Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hello Everyone!




Eric Landrum and Garth Neufeld have been busy at work on a Podcast called, "Psych Sessions:  Conversations about Teaching N' Stuff", where they interview teachers of psychology.  There are some WONDERFUL folks that I can't wait to hear from!  The podcast is available on iTunes (search for 'psychsessions' within podcasts at the store OR download directly at http://psychsessionspodcast.libsyn.com/website).  Check it out!















Kristin Whitlock

APA/TOPSS Membership-Teaching of Psychology in Secondary Schools



















The Teaching of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) is an amazing organization that is a part of the American Psychological Association. Member benefits include connections to other psychology teachers around the world, the national standards, lesson plans for all the psychology units, professional development resources, and so much more.

The photo taken this past summer was of the participants of the APA Psychology Summit designed to examine the current state of affairs of teaching high school psychology and making choices about which directions we wanted the field to go into the future. Hint: the science of psychology was a huge portion.

In any case, join us in making the future of psychology even better by joining TOPSS. You can access everything at the link below. Join now and you get three extra months of membership.

http://www.apa.org/membership/hs-teacher/index.aspx

There are also many opportunities for leadership for those interested.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Monday, October 16, 2017

Exact Directions Challenge

This challenge by a father to his kids to give exact instructions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich are hysterical, enjoyable, educational, and a great example of the power of details for operational definitions.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDA3_5982h8


posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Psych Files: A Brief Survey

Hi Everyone,

Michael Britt over at the Psych Files is a friend of the blog. As you may know, he has been working for free for psychology teachers and students around the world for more than a decade. Recently, that has become unsustainable for him. He has added advertising to his blogs and podcasts. In the interest of helping to keep his efforts going, he is requesting the responses of you and your students. The survey takes less than five minutes. Thank you for your help.

http://podcastlistener.com/files


posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Thursday, October 12, 2017

APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Awards


APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Awards
The American Psychological Association (APA) Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Awardrecognize outstanding teachers in psychology. There will be up to three annual awards.

Winners will receive a framed certificate, engraved award, cash prize of $500, and a free TOPSS membership or renewal for the 2019 membership year. Additionally, Worth Publishers is generously donating a $500 credit to Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishers and a copy of the “High School Psychology Video Anthology DVD” to each of the winning teachers.  For additional details and the nomination process, please see http://www.apa.org/about/awards/teaching-excellence.aspx.  
The nomination deadline is February 15, 2018.


posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Friday, September 22, 2017

Smartphones: Let's think critically!

Several people recommended this Atlantic article by Jean Twenge to me recently (link below). The author makes a compelling, and frightening, argument about the impact of smartphones on our students.


Psychologist Sara Rose Cavanagh wrote a response in Psychology Today, arguing that Twenge doesn't have evidence to back up her claims in the Atlantic article:


Psychology teachers might be able to use these two articles as part of a useful critical thinking lesson: what can we "know" based on a lot of correlational evidence? What can't we know? What conclusions should we draw about important issues when all we can get is correlational evidence?


posted by Rob McEntarffer

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