After starting to learn about the brain in class (btw, we are barely scratching the surface), what do you think about President Obama's BRAIN Initiative? Is this something that is worth the money? Why do you think that it is important to better understand how our brains work? For more information on the BRAIN Initiative visit their page at the National Institutes of Health.
I know that some of you still need to fill out the survey but a long weekend seemed too good of an opportunity to pass up formulating the results!
*Edited to add- The file didn't work! Or at least it didn't stay working. I'll add it to Schoology too for easy viewing.
You've heard of "throwback Thursday"---I guess this picture is an example of "way back Wednesday".
You may be wondering why I would willingly share this picture with the world. I used to be embarrassed by this picture but as time has passed I now look at it with pride - or at least a sense of humor. When I showed this picture during a slide show at my wedding reception people laughed, but in a good natured way because we all have pictures like this in our past. When I show this picture to my students, generally they think I was cute. They laugh but don't make fun of me or hold my "Annie" type fro against me in any way.
That is the mindset that you need to have when we blog in class. Yes, you're revealing a little bit of yourself to the world but it's not a big deal. No one is going to pick on you or make you feel bad about what you write. The purpose of our blogging is to help you to express yourself and to present yourself to the "world" (mainly our classes) in a socially and academically appropriate way. This is an important skill to have as future members of the 21st Century workforce.
So, don't worry about sounding stupid or think that you have nothing to say that anyone wants to hear. You're perfect just the way you are!
So, here you are in a new class where we're learning in a different way. We've talked about the new ways that we will be learning, but we haven't talked too much about what we're going to be learning about. Basically, learning about what Psychology is and isn't is what Unit 1 is all about.
According to the APA (American Psychological Association): "Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental healthcare services, "the understanding of behavior" is the enterprise of psychologists."
So, here's my question to you: Given the definition of psychology from the APA, why do you think that Psychology is a valuable course to take in high school? How do you think that it will help you in your daily life? Are you glad that you signed up for this course based on the definition of psychology?
I guess that was more than one question! Feel free to answer one or more of those questions in the comments or even ask some of your own questions!
By the way, a neat video to watch to introduce yourself to psychology is Intro to Psychology - Crash Course Psychology #1. I've included the video on Schoology too just in case you want to watch it in school.