Teacher: Bonnie Gonzalez
Text required: Exploring Psychology Tenth Edition (paperback or hardcover), by David Myers ISBN-13: 978-1429261784, ISBN-10: 1429261781
Class fees: $599.00
Tech Requirements: Full internet access. High speed would be very helpful, because part of this course will involve viewing and listening to streaming presentations.
This is a highly interactive class where students will be prepared for the AP Psychology exam in May. Through a study of the topics of neuroscience, the nature and nurture of development, sensation and perception, methods of learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, personality and psychological disorders students will learn about both historical and contemporary perspectives in the field of psychology. Since my experience is heavily weighted in the field of psychological disorders, and the treatment of those disorders, we will be giving special attention to these areas in our class assignments and online discussions.
The format of this class will include participation in two live components per week– two one- hour live lectures with full explanations of the concepts and the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the instructor. The second live component uses a chat format (one hour per week) where students will be viewing videos and websites to critically evaluate psychological perspectives and enhance the connection between behaviors and the concepts which represent them. Both components are also available throughout the year for downloading.
Students will be required to take bi-weekly chapter tests with free response essays which are similar to the AP Psychology essay. In addition weekly assignments such as completing sample ‘psychological tests’, designing an intelligence test, performing both classical and operant conditioning experiments, and building a virtual brain and neuron will be required.
A final project of designing and implementing a research study using class participants will further assist the student in learning the particulars of research into the field of psychology. Using the experimental method the student will learn to develop a survey, to understand the basics of correlational research, to use simple descriptive statistics, and to complete an experimental write-up of their project.
To help students keep on top of course work, I send out a weekly Monday email which includes study tips, review ideas, further explanations, optional extra credit assignments, and more.
Start Date: Monday, August 28, 2017– with submission of a Critical Book Review
End Date: First week of May 2018, when students take their AP Psychology exam (date not yet set by College Board
Who Should Apply: This class is for high school students who are looking for an interactive class, and are interested in learning about behavior. This is not an easy class, and each student must be willing to put in the required time. Qualified students will spend about 6 – 10 hours per week on this class. This accounts for reading the assigned texts, answering multiple-choice questions, writing essays, discussing class work and participating in the weekly online chats and live lectures. In addition, the student should be ready to take part actively in the class through regular discussion on the website and participation in the previously mentioned live lectures and chats.
Note: this course is open to 10th, 11th and 12th graders. I occasionally admit 9th graders who present exceptional credentials, but I feel that younger students (9th and 10th graders) should only take this class if they are prepared to excel in it.
Instructor Qualifications: The field of psychology is not only my career; it is also my passion. You might even call me a “psychology nerd”. Much of my free time is spent reading about new and interesting developments in the field. I have taught AP Psychology for the past 10 years to home school students. I have also taught Introductory Psychology and Developmental Psychology at local community colleges and I have developed online seminars for healthcare providers on the topics of stress, communication, job burn-out, anger assessment and management; and boundary setting. I have 36 years of experience as a counselor in the field of individual, marriage and family counseling where I have had the opportunity to instruct individuals in developing new and more productive behaviors. My degrees include an M.ED. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A in Psychology, both received from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.