Teaching Resources from APA and TOPSS
Through APA's Education Directorate, the APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) aims to meet the curricular, professional development and networking needs of high school psychology teachers. TOPSS also provides opportunities for high school psychology teachers and their students to be recognized and rewarded for their excellence.
This collection of resources offers APA policy documents, manuals, lesson plans, videos and PowerPoint presentations, publications and several other online tools to help teachers of introductory psychology in their classrooms.
National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula
This document is constructed to guide curriculum decisions by providing content and performance standards for those designing psychology instruction.
Guidelines for Preparing High School Psychology Teachers: Course-Based and Standards-Based Approaches
The purpose of these guidelines is to outline training models for the preparation of teachers of high school psychology.
Tools for Teachers
Unit lesson plans
APA TOPSS provides teachers with unit lesson plans, each containing a content outline, suggested resources and activities, and references.
Resource manual for new teachers of high school psychology
This manual provides resources and helpful suggestions to new psychology teachers.
Demonstrations for teachers of high school psychology to use in the classroom.
Videos for psychology teachers
The APA Education Directorate and TOPSS have provided videos for psychology teachers to view and/or use in class as appropriate.
Psychology: Science in Action
APA's public education campaign features videos, posters and more to help teachers give students the tools they need to launch careers in psychology.
Samples of actual calendars provided by psychology teachers.
Use these to illustrate the role psychologists play in preventing violence, promoting health and protecting the environment.
Research methods, measurement and statistics
A module to review topics such as research methods and measurements used to study behavior and mental processes, ethical issues in research with human and nonhuman animals, and basic concepts in data analysis.
Key points to remember in biopsychology
A module on seven key points high school students should know after studying biopsychology.
Classroom activities in biopsychology
A module to accompany the "Biological Bases of Behavior" TOPSS unit lesson plan.
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Teacher certification requirements for the 50 States, collected by the University of Kentucky, College of Education to facilitate movement from one state to another.
TOPSS Webcasts for Psychology Teachers
- Does that Psychology Demonstration Really Work?
Find more information and a discount code for TOPSS members at the webcast website.
High School Psychology
Teaching High School Psychology as a Career Pathway
From Eye on Psi Chi, Winter 2008 (Vol. 12, No. 2).
Society for the Teaching of Psychology
APA's Division 2 is dedicated to promoting excellence in the teaching and learning of psychology.