Eighth Grade AIG Update
8th Grade ESG - Enrichment Study Groups
We started off with a quick overview of psychology using the awesome YouTube "Crash Course" by John Green.
- Part 1: Introduction to Psychology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo4pMVb0R6M
- Part 2: Psychological Research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFV71QPvX2I
- Part 3: The Chemical Mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4N-7AlzK7s
Next we spent an entire class learning about the fascinating Behaviorists (Pavlov, Skinner, and Watson) who believed that human behaviors are only a reaction to environment based on reinforcement (positive and negative) and punishment. It was quite entertaining to see the realization that our students have been "conditioned" to get quiet when we count down from five or turn the lights off. Students really enjoyed this conversation because it helped them understand where human behaviors, both conditioned and unconditioned, might come from.
Our psychology unit will continue on for the next six weeks. We'll study psychotherapy, specifically humanist theories, as well as moral development and Dabrowski's theories of overexcitabilities. We really wanted to pick significant theories that can relate to and support the unique affective aspects of giftedness.
Eighth AIG Comprehensive Study Groups
Interest Study Groups
Monthly Meetings and Check-ins
This year each student with this service has been invited to meet twice with Mrs. Nichols. First students spent time reflecting on and discussing the relationship between effort, motivation, interest and achievement. Our second meeting was focused on academic and affective goal setting with some discussion about how these goals can be achieved.