless a student receives my permission to retrieve and use their phone. Any violations of the policy will result in confiscation of the device and an administrative referral. Students may use their Chromebook during class to use their e-textbook or when given permission to check email, Skyward, or listen to music.
Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. Any student who gives or receives unauthorized help on any assignment, quiz, or test, or turns in an assignment that is not entirely their own will receive a zero for the activity. Students who habitually cheat on assignments will be referred to an administrator and may risk losing credit for the course.