Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What Motivated Mike - Blog Comment due 3/21

Here is a great Nike spot with Michael Jordan talking about how failure has helped him to succeed. Thanks for reminding me of this one, Mr. Niebuhr.

If the above play button does not appear or work you can try the link below.


If the video won't play, here is the quote that Michael Jordan states during the commercial. Base your answer on this quote.

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
-- Michael Jordan

What do you think motivated Michael Jordan become the greatest basketball player of his era and one of the greatest in the history of the game?

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Unit 11 - Motivation and Emotion Reading Assignment

Unit 11: Motivation and Emotion

M.C. DUE 3/29 (just before quiz)
QUIZ (along with next unit) WILL BE ON 3/30
GET YOUR AP REVIEW BOOK – from library or from Amazon or other store! 3/19

Bernstein Text Chapter 11 Pp. 396 - 449 Read and take Cornell Notes

1. Skim quickly – pay attention to headings, photos etc. – Ask yourself questions about the various headings and images.

 2. Go back and take your notes.
a. Make sure each heading and subheading is in your notes
b. Make sure you write at least a main idea for each one
c. Make sure all “boxed” definitions are in your notes
d. Draw all important diagrams and label them.
e. Make note of any examples or mnemonics that will help you f. Write any questions you have and note things you don’t understand to ask about in class.

 3. Carefully read the summary at the end of the chapter and add key information to your notes.

Bernstein Study Guide Chapter 11 Starts on P. 315 (You will be graded for completing and correcting them, not for how many you got right.)

1. Skim outline and key terms: Pp. 315-323– Do FLASHCARDS of underlined terms . They must have EXAMPLES, DIAGRAMS and/or MNEMONICS

2. In your notes, do Fill-In-The-Blanks on P. 323 Write the question and answer it without looking at the book or your notes. Then check your answers. For each wrong answer, write the correct answer and be sure the information is in your notes.

 3. Do BOTH multiple choice sample quizzes.that start on P. 327. Do quiz 1 first check and correct it, review the notes then do quiz 2 and check it. YOU MUST WRITE EXPLANATIONS for all wrong answers.

 Do you understand the KEY IDEAS? Theories of Motivation, Instinct, Drives, Homeostasis, Arousal, Hunger & Food Motivations, Sex Motivations, Achievement Motivations, Autonomic Nervous System,

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Intelligence and Testing

Intelligence and Culture

Go to the "Intelligence and Culture" clip to see how Aboriginal children in Australia excel on visuospatial tasks compared to white children.  http://www.learner.org/resources/series142.html#program_descriptions 

Online sample IQ questions
Remember, a real IQ test is given one-on-one with a psychologist administering the questions, but this online test can give you a sense of the different types of questions that are on typical IQ tests. Note the cultural bias in some of the questions.

A different type of cultural bias
A very different set of sample questions the "Chitling Test," a parody of IQ test questions based on knowledge that is part of many African American communities but not in main-stream US culture. No questions about "the Hague" on here...

Intelligence and savants

The movie "The Boy with the Incredible Brain"is available free online, but it's blocked at school.

"This is the breathtaking story of Daniel Tammet. A twenty-something with extraordinary mental abilities, Daniel is one of the world’s few savants. He can do calculations to 100 decimal places in his head, and learn a language in a week. He also meets the world’s most famous savant, the man who inspired Dustin Hoffman’s character in the Oscar winning film ‘Rain Man’ This documentary follows Daniel as he travels to America to meet the scientists who are convinced he may hold the key to unlocking similar abilities in everyone."


It is worth watching to see how incredible mental abilities can sometimes arise from damage to the brain and often come with what some would consider pretty difficult deficits.