New resources for psychology teachers

TOPSS announces new lesson plans, online modules and videos

The APA Education Directorate and the APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) are 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 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 lesson plan on “Biological Bases of Behavior” (PDF, 333KB) 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 (APF) and are available online.

Online modules and videos

Three online modules for teachers have been posted to the TOPSS website: 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 have been posted to the TOPSS website. Videos include the following speakers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These new online resources were supported by funding from APF.