So you’ve made it through AP Seminar – now what? You have developed your skills, both written and presentation, and practiced them all of last year. The difference with AP Research is now applying those research methods and practices to a topic of your own choosing. This year-long project will culminate in a research paper, presentation and oral defense which will make up your entire course!
Because the year will ultimately come down to the research and presentation of this one question, it is important to choose a topic you enjoy, can be passionate about, and most of all, can stand reading about it for the next 10 months. As you will learn from this course, I cannot make the choices for you however, I can help inspire your journey if you need inspiration. Read below for some favourite books and podcasts of mine:
It’s a real mix! Also note, I’ll be updating this site regularly.
Mihic’s Podcast Recommendations:
Freakonomics Radio – hosted by author Stephen Dubner. “Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything.”
No Stupid Questions – hosted by Freakonomics author and Freakonomics Radio host, Stephen Dubner, and psychologist, researcher, and author of Grit, Angela Duckworth.
Revisionist History – hosted by bestselling author, Malcolm Gladwell. “Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.”
Secret Life of Canada – CBC podcast; hosted by Falen Johnson and Leah Simon Bowen. “The Secret Life of Canada is a history podcast about the country you know and the stories you don’t.”
Under the Influence – CBC podcast; hosted by adverting and marketing expert, Terry O’Reilly. “Under the Influence gives listeners a rare backstage pass into the hallways, boardrooms and recording studios of the ad industry. ”
To all my Psychology 12, AP Capstone, and Law 12 classes: keep calm and wash you hands. For some of you, this period of an indefinite school closure will feel like freedom and for others it may feel like boredom or being overwhelmed. Either way, Mihic is thinking of you. I’m one of those weirdos who misses going into work, talking to people while drinking gallons of coffee so ya, this is a combination of boredom and stress all in one.
I have nothing to report until next week when I’ll begin posting activities for each of my classes (don’t worry – I’ll email them out too). If you’re bored, you can always check out my Twitter account (@MsMihic) where I’ve posted a daily log since going into Covid lockdown and where I’ve also shared some course-related ideas.
UPDATES – CHECK YOUR EMAIL!!!
Hopefully you’re all doing well, staying safe, and keeping as sane as you can at this strange time.
As you already know, school is closed for the indefinite future. Does that mean school is cancelled? Absolutely not! We’re just moving to a modified and online format. I know that many of you may have a lot on you plate right now so I’m just trying to slowly build some routine and structure into your lives over the next while.
Task 1: Log into Microsoft Teams. This is easiest by:
Going into you school Office 365 account using your username and password. You will need to use your school email and password and then click on the top left corner to select teams once logged in. It is labelled as “O365-North-Mihic-PSYCH12-P1”.
In the “Post” section, write a comment as to how you’re doing, any questions, comments, what you thought about the Tiger King show on Netflix, or whatever (but keep it clean)… just so I know you’re ok otherwise I’ll be calling home by the end of the week. Feel free to email me if none of this makes sense.
The Memory Olympics will take place on Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29 where your memory skills will be tested! You can participate in groups of up to 4; groups may choose to have every member participate in each event, some, or one. At the ends of the events, scores will be tabulated. Everyone gets 50% for participating and only one group has the potential of getting 100%. This activity is worth 25 marks. These are the following events:
Parts of a …
Names and Faces
Check out for memorization techniques from Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein.
You and your partner have been tasked with creating a visual guide on what to do if you were served with an appearance notice or summons to respond to a criminal charge. A mind map is one suggestion but this can be represented in whichever way you see fit. Time is of the essence and this is due at the end of class so get started! More info can be found here: https://dialalaw.peopleslawschool.ca/appearance-notice-or-summons/
Remember that check-in #1 is fast approaching in this blur of pre-holiday festivities and uni applications. If you have not booked your time with me (Ms. Mihic) yet, come see me during my office hours in period 2,3,4,5, or find me in my other home, room 205.
What will we be discussing? Your research question, literature review and introduction. Literature review should include sources to help support or add to your own research as well as present different perspectives to your research (original hypothesis). You should have a minimum 7 to 10 sources. We will also talk about your intended data collection and process and future direction.
You Must have 300/500 words completed, printed and ready for me for this first check-in.
Christmas party with AP Seminar students. (Check back here or my twitter account @MsMihic for a confirmed time) Sign -In for Check -In #2 will be happening during this time too.