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Psychology in Society - Middle School Elective (Part 4 of 4)

In this 5-week course, learners will continue their study of psychology by exploring personality, stress and health, positive psychology, and applications and career options.
April Williamson
36 total reviews for this teacher
New class
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55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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This class is guided by the following APA National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula. Since it has been designed for learners age 11-14, some standards will be covered without the depth of a high school course and some standards have been omitted to keep the content appropriate for the age group.  

Individual Variations Domain:
~ Personality
--- Perspectives on personality 
1.1 Evaluate psychodynamic theories.
1.2 Evaluate trait theories.
1.3 Evaluate humanistic theories.
1.4 Evaluate social–cognitive theories.
--- Assessment of personality 
2.1 Differentiate personality assessment techniques.
2.2 Discuss the reliability and validity of personality assessment techniques.
--- Issues in personality 
3.1 Discuss biological and situational influences.
3.2 Discuss stability and change.
3.3 Discuss connections to health and work.
3.4 Discuss self-concept.
3.5 Analyze how individualistic and collectivistic cultural perspectives relate to personality.

Applications of Psychological Science Domain:
~ Health
--- Stress and coping
1.1 Define stress as a psychophysiological reaction.
1.2 Identify and explain potential sources of stress.
1.3 Explain physiological and psychological consequences for health.
1.4 Identify and explain physiological, cognitive, and behavioral strategies to deal with stress.
--- Behaviors and attitudes that promote health 
2.1 Identify ways to promote mental health and physical fitness.
2.2 Describe the characteristics of and factors that promote resilience and optimism.
2.3 Distinguish between effective and ineffective means of dealing with stressors and other health issues.

~ Vocational Applications 
--- Career options 
1.1 Identify careers in psychological science and practice.
1.2 Identify careers related to psychology.
--- Educational requirements 
2.1 Identify degree requirements for psychologists and psychology-related careers.
2.2 Identify resources to help select psychology programs for further study.
--- Vocational applications of psychological science 
3.1 Discuss ways in which psychological science addresses domestic and global issues.
3.2 Identify careers in psychological science that have evolved as a result of domestic and global issues.
I have a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and have taught year-long high school psychology classes since 2014. I'm also a Nearpod Certified Educator. 
There will be extension activities each week. 
Note-taking handouts will be provided throughout the course.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
A letter grade can be provided upon request prior to the start of the course. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class uses Nearpod interactive slides which provide learners with the opportunity to draw and type on slides, answer polls, manipulate drag and drop slides, and more. A Nearpod link will be shared at the beginning of each class. Nearpod does not require users to make an account. 


April Williamson
Lives in the United States
High School English and Psychology Teacher
36 total reviews
70 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I have taught secondary English, psychology, and social-emotional learning since 2013, working in California, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, Japan, and now England. I've taught at educational summer camps and in public and charter... 
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