New resources for psychology teachers

Includes resource manual, lesson plans, and online modules and videos for teachers of psychology in secondary schools

The APA Education Directorate and the APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) is pleased to announce the following new resources for psychology teachers:

Resource Manual for New Teachers of High School Psychology

The purpose of this document is to present new teachers with some resources and helpful suggestions from teachers with many years of teaching experience. The manual is available online.

New TOPSS Unit Lesson Plans

A revised unit plan on Biological Bases of Behavior has been published and posted to the TOPSS website, and a new unit on Life Span Development is expected to be posted online by late 2012. Both units were produced with support from a grant from the American Psychological Foundation.

Online Modules and Videos

Three online modules for teachers have been posted to the TOPSS website on key points to remember in biopsychology; classroom demonstrations on biopsychology; and research methods, measurement and statistics. Additionally, videos of sessions from the 2012 APA convention and the 2012 APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers have been posted to the TOPSS website.

Videos include the following speakers:

  • David Buss, PhD — “Why Students Love Evolutionary Psychology . . . and How to Teach It.”

  • Christine Chiarello, PhD — “Brain Organization for Language: It's All in the Network(s).”

  • Elizabeth Yost Hammer, PhD — “Meta-Studying: Teaching Metacognitive Strategies to Enhance Student Success.”

  • Kenneth D. Keith, PhD — “A Letter to Teachers: William James, H. B. Alexander, and Me.”

  • Daniel L. Schacter, PhD — “The Seven Sins of Memory: An Update.”

  • Derald Wing Sue, PhD — “Microaggressions in the Classroom: Manifestation, Dynamics and Impact.” 

  • Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD — “Connecting the Dots: How Race in America's Classrooms Affects Achievement.”

These new online resources were supported by funding from the American Psychological Foundation.