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Show an inspirational Film Clip Discussing their Future Journey Examples Fight Club You can purchase the video and read reviews at this link http://www.amazon.com/Fight-Club-Edward-Norton/dp/B000062XM3
There is a scene where Brad Pitt holds a convenience store worker at gun point and asks him what he wants to be. The convenience store worker says he wants to be a veterinarian, but there was too much school involved. The convenience store worker is then asked, too much school- would you rather be dead?
The Power of Vision is a very inspiring film that may be nice to show at a time of parting ways. You can view a description here http://www.atsmedia.com/Power_of_Vision_video.asp
Create Your Own Inspirational PowerPoint slide presentation Fill your slides with the life lessons from Introductory Psychology that you hope will stick with them upon the close of class. Set the background music to something inspirational.
Review Game Design 6 questions from each large topic or chapter (for example- history of psychology, social psychology, biological psychology etc.) that you cover in your course that would be appropriate for your final exam. Use category headings for each of the topics and type out the questions. ( For example 1. Name and define the basic functions of each of the four lobes of the brain) On the day that you will be playing the game, bring a dice to class. Distribute your questions to the students and allow them to look them over. Divide your class in half and instruct the students that each student must choose a category ÃÂthey will be given only 5 second to state their category when called upon. Upon selecting their category, the dice will be rolled to select which question they will be asked to answer. They will be given 30 sec to 2 minutes to answer the question (without notes). If they answer correctly, they will score a point for their team. If not then the question will be passed to the other team to answer. At the end of class many of the review questions should be answered and the team with the most points wins ( You may or may not elect to have a prize)
Note: From experience, the list of rules below, tends to make the game run more smoothly. 1. Inform students that this is designed to be a fun game of review that that many people will get answers wrong because there are no notes and no one can pick the question that they will be asked (the dice makes that selection) Getting something wrong should not be taken seriously as many have not had a chance to fully review their notes from the semester.
2. Tell students there is no talking or sign language through out the game
3. Tell students that YOU are the ultimate referee and make the final calls
4. Put all scores on the board so that students can see who is winning at all times. (This seems to foster competition and add fun to the game)
5. Only allow the question to be passed from group to group one time. For example if group A misses a question, pass the question to group B. If group B cannot answer the question, then you provide the answer. Too many pass overs from group to group tends to create chaos.
6. Put a limit on how many times an individual can answer on a Passover or else the game will be monopolized by a select few students.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ End of the Semester Jeopardy Game Download a template a create a review game http://www.graves.k12.ky.us/tech/jeopardy_instructions.htm
_______________________________________________________________________ End of the Semester Video Clip Fest If your students are very technology Have students create videos to display psychological principles or submit short video clips for an End of the Semester Psychology Video Fest.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Student Generated Psychological Art Photo Presentation Create a photo slide presentation of student art work depicting the most valuable lessons they learned in psychology with inspirational music. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Create an End of the Semester Newsletter
Review newsletter Break students into small groups and assign each of them a topic or chapter that was covered in the course. Each group must summarize the main points of the chapter in their own words. The main points will be emailed to the instructor and the instructor copies and pastes the posts to a newsletter program such as Microsoft Publisher to produce a Review Newsletter.
Valuable lessons in Psychology Newsletter Have each students email you a brief summary of the most valuable lessons that they learned in psychology and why they were valuable- (Be sure to put a limit on their submissions or else you may get a 7 page paper). Copy and paste the individual emails into a newsletter program such as Microsoft Publisher to produce a Valuable lessons Newsletter. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ How Will I Incorporate Psychological Principles into my Daily Life Newsletter Have each students email you a brief summary of how they will use psychological principles that were covered in class in their daily lives upon completion of the course - (Be sure to put a limit on their submissions or else you may get a 7 page paper). Copy and paste the individual emails into a newsletter program such as Microsoft Publisher to produce a How Will I Incorporate Psychological Principles into my Daily Life Newsletter.
This is a site that allows students or anyone to create their own online questionnaires and it has lots of already developed online questionnaires ranging from ridiculous- what type of pirate/ prostitute are you to more serious- spiritual belief selector quiz and practical- what type of running shoe is best for you? An interesting assignment for class would be to have students create their own creative personality quiz. The site will then create a link for them to post their quiz. It could also be used as a final review activity for your classes. Have each student create cummulative online review questions for different parts of the class then post the links all in one place-- Wallah a class generated online cumulative review.