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Brandon Quick

Personal Background

 

The oldest of two boys, I grew up in the River Park District of South Bend, Indiana.  I moved to California after graduating from Purdue. I left all I knew behind with no job and a U-haul trailer behind my Honda Civic (those aren’t made for towing by the way), and a dream to teach in California.  Many people were worried that I might fall flat on my face, but everything worked out better than I could have ever imagined. 

My Philosophy

 

I am very passionate about my career as a teacher. I have learned that the best way to affect the world is to remain positive and look for the good in every moment. You can't change yesterday and you can't predict tomorrow, so make the most of this current moment.  Be the change you seek in the world around you.  

 

I love life and make the most of it. I hope I can help my students learn more about the subject of psychology as well as improve themselves as human beings. I treat everyone with the utmost respect and truly care about the physical and psychological welfare of everyone in my life. If there is anything I can do to send ripples of positivity into the world around me, I do it.

 

Always know that my door is open and I am here for all of you.  

 

 

 

Instructor Information

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2018-2019 Schedule

 

A Period No Classes
Period 1 AP Psychology
Period 2 AP Psychology
Period 3 AP Psychology
Period 4 AP Psychology
Period 5 AP Psychology
Period 6 Prep (No Classes)

 

How to Get Into AP Psychology

 

Note: You must be a senior (12th grade) to take AP Psychology at CHS.

The are the ways to enter the course:

  1. You have maintained a 3.0 GPA or better. 
  2. You do not meet the grade requirements above, you can sign a placement agreement.

Note that the first entrance requirement warrants automatic entrance into the course.  The second entrance requirement gives you acces to the course based on space available. 

Sign Up Process:

  1. You're in 12th Grade
  2. Sign up for course with other electives for your senior year
  3. If you don't meet the criteria above, sign a placement agreement with your counselor (see them for details)

Other Important Information:

  1. No Summer Assignment or Reading
  2. No Spring Meeting for the Class
  3. No Entrance Exam

 

The AP Psychology class is open to seniors only.  The General Psychology class is open to juniors and seniors, but priority is given to seniors.  The entrance requirements for AP Psychology is an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.  If that requirement is not met, a placement agreement can be signed.  This means that you have not met entrance criteria and you have been informed of the difficulty level of the course and still want to take the course.  These students will be let in on space availability only.  
 
The entrance requirements for the General Psychology course are simply being in 11th or 12th grade.  There are no class or grade prerequisites for the General Course.  It is also not a weighted grade like the AP Psychology course in which an A gives you a 5.0 instead of a 4.0. 
 
 
There is no need to take courses at DVC or elsewhere to prepare for either course.  It is also not required to have taken any AP courses before, yet it helps to have a strong academic background and study habits.  I assume the students have no background in the subject upon entering the course whether it is the AP or General Psychology course.  The AP course is more difficult in assessments and in what is expected of students on a daily basis.  The year-long General Psychology course will cover all of the same curriculum, but will not be as in-depth or technical as the AP Course.  More independent learning is expected from the AP students than the General Ed Students.  

Course Descriptions and Requirements

 

Course: Advanced Placement Psychology (2 Semesters)

Teacher: Mr. Brandon Quick
School: California High School
 
Course Description:
 
This class will challenge the student to study psychology at the college level. You will learn about the latest research findings regarding the brain, the mind, and behavior. Units studied will include research methods, consciousness, sensation and perception, neuroanatomy, motivation and emotion, learning theory, mental illness, personality theory, development, etc. This course is designed for the accelerated student seeking college credit through the advanced placement test. It is expected that all students enrolled in this course will take the national AP test in the spring.
 
Grade Level: 
 
All students entering AP Psychology must be seniors (grade 12). 
 
Course/Grade prerequisite:
 
It is preferable that all students entering AP Psychology have taken honors and/or AP courses and successfully maintained a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in these courses. In order to enroll I the course you need to be a 12th grader and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. If you do not meet the grade requirements above, you can sign a placement agreement.
 
 
Typical Homework/Project Assignment:
 
There is approximately 10-15 pages of reading per class period. Students are expected to know the material being discussed prior to coming into class. There is approximately one project per unit totaling 8-10 projects ranging from 1 day to several days in length. 
 
Daily class is lecture and activity based allowing students to provide real life examples of knowledge gained from the lesson. 
 
The Following Summer Reading/Work is Required:
 
No required summer reading.
 
 

 
Course: General Ed. Psychology (2 Semesters)
Teacher: Barbara Carpenter/Mr. Brandon Quick ( I am not teaching this course in the 2018-2019 school year)
School: California High School
 
Course Description:
 
This class will challenge the student to study psychology at the high school level. You will learn about the latest research findings regarding the brain, the mind, and behavior. Units studied will include research methods, consciousness, sensation and perception, neuroanatomy, learning theory, mental illness, development, etc. This course is designed for the student seeking elective credit.
 
Grade Level: 
 
All students entering General Ed. Psychology must be juniors or seniors (grade 11 or 12). Note that top priority will be given to seniors.
 
Course/Grade prerequisite:
 
No prerequisite courses. 
 
Typical Homework/Project Assignment:
 
There is approximately 5-10 pages of reading per class period. Students are expected to know the material being discussed prior to coming into class. There is approximately one project per quarter totaling 1-2 projects ranging from 1 day to several days in length. 
 
Daily class is lecture and activity based allowing students to provide real life examples of knowledge gained from the lesson. 
 
The Following Summer Reading/Work is Required:
 
No Required Summer Reading
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