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Users Guide to Your Brain: Intro to Psychology

In this 12 week academic course aimed at middle to high school students, we will explore our brains--what they're made of, how they work, and why they sometimes don't make any sense!
Kerrick Goodman-Lucker
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70 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 12 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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Class Experience

Students will learn about basic psychological theories, the field of psychology, and fascinating things about thinking and behavior. We will cover psychological wellness, development of the brain, perceptions and states of consciousness, the role dreams play in our health, and more!
The major learning goals for this course are:
1) Students will learn about the field of psychology and psychology-related careers
2) Students will learn evidence-based strategies for taking care of their own psychological wellness and improve their ability to reflect on their own cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns and identify strategies for change where desired
3) Students will develop a framework for discerning evidence-based, scientific research from untested ideas
I teach psychology at the high school level. I undertook extensive coursework in cognitive and developmental psychology as part of my master's degree work in education. I have a PEL in progress (expected August 2020). As a member of the LGBTQ community and a teacher in a school for diverse learners, my sensitivity helps me tailor this class to fit each student. 
Students will keep a journal outside of class and participate on the class discussion board. By the end of class students will complete a research project individually on a topic of their choosing.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions and participate in the class discussion board. By the end of class students will complete a research project individually on a topic of their choosing.
1 hour 10 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
In my experience, students in this course often have questions about mental illness, drug use, gender and relationships, and other topics related to the course material. These questions will be addressed appropriately in class with objective, factual information as long as they are relevant and in good faith. Students with a family history of mental illness, trauma, or drug abuse should be aware that these topics may come up in class discussion.


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About Me

How do we help people grow to be the best self-powered learners they possibly can? It's my life's work to help people learn how to learn everything they ever wanted. As a teacher, my special areas of expertise are project-based learning, design... 
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