APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools - TOPSS

APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools - TOPSS This is the official Facebook fan page of the American Psychological Association Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). Check out our rules of involvement for this page under "About."

This is the official APA TOPSS Facebook fan page sanctioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). When you join APA TOPSS, you become part of the only professional membership group for high school psychology teachers. There are approximately 1,700 current TOPSS members, all of whom are High School Teacher Affiliates of APA. To become a member, visit: http://www.apa.org/membership/hs-teacher/index.aspx

This is the official APA TOPSS Facebook fan page sanctioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). When you join APA TOPSS, you become part of the only professional membership group for high school psychology teachers. There are approximately 1,700 current TOPSS members, all of whom are High School Teacher Affiliates of APA. To become a member, visit: http://www.apa.org/membership/hs-teacher/index.aspx

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Fighting fake news in the classroom

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Psychologists are increasingly incorporating debunking and digital literacy into their courses to combat misinformation and disinformation.

We are looking forward to our Saturday, January 29, TOPSS workshop on Social Justice in the High School Classroom: Hands...
01/05/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Social Justice in the High School Classroom: Hands-on Activities and Practical Advice. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

We are looking forward to our Saturday, January 29, TOPSS workshop on Social Justice in the High School Classroom: Hands-on Activities and Practical Advice, with Dr. Mary Kite of Ball State University! The free workshop is limited to 20-30 high school teachers and will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM eastern on 1/29. Here is the workshop description - you can register via this Zoom link:

Discussions of diversity and social justice issues often challenge students’ worldviews and raise emotional issues that teachers must be prepared to address. In this workshop, teachers will discuss their responses to the "Considering Diversity: A Self-Reflection Tool for Psychology Teachers," and will consider how important it is to be aware of one’s own identities when teaching about diversity, equity and inclusion. Workshop facilitator Mary Kite, PhD, of Ball State University, will then provide an overview of effective teaching strategies and offer practical advice about effective diversity education, including topic such as how to engage students and how to facilitate productive, inclusive, discussion. She will focus on strategies for effective diversity education that cut across race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and ageism. A major focus of the workshop will be hands-on activities that can teachers can readily use in their own classrooms. This workshop is designed for teachers at all experience levels, from those who are just beginning to incorporate diversity into their high school classroom to those who have experience but are looking to enhance their skills.

Discussions of diversity and social justice issues often challenge students’ worldviews and raise emotional issues that teachers must be prepared to address. In this workshop, teachers will discuss their responses to the "Considering Diversity: A Self-Reflection Tool for Psychology Teachers," and ...

Happy new year's, TOPSS members and friends!  We hope you got some R&R over your holiday break and have a good (better?)...
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High School Psychology

Happy new year's, TOPSS members and friends! We hope you got some R&R over your holiday break and have a good (better?) semester ahead. If you are not currently a TOPSS member, we hope you will consider joining TOPSS! For $50, you receive publications like the APA Monitor magazine and American Psychologist and Translational Issues in Psychological Science journals, monthly emails from the TOPSS chair, discounts on the APA convention and APA publications, receive academic achievement certificates to recognize your outstanding students, get to participate in grant programs and our excellence in teaching awards, get advanced notice of professional development opportunities -- and you get to join an international network of high school psychology teachers and support APA's efforts to promote the teaching of psychology at the high school level. We support ALL high school psychology teachers, whether you teach AP, IB, on-level, dual-enrollment, specialty courses, etc. We hope you will join us, renew your membership, and/or encourage colleagues to join TOPSS. Here's to a great year ahead teaching the best subject in high school to our students. Thank you for what you do all year in your classroom.

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How challenging is it to find a high school psychology research mentor?

Do your students conduct research projects in psychology? Who are their mentors if they do? Read reflections from a high school student and a college mentor on their experiences finding a faculty mentor or mentoring students, respectively. Don't forget TOPSS has a "how to" guide on student research for science fairs, online at https://www.apa.org/education-career/k12/science-fair-manual.pdf! For more information, see https://www.apa.org/education-career/k12/science-fair.

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Engaging in critical thinking can be helpful in altering beliefs and avoiding ableist conclusions.

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Teaching psychology online

Tips on teaching psychology online with suggestions and resources for meaningful online instruction, from TOPSS member Marisa Petraglia!

Suggestions for providing meaningful instruction in the online classroom. Includes useful resources and links for teachers.

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Resources from the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Resources for psychology teachers from the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology in Akron, Ohio. Did you know the National Museum of Psychology has interactive exhibits on memory, intelligence, and personality; home movies of Sigmund Freud; a Nobel Prize; the simulated shock generator from Stanley Milgram's obedience studies; artifacts from the Stanford Prison Experiment; and more? There are online exhibits and 5 minute history lessons (videos) too if you cannot visit in person!

Learn about the Cummings Center's online exhibits, history lessons, awards, and grants.

TOPSS is happy to announce another great FREE workshop for psychology teachers!  Please register to join Dr. Mary Kite o...
12/21/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Social Justice in the High School Classroom: Hands-on Activities and Practical Advice. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

TOPSS is happy to announce another great FREE workshop for psychology teachers! Please register to join Dr. Mary Kite of Ball State University for a two-hour workshop on Social Justice in the High School Classroom: Hands-on Activities and Practical Advice, taking place Saturday, January 29, from 1:00-3:00 PM eastern. The workshop will be limited to 30 teachers.

"Discussions of diversity and social justice issues often challenge students’ worldviews and raise emotional issues that teachers must be prepared to address. In this workshop, teachers will discuss their responses to the "Considering Diversity: A Self-Reflection Tool for Psychology Teachers," and will consider how important it is to be aware of one’s own identities when teaching about diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Kite will then provide an overview of effective teaching strategies and offer practical advice about effective diversity education, including topic such as how to engage students and how to facilitate productive, inclusive, discussion. She will focus on strategies for effective diversity education that cut across race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and ageism. A major focus of the workshop will be hands-on activities that can teachers can readily use in their own classrooms. This workshop is designed for teachers at all experience levels, from those who are just beginning to incorporate diversity into their high school classroom to those who have experience but are looking to enhance their skills."

Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwscumrqj8rHtJKe8rEgGbRxM3mF40ti1Gf

Discussions of diversity and social justice issues often challenge students’ worldviews and raise emotional issues that teachers must be prepared to address. In this workshop, teachers will discuss their responses to the "Considering Diversity: A Self-Reflection Tool for Psychology Teachers," and ...

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ICYMI: We hope you will read about and use these new lessons on student resilience related to the pandemic, developed with funding from a grant from the CDC. We had hoped these resources would have been out in early August, but the start of the next semester might also be a good time to use these in class. The first lesson includes a worksheet for students to reflect on the difficulties of the last two years and what areas of their life were most affected, and the other three lessons go over stress and the body, helpful and unhelpful actions, and finally how their beliefs, thoughts, and mindset can impact their experience of stress and strategies for practicing positive self-talk. There are videos, other worksheets, and resources available. We hope you will use these and ask for your assistance in sharing these lessons with advisory period teachers at your school. A separate module for students grades 4-8 is also available.

APA is creating a set of four lessons for high school students to help them process what they have experienced, cope with their experiences, and understand that there may still be challenges in the near future.

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Inclusive Language Guidelines

Have you seen these APA's new inclusive language guidelines? "Simply put, words matter. The words we use are key to creating psychologically safe, inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environments.

These guidelines aim to raise awareness, guide learning, and support the use of culturally sensitive terms and phrases that center the voices and perspectives of those who are often marginalized or stereotyped. They also explain the origins for problematic terms and phrases and offer suitable alternatives or more contemporary replacements. This document will be flexible and iterative in nature, continuing to evolve as new terminology emerges or current language becomes obsolete.

By embracing inclusive language and encouraging others to do the same, we firmly believe that we will not only communicate effectively with more people, but also better adapt to a diversifying society and globe."

These guidelines aim to raise awareness, guide learning, and support the use of culturally sensitive terms and phrases that center the voices and perspectives of those who are often marginalized or stereotyped.

Don't forget that TOPSS has vetted lesson plans for many units for your course -- our latest is on Cognition, but we als...
12/15/2021
Free Unit Lesson Plans For High School Teachers of Psychology

Don't forget that TOPSS has vetted lesson plans for many units for your course -- our latest is on Cognition, but we also have many others on Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behavior, Psychological Disorders, Memory, Life Span Development, Consciousness, and many more! Each has content outlines, classroom activities, resources, and more, and they are FREE TO ALL TEACHERS. Whether you are a new or an experienced teacher, we hope these are useful to you. Stay tuned for new lesson plans on Positive Psychology, Health, and Gender, coming out soon!

Unit lesson plans for high school psychology teachers for day units that include a procedural timeline, a content outline, suggested resources and activities, and references. Some of the content is password protected and reserved for TOPSS members only.

Join TOPSS tonight, Tuesday, 12/14, at 7:00 PM eastern for an hour-long conversation with the current President and Pres...
12/14/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Tea with TOPSS and Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join TOPSS tonight, Tuesday, 12/14, at 7:00 PM eastern for an hour-long conversation with the current President and President-Elect of APA! Dr. Jennifer F. Kelly, APA's 2021 President, will be discussing three recent APA resolutions on racism, and then Dr. Frank C. Worrell, APA's current President-Elect, will join Dr. Kelly for questions and answers. We will give away one free copy of a new APA book on introductory psychology to a randomly selected participant (https://on.apa.org/3CI5Egz) and will offer a certificate of one professional development hour too. Please register and we hope you see you tonight!

Please join the APA TOPSS Committee and current APA President Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, for an hour-long conversation. Dr. Kelly is a licensed psychologist and is the director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine, with expertise in disorders that involve the relationship between physical and....

Just released!!  APA, with support from the CDC, has just published a set of 4 lessons on resilience related to COVID fo...
12/13/2021
Building Student Resilience

Just released!! APA, with support from the CDC, has just published a set of 4 lessons on resilience related to COVID for teachers and students. The new module has worksheets, a new video, and four lessons based in science that cover reflections of the last year, stress and the body, student actions, and student thoughts. You are welcome to use these in class but these are also for advisory period teachers, health teachers, and others at your school! Please share these with your school colleagues as you can. There is a separate module for students in grades 4-8.

Huge thanks to TOPSS members Allison Shaver and Wayne Ha for their contributions to this work. We hope this is useful to students and teachers. More resources related to the pandemic and K-12 education will be released in the coming weeks.

This resource is supported by cooperative agreement NU87PS004366 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views or endorsement of the CDC or the Department of Health and Human Services.”

Classroom lessons to help students adapt and grow academically, emotionally, and socially with three resilience-building skills. Part of our COVID-19 Teaching Resources for preK-12 Teachers.

You have a few more days to register for our Tuesday, 12/14, Tea with TOPSS conversation with APA President Jennifer Kel...
12/11/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Tea with TOPSS and Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

You have a few more days to register for our Tuesday, 12/14, Tea with TOPSS conversation with APA President Jennifer Kelly, PhD, at 7:00 PM eastern! This is a great opportunity to hear first-hand from APA leaders and ask questions about psychological science. APA President-elect Frank Worrell, PhD, will join the conversation too.
We will be giving away a free copy of a just published APA book on intro psychology to one participant and will offer a certificate of one professional development hour to everyone who joins us. We hope you will join us!

Please join the APA TOPSS Committee and current APA President Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, for an hour-long conversation. Dr. Kelly is a licensed psychologist and is the director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine, with expertise in disorders that involve the relationship between physical and....

Don't forget that TOPSS has vetted lesson plans for many units for your course -- our latest is on Cognition, but we als...
12/10/2021
Free Unit Lesson Plans For High School Teachers of Psychology

Don't forget that TOPSS has vetted lesson plans for many units for your course -- our latest is on Cognition, but we also have many others on Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behavior, Psychological Disorders, Memory, Life Span Development, Consciousness, and many more! Each has content outlines, classroom activities, resources, and more, and they are FREE TO ALL TEACHERS. Whether you are a new or an experienced teacher, we hope these are useful to you. Stay tuned for new lesson plans on Positive Psychology, Health, and Gender, coming out soon!

Unit lesson plans for high school psychology teachers for day units that include a procedural timeline, a content outline, suggested resources and activities, and references. Some of the content is password protected and reserved for TOPSS members only.

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Thanks for the teacher gear! The virtual conference in July was amazing!
It has arrived ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Hi there- my high school (which shall remain nameless) is finally considering buying new textbooks after 25+ years? Any suggestions for a good general high school Psych text?
I wanted to share a resource created by psychology professors at Minnesota State University, Mankato--these are a series of short lectures on topics related to psychology. This page has all the videos: https://sbs.mnsu.edu/academics/psychology/real-world-experiences/psychinyourworld/ You can also find the videos as well as discussion questions and other related activities at: https://www.communicatingpsychologicalscience.com/ I hope this is a useful resource for psychology teachers at any level!
Thank you soo much for these Teas. They have been the highlight of my end of summer.
That was awesome!!! Thank you for organizing this. Please have more.
Hey all, Just want to share a Psychology teaching resource with you. I am a Psychology teacher and during the UK lockdown I have worked hard to create an online resource to support my students with distance/remote learning. The website that I have created has lots of study notes uploaded linked to many topics including' research methods, social psychology, psychopathology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, approaches (just to name a few). The website is aimed at supporting students with their studies and teachers with their teaching resources. I'm hoping in the next few weeks to upload my teaching resources to help teachers with their planning and students with their learning. The website is https://www.psychologyhub.co.uk Please also follow us on Facebook in order to stay updated with the websites progress Psychology Hub
Hey all, Just wanted to share a Psychology study resource with you. During the UK lockdown I have been working on creating an online resource to support students with remote/home learning. The website that I have created has lots of study notes uploaded linked to many topics within the study of Psychology including; memory, attachment, research methods, social psychology, approaches, psychopathology (just to name a few). The website is aimed at supporting students with their studies and teachers with their teaching resources/planning. I'm hoping within the next few weeks to upload my teaching resources to help teachers with their planning and students with their learning. The website is https://www.psychologyhub.co.uk Why not follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with website progress Psychology Hub
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In early August, Virginia Welle, AP Psychology teacher, presented on several topics at a 3-day workshop for high school psychology teachers at Oregon State University. Along with co-presenter Michael Berndt of St. Cloud Apollo High School, Mrs. Welle was invited to serve as a Master Teacher leader for the event, which was funded by the American Psychological Association and APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools - TOPSS. #MightyCardinals