Semester 1


UNIT ONE: Who Am I?

Unit one was all about expressing my life in the form of a poster. The "Who am I" poster was a way to express my love for volleyball and one of the most memorable moments in my life: becoming regional champs. While creating the poster, I encountered both challenges and successes. Some of the hardships that I encountered were first figuring out what to write and second finding the patience to erase all of the background in order to accentuate just me and the ball. After the completion of my poster, I realized that I was proud of what it turned out to be. Some things I still had to learn was how to make sure that I didn't put the text too close to the edge of the poster and how to use the eraser tool in a more effective way. It's easy to say that I felt accomplished from my final project. As I began writing my narative, many emotions flooded back with both happy and exciting memories, filling my body with chills. In the beginning of the writing process, I was stuck with simple word and sentence structuring. Thankfully, as I began to sit down and really focus, my complexity of words and sentences made a change for the better.

The second half of unit one was discovering two-way frequency tables. and how they work. As I was first introduced to two–way frequency tables, I was very confused simply because I was gone for a few of the days that we worked on them. However, as I figured out how they worked, they became very easy to do. In order to complete the tables, we had to look at four different habits of mind: metacognition, persistence, flexible thinking and collaboration. After this, we broke it down into females and males while figuring out the strongest and weakest categories for both genders. My biggest frustration was not knowing how to interpret the questions as well as not knowing how to calculate them. By persevering through the process and figuring out what the questions meant, I learned that not everything is going to be easy just because I wanted it to. After the assignment was completed, I learned how to compare data in the form of two–way frequency tables.

UNIT TWO: To Know Thyself: How Do I Know What I Know?

Throughout unit two, we discussed the importance of understanding all the types of psychology. However, I was assigned to research and create a poster stressing the importance of just one of the seven types. By using technology, we needed to be able to design, create, and refine a printed product in the form of an educational poster using our photoshop techniques.

Along the way of creating my poster, I encountered some challenges. These were getting my poster to save correctly, making a cohesive design, and not making the poster look crowded. This project was much more difficult than the Who Am I poster because I had more components that took more time to incorporate. I feel that I improved my photoshop skills because, after this poster, I was able to fade things to go behind a background and learned how to make the best use of my space in the poster. As I put all the information into my poster, I learned lots of new information about psychology and how our minds are greatly influenced by the culture and world that we live in. I made sure to make these ideas stand out by bolding certain fonts and including diagrams or pictures.

As we were creating the poster, we were also required to write a synthesis essay that argued a topic. We were provided four categories to choose from and I chose to write about the important factors to consider when figuring out what motivates students. My greatest challenge while writing this paper was including evidence that flowed smoothly throughout the paper. As I progressively continued to formulate my paper, I believe that I developed an essay that had an "easy to follow" type of writing without an overload of information. I did so while making sure my stance is clearly shown.

Lastly, in unit two, we learned how to analyze correlations. We did this by looking at all the ACT baseline scores of our junior class. By using scatter plots and best–fit lines, I was able to summarize and interpret data with two quantitative variables. My biggest challenge that I came across white creating my ACT correlation artifact was figuring out the right graph to represent the data. My success was being able to represent the data in an effective graph that was easy to read.

UNIT THREE: Am I a ghost or a machine?

Brain components are what make us, us. As unit three went along this is what we learned. In order to show our understanding of the brain, its parts, and all their functions, we were put into small groups and created a video. This video contained a plot and a form of script that incorporated the brain parts cohesively. My group encountered several challenges along the way. The final product we produced was titled Braintorious. Our biggest challenge was operating on a time crunch due to lack of time management. However, even with our procrastination, we were able to collaborate and create a decent film. We were satisfied with our final project considering we could never find days to all be available and film and with our procrastination in full effect.

In addition to our brain video, I was working on a memory and music lab. In the psychology portion of this lab, we were using the scientific method in order to summarize and conclude observations about how well students can recall a list of words while sitting in silence, with classical music, and with pop music. While revising and concluding, I learned, yet again, that things won't come easy but that I have to work harder and practice critical thinking. The memory and music lab was created to summarize, represent, and interpret single–variable data using an appropriate display. We also learned about the data displays and measures of center like the mean, median, and mode but in more depth than we did in eighth grade. I ended up creating my own hypothesis and ideas on what truly helps students focus when studying. I believed that students best learned in silence because I based it off my personal experience. To conclude the lab I learned that it all depends on student personality and preference because as we know, everyone's different.

UNIT FOUR: Is perception reality?

When asked and presented information about whether perception is reality, I truly didn't know how to respond. As we looked at all the different optical illusions, one of them stood out over the others. The one that I picked out was titled "Enigma". I chose this optical illusion because I thought that the purple rings around the black and white stripes looked more like an optical illusion compared to the others. I found it interesting because the longer I stared at it the more it started to deceive me. I truly didn’t understand how it worked until I read the description. The illusion, despite the appearance, isn't moving. If you stare at the center of the illusion for a while, some 'scintillating' activity, or movement, will build up in the violet and blueish annuli. It is said that some people see a circular rotation within these regions; things will begin to "run around in circles".

UNIT FIVE: Dream a little Dream

Unit five was more about personal experience and preference more than anything. By using adobe in design, we incorporated our technology skills and writing skills to produce an ebook. The content on our ebook was based on two events that had similar events yet different feelings and tones. Some of my successes while creating this ebook were being able to make the buttons work and create a cohesive design that wasn't too repetitive. The main challenges I came across were finding pictures to help get my message across and making the images non pixelated. While writing my juxtaposition, I found it hard to decide on two events. This challenge went right in hand with not being able to combine both different tones and enough detail to make it interesting. As a writer I definitely felt I progressed because at the beginning I wasn't able to connect the two different events enough to see the parallels. The easiest part of the writing was recalling everything that happened due to the fact that it was these past two years. At first my juxtaposition was anything but great but with work and perseverance I made something that was very presentable.

While we were working on our juxtaposition and the ebook, we were further investigating mean and standard deviation through our sleep analysis lab. While going through the lab, I learned that it's very important to pay attention to detail because if you don't, like I did, your numbers will be very off. Once I figured out where I went wrong it was all a matter of counting and using a calculator. To go along with our sleep analysis, we reflected on previous dreams in psychology in the form of a dream journal. As I reflected on my dreams, I realized that even though I was sound asleep that the dreams are still very easily recalled. I was able to use my dreams to help me understand how my mind works while I'm sleeping. I also learned that certain dreams can mean something in my life that I didn't even realize.

UNIT SIX: Development

Our sixth and final unit was a project that incorporated all of our tech, writing, psychological, and reflective thinking. We had to create another ebook but this time it was based on Erickson's stages of psychosocial development. The ebook needed to have a coherent design without an overload of information in a way that presented the information in a visual pleasing manner. While I looked at the eight stages, it helped me reflect on my life and my future. By reflecting it helped me realize what I wanted to change for my future, my accomplishments, and my aspirations that I will strive to achieve. By using adobe in design, I was able to put pictures of me in the past and show my progression of my life from a newborn to where I am now to where I want to be. I was able to communicate all these by using different colors, fonts, and ideas. Over the course of the first semester, I was able to gain much more knowledge than I started with and used it all in my final project. To wrap up the year we, as AP language students, read and interpreted The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. We were given six different topics to summarize and interpret. Me and partner Isabelle, chose the psychological impact of slavery upon the slave. From there we created a video that gave specific examples using page numbers and quotes directly from the book. We created the video using a white board and different expo markers.

This semester has been full of information that I thought I'd never learn. Not only did I learn to code and use adobe apps, but I learned how to complete projects in a commendable manner. At first, I had no idea where to even start with coding and adobe apps but through time, perseverance, and dedication I started to get the hang of everything. The six units were both similar and vastly different. The projects we did were time consuming but in a way that made me appreciate the fact that I'm able to do everything I can do in the seminar. Through the challenges and easy processes, I was able to obtain information that built off itself. If I had to change something about the webpage process I would choose to manage my time more wisely. Overall, I'm proud of my final product.