Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Radio West:  The Hidden Brain        


Hello Everyone!


Radio West is a program produced by KUER (our local NPR affiliate) that delves into many topics that help the public understand how the world works.  The host, Doug Fabrizio, does an excellent job interviewing interesting characters and delving into topics relevant to the teaching of Psychology.  Check out this interview with NPR's Shankar Vedantam who is the host of the podcast the Hidden Brain.  In this program, the conversation centers on how our behavior is oftentimes influenced by unconscious forces. You'll be hooked!


http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/hidden-brain-0


Best!


Kristin Whitlock





UTOPSS Fall Conference


The UTAH-Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools Fall Conference is just around the corner!  We have a FABULOUS line-up of guests!


Friday, September 29, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Westminster College, Salt Lake City Utah

Presentations:


*Tiffany Karns, Rowlett High School, Rowlett TX

“It’s Not Just What We Teach, But Also Who We Teach
Making it Personal: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Brain Development”
 

*Dr. Susan Manville, Westminster College

"Teaching At The Intersection of Psychology & Health"

*APA Summit on High School Psychology Education: Exciting directions for Introductory Psychology


Julie Gowans, Payson High School
Annette Nielsen, Woods Cross High School
Tomee Pace, Mountain High School
Dan Rozanas, Alta High School
Kristin Whitlock, Davis High School

*Participant Idea Share


*Break-out sessions


AP Psychology: Jonathan Lungreen (Tooele High School)

Introductory Psychology: Erik Bayles (Utah Valley University & Pleasant Grove High School)

Sports Psychology: Bart Thompson (Salem Hills High School)

Registration is $50.00 and is due September 22, 2017

Go to: 



I hope you can join us!

Kristin Whitlock


Friday, September 1, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. address, APA convention, 1967

Did you know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the APA convention in 1967? I didn't! This blog post about his talk might be a very useful (and timely) post to use with your students.


Here is the full text of his speech at the APA convention:



posted by Rob McEntarffer

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

September psychology workshop in the St. Louis area

I am happy to share this announcement:

Fall 2017

STLTOPSS Workshop
St. Louis Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools
Partially funded by a generous grant from the
APA High School Psychology Teacher Network Grant

Wednesday September 13 , 2017
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
 

Where: Education Plus
1460 Craig Rd
St Louis, MO 63146

Bring your Own: Side Dish or Dessert and Best Practices to Share!
Sandwiches and Mostaccioli from Psghetti’s


Agenda:

College Psychology Student Panel
Book Club
Planning for Spring Meeting
Sharing of Best Practices

Registration:


Please email Jennifer Flores or Melody Barger if you would like to attend

Jennifer Flores – Jennifer.Flores@fhsdschools.org

Melody Barger – mbarger@parkwayschools.net

Sign up to bring something at: 


--posted by Steve

Monday, August 28, 2017

How stressed are your students?

I've been reading quite a bit lately about high school students and stress (especially students in AP and IB programs). I'm also talking with my daughter (10th grade, IB program) about stress (not very successfully) and it's making me wonder about the connections between high school psychology and student stress.

This topic "fits" most obviously in a "Health and Stress" unit, but I'm not sure how many of us teach a chapter like that? It could belong in the Motivation and Emotion unit too? Or maybe just Bio Psychology? I've talked with many high school psych teachers about how the Cognition unit can help students figure out how to study and how to "learn how to learn." I wonder if there might be similar and equally important lessons from our psychology content about how to FEEL about learning (and trying, and failing, and succeeding, and how to handle the emotional components of learning).

I don't have many great resources to share about this yet, and I'd love to hear from you all. Here's a good (I think) article from Psychology Today - might be a place to start?



(Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/firesam/5242760927 - labelled for reuse) 



posted by Rob McEntarffer

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Excellence In Psychology Instruction Conference (EPIC)

Saturday, October 7 has a fantastic conference for anyone in the Midwest if you can make it to Green Bay, WI. Details here.



posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Announcing the Third Excellence In Psychology Instructposted

Friday, August 18, 2017

Indiana Students and Teachers of Psychological Science Conference

Amanda Harmon of Zionsville Community High School shared this with the blog about the ISTOPS Conference at the end of September. Below are screenshots from their wonderful web site and a link to register. Marion University is a small, private university in Indianapolis, Indiana and was a wonderfully beautiful campus. If you are in Indiana, western Ohio, Eastern Illinois, or Northern Kentucky, I'd make the drive. They have a great program set up.




















posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Psychology of Racism resources from the APA

The fabulous Emily Leary (she's the assistant director of the APA office of Precollege and Undergraduate Education who does a lot of work for/with with TOPSS, and all high school teachers over her a debt, even if we don't realize it!) sent the following resources that might be useful for any high school psychology teacher who wants to discuss the events in Charlottesville with students:



posted by Rob McEntarffer

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Organized Collection of Articles From Maggie May

Today we have a guest blogger, Maggie May.

Here is her introduction:

Hi! My name is Maggie May and I've been teaching AP Psychology and Honors Psychology at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, PA for four years. I have my Bachelor's degree in History with a 7-12 Social Studies Teaching Certificate from West Chester University and recently graduated from La Salle University with my Master's degree in Education. I am excited for the 2017-2018 school year which will mark my fifth year teaching psychology. I am especially "psyched" to be adding an "Introduction to Psychology" elective course to my schedule. In addition to psych I am a lover of all things history -- so far I've taught American History, American Government, and Principles of Sociology. I hope you find this compilation of psychology articles/video links/Ted talks to be helpful as we all plan to head back to school!


Link to her Google Doc that compiled the set of articles posted in the AP Psych Facebook Group over the past year. This is an incredible resource for those who like to go beyond the textbook for making connections to the "real world."

Thank you, Maggie!!!




posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Monday, July 31, 2017

TOPSS and the APA Convention

This message is from Emily Chesnes at the APA. If you are already going to the APA Annual Convention, fantastic. If you are within a few hours' drive, make plans and go!


We hope to see many of you this week at the APA Convention in Washington, DC.  The TOPSS-invited sessions are listed below; please note that the location of the Friday, August 4, TOPSS reception at the APA Convention has changed.  The reception will be held this Friday from 5:00-6:30 PM at Fado Irish Pub at 808 7th Street N.W., Washington, DC, (202) 789-0066.

For more convention sessions for psychology teachers, see this recent Psychology Learning Curve post on convention highlights, this Division 2 chart of convention programming, or this listing of educational programming.  For registration information and to see more on programming, visit the APA Convention website.

TOPSS-invited speakers:

Friday, Aug. 4

1-1:50 p.m. | Convention Center Room 143B
Randal M. Ernst Lecture: High School Psychology: A Discussion on the 2017 APA Summit

Chair:  R. Scott Reed, Hamilton High School, Ariz.
Participants:  Randal M. Ernst, EdD, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Amy Fineburg, PhD, Jefferson Public Schools, Ala.; other summit participants.

2-2:50 p.m. | Convention Center Room 144A
In the Light of a Star: An Introduction to the Life and Works of William Stern (1871-1938)

James T. Lamiell, PhD, Georgetown University
Chair: R. Scott Reed, Hamilton High School, Ariz.

3-3:50 p.m. | Convention Center Room 143B
The Lee Gurel Lecture: The Power of Persuasion
Robert Cialdini, PhD, Arizona State University
Chair: R. Scott Reed, Hamilton High School, Ariz.

5-6:30 p.m.
Please join us for a TOPSS Reception
Fado Irish Pub
808 7th Street N.W., Washington, DC
(202) 789-0066).