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Jun 12th, 2003


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13:49 - Human Note: Asking for Help
The following is my submission for part 1-4 of my portfolio that is due FRIDAY, 13th.  I post it in hopes for humans to proofread it for grammar and inconsistancies (such as saying PSYCH101 then PSYC101 or Psych101 Intro to psych and later Psych101 General Psychology).  I ask all with reasonably good grammatical skills to look over and help me proof read.  Also, if you read a sentance and it makes difficult sense (So then down she went going windlike through that which she saw greatly departing above), or you find you have to read a sentance/paragraph/page over a few times to understand, please point so out to me in a comment.  Realize this is due 9a TOMORROW meaning any and all comments after 830a shall be disregarded.  Even stating you are unable to see any known grammar errors would be appriciated.  I thank any and all who help in advance.



Portfolio Assignment IV

by

Madd Martin Kroeger


INTS470 - Experience and Knowledge


Jim Whyte


June 13, 2003



  I look back at my educational career, that spans through ten years of "learning". Through the many classes that I have taken, only a handful really taught me anything of significance that I apply to my life. Many of the other classes are as far off as being classes that I took and have no recall of even taking the course. I find that the common denominator for all but one class is the teacher and the way that the teacher presents the information to be learned. It is thanks to the teacher that I am able to apply what is taught in the class.
  The first course I reflect upon is most likely the biggest influence as to how I view the world and interact with society. This is PSYC101, General Psychology. The key concepts in this class were the basic concepts for the different schools of psychology, such as psychoanalytic (Freud), behavioral (Skinner, Watson, Pavlov), and cognitive (Piaget, Gestalt). General Psychology also touched base on the biological impacts that make humans act in the way that they do. The psychoanalytic focused mainly on the struggles between the conscious and subconscious mind. The behavioral looks at the ability for the environment to structure how we are who we are to this day. Then, the cognitive looks at mental processes. I get to look at the vast schools of psychology, and also get to realize that there are many others besides the main ones I speak of.
  The next course is CPSC313, Language Proficiency: C. Before I realized the potential of psychology, I had focused most of my abilities around my work in the computer field. This programming course would help me follow an interest I had since as early as nine years of age. This course would also be one of the exceptions where it was not the teacher who help bring me into the course. The only teacher who got me interested in wanting to take this course in the first place would be myself, and my self teaching methods from nine to present, that got me interesting in the world of computer programming and computer structure. This class was basically being shown different structures of the C programming language, and then applying hands-on experiences. I would take other programming classes, such as COBALT, BASIC, Pascal, Assembly, but would find C the best in terms of what it had to offer.
  Another milestone class I would take was SPCH101, Intro to Speech/Communication. Once again, the teacher had a profound impact on my ability to understand what was being presented to me. This class would also vary extremely different than any other class that would impact me due to the fact this class relied more on my interactions with other classmates. Assignments would be done where judgements would have to be made in a set amount of time, and these judgements would be made while others were attempting to make judgements of their own, as to how they saw what benefitted the group compared to what I thought would benefit. Being more open and comfortable in open communication was also another concept that I picked up from this course. I had a better understanding as to what originally made me uncomfortable speaking in front of others, and the tools to overcome this uncomfortableness.
  The rest of the courses that taught me something all stem from the same branch, psychology. PSYC320, Abnormal Psych, PSYC327, Tech I/Group Counseling, PSYC325, Personality Counseling, PSYC310, Social Psychology, PSYC322, Marriage and Family, and finally PSYC412, Psychology of Learning. Not all of these psychology courses would have me influenced to listen and learn due to the way the professor taught his/her class. However, my determination to better understand the human ways of thinking and action had already in the form of PSYC101. PSYC320 was less discussion than the other courses, and its main focus was on the abnormal things that can happen to a person, such as phobias and disorders. PSYCH327 and PSYCH325 were taught by the same teacher. I consider this teacher to be a powerful teacher, able to draw the student in to want to learn for more than just a grade. The psychology taught dealt with counseling of other people, and how to help those who are mentally in desperation of help. Discussions help bring to light what to do in the many situations that could arise when dealing with someone who wants psychological help. PSYH310 dealt more with the social aspects of psychology. This class made me think as did PSYC327 and PSYC325, but did so taking account the society we live in. PSYC322 dealt with the aspect of marriage, and what a marriage truly is, and how to establish a strong marriage and keep it that way. PSYC412 shares with PSYC320 in that it was more lecture than discussion, however enough discussion was done among professor and student that I did see discussion leading to a bit of learning. PSYC412 would focus around the concepts of cognition and behavior, leaving out the conscious as a source for motivation and attitude.
  So all of these courses helped teach me to be who I am today. While not ever single one had a strong teacher influence during the teaching of the course itself, there was a powerful teacher in the subject field before the course who helped push me to the desire to learn the subject. Of those teachers who helped push my desire, all of them shared the same method of learning, lecture followed by discussion of what was lectured.

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From:jacylane
Date:Jun 12th, 2003 14:44 (UTC)

This is what I came up with...

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no need to use *any* of it


My educational career spans ten years of “learning”. I can barely recall some classes while a handful of classes have gone so far as to affect my daily life. The guiding light in these memorable courses is the teacher.
General Psychology, PSYC101, had the biggest influence on my views of the world and my interactions with society. This course touched on a few basic concepts: psychological schools of thought and biological factors that may explain human behavior. Psychoanalytic, behavioral, and cognitive are the three main schools of psychology. Sigmund Freud is thought of as the father of psychoanalysis. This branch of psychology focuses on the struggles between the conscious and subconscious. Behaviorism, how humans are products of their environment, was the field of study for B.F. Skinner, John Watson, and Ivan Pavlov. Jean Piaget and Hans-Jurgen Walter (Gestalt therapy) were significant contributors to the cognitive branch which looks at mental processes. The brief overview that PSYC101 provided opened up an area of study that intrigued me.
The determination to better understand the human way of thinking that was sparked in the introductory psychology class led me to explore a new field. I encountered Abnormal Psychology (PSYC320), Tech I/Group Counseling (PSYC 327), Personality Counseling (PSYC325), Social Psychology (PSYC310), Marriage and Family (PSYC322), and finally, Psychology of Learning (PSYC412). PSYC320 focused on phobias and disorders with very little discussion. PSYC327 and PSYC325 were taught by the same teacher. This teacher was very powerful and compelled students to learn: not just earn a letter grade. These classes dealt with counseling other people and helping those in desperate need of mental assistance. The act of role playing and discussion brought to light ways of handling the many situations that could arise when working with someone who needs psychological help. PSYC310 covered the social aspects of psychology. This class made me think, as did PSYC325 and PSYC327, but took into account a wider circle of social considerations. The topic of PSYC322 was what the definition of ‘marriage’ is and how to establish, and keep, a strong marriage. PSYC412, like PSYC320, was more lecture than discussion. However, discussion between teacher and student was sufficient and led to some indirect learning. PSYC focused on the concepts of cognition and behavior, leaving out the conscious as a source for motivation and attitude.
Before I realized the potential of psychology, I focused my attention on the field of computers. Language Proficiency: C (CPSC313) was a programming course that highlighted on an aptitude and interest I have had since childhood. The teacher at the front of the classroom was not the person responsible for my interest in this course. Childhood interests led me to the world of computer programming and computer structure. This class was a survey in the structure of the C programming language with some hands-on experiences. I took other programming courses, such as COBALT, BASIC, Pascal, and Assembly, but I found C had the most to offer.
Introduction to Speech and Communication, SPCH101, was another milestone class for me. The teacher had a profound impact on my ability to understand the material being presented. This class was also different in the fact that it relied greatly on my interactions with classmates. This course gave me the tools to be more open and comfortable when communicating with others.
Not every class I took was taught by a strong teacher, but luckily a previous instructor had been powerful enough to motivate me to continue my studies. The teachers I consider powerful all share the same method of teaching: lecture and encouraging a follow-up discussion. This method of teaching works for me and has helped me be the person I am today.
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From:jacylane
Date:Jun 12th, 2003 19:28 (UTC)

Re: This is what I came up with...

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mmmkay, so I just re-read what I wrote. I apologize. I rewrote your whole paper. Sorry, habit. That was a 15 minute thing, I'll see if I can muster up the brain power to do just an edit sometime 8:30am tomorrow....


sorry
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From:madd74
Date:Jul 5th, 2003 16:23 (UTC)

Re: This is what I came up with...

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Apology accepted... yeah... that was much more than I was looking for.
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From:eyes_of_cyrene
Date:Jun 13th, 2003 00:09 (UTC)

Well, fuck me, *I* did it this time...

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this is my editing of your words, not a rewrite (as defined by you tonight). For the most part I edited for grammatical inconsistencies and/or appropriateness. I attempted to stick with words that you commonly use. Aside from that I am reasonably sure that none of the edits I did changed the thought behind it.

As I look back over an educational career that spans ten years, some realizations strike. Through the many classes I have taken, only a handful really taught me anything of significance that I have applied to my life. Some of the other classes are so far at the other end of the spectrum, significance-wise, that I have no recall of even taking the course. I have found that the factor that most of the "significant" classes have in common is the teaching style of the instructor. It is due to the way the teacher presents the information that I am able to apply what is taught in class to my life.

The first course I reflect upon most likely had the biggest influence as to how I view the world and interact with society. This is PSYC101, General Psychology. The key concepts in this class were the basic concepts for the different schools of psychology, such as psychoanalytic (Freud), behavioral (Skinner, Watson, Pavlov), and cognitive (Piaget, Gestalt), as well as the biological factors that make humans act in the way that they do.

The psychoanalytic focused mainly on the struggles between the conscious and subconscious mind. The behavioral looked at the potential for our environment to structure how we are who we are to this day. Then, the cognitive looked at mental processes. I got a look at the vast schools of psychology, and also come to realize that there are many others besides the main ones I speak of.

The next course of note is CPSC313, Language Proficiency: C. Before I realized the potential of psychology, I had focused most of my abilities around my work in the computer field. This programming course would help me follow an interest I had since I was about nine years of age. This course would also be one of the exceptions where it was not the teacher who helped bring me into the course. The only teacher who got me interested in wanting to take this course in the first place would be myself, and my self teaching methods from nine to present, that got me interested in the world of computer programming and computer structure. The structure of this class was basically that we were shown different structures of the C programming language, and then we applied hands-on experiences. I would take other programming classes, such as COBALT, BASIC, Pascal, Assembly, but would find C the best in terms of what it had to offer.

Another milestone class I would take was SPCH101, Intro to Speech/Communication. Once again, the teacher had a profound impact on my ability to understand what was being presented to me. This class would also be extremely different from any other class that would impact me, due to the fact this class relied more on my interactions with classmates. Assignments would be done where judgments would have to be made in a set amount of time. These judgments would be made while others were attempting to make judgments of their own, as to what they believed benefited the group compared to what I thought would be best. Being more open and comfortable in open communication was also another concept that I picked up from this course. I had a better understanding as to what originally made me uncomfortable speaking in front of others, and the tools to overcome this discomfort.

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From:eyes_of_cyrene
Date:Jun 13th, 2003 00:10 (UTC)

Well, fuck me, *I* did it this time...part 2

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The rest of the courses that taught me something all stem from the same branch, psychology. PSYC320, Abnormal Psych, PSYC327, Tech I/Group Counseling, PSYC325, Personality Counseling, PSYC310, Social Psychology, PSYC322, Marriage and Family, and finally PSYC412, Psychology of Learning. Not all of these psychology courses influenced me to listen and learn solely due to the way the professor taught his/her class. In actuality, my determination to better understand the human ways of thinking and action had already done this in the form of PSYC101. PSYC320 was less discussion than the other courses, and its main focus was on the abnormal things that can happen to a person, such as phobias and disorders. PSYCH327 and PSYCH325 were taught by the same teacher. I consider this teacher to be a powerful teacher, able to draw the student in to want to learn for more than just a grade. The psychology taught dealt with counseling of other people, and how to help those who are desperate for help. Discussions helped bring to light what to do in the many situations that could arise when dealing with someone who wants psychological help.

PSYH310 dealt more with the social aspects of psychology. This class made me think as much as PSYC327 and PSYC325 did, but by examining the society we live in. PSYC322 dealt with the aspect of marriage, what a marriage truly is, and how to establish a strong marriage and keep it that way. PSYC412 was similar to PSYC320 in that it was more lecture than discussion, however enough discussion was done between professor and student that I did see discussion leading to a bit of learning. PSYC412 would focus on the concepts of cognition and behavior, leaving out the conscious as a source for motivation and attitude.
All of these courses helped lead me to be who I am today. While not every single one had a strong teacher’s influence during the teaching of the course itself, there was generally a powerful teacher in the subject field before the course who helped push me to the desire to learn the subject. Of those teachers who helped push my desire, all of them shared the same method of teaching, lecture followed by discussion of what was lectured.

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From:madd74
Date:Jul 5th, 2003 16:24 (UTC)

Re: Well, fuck me, *I* did it this time...part 2

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Yeah, well... maybe so or maybe not, I appriciate the offer and the fact you were looking out for me. I still wait to see what my grade was in that class.

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