This course is designed for AP Psychology educators who are just beginning the exciting adventure of teaching AP Psychology or have a level of experience. A special focus will be to introduce interactive learning skills that will assist teachers in presentation of the content required for student success.
Topics will be drawn from the College Board Acorn book with particular focus on changes in content requirements, strategies for multiple-choice questions and for skills for successful writing of free-responses as required on the AP Psychology Exam. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas on expanding and invigorating current courses in AP Psychology and to participate in brainstorming sessions to develop new student-based activities. Specific time will be devoted to addressing issues for educators face in teaching AP Psychology. Successful teaching tips will also be shared.
Margaret Davidson teaches Introductory Psychology and AP Psychology at Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas. She has participated in the National Science Foundation Summer Institute for the Teaching of Psychology at Texas A&M University, has served as lead teacher at the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Psychology Teacher Institute at Nebraska Wesleyan University and has presented at numerous one-day and weeklong College Board AP Psychology institutes as well as College Board’s National Conference. She has been an AP Psychology reader for many years and currently is a free-response table leader. In addition, she has served as chair of the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools with an affiliation with the American Psychological Association. Ms. Davidson is a recipient of Richardson ISD’s RISE award, the Moffet Memorial High School award from the American Psychological Association Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the College Board’s Southwest Region AP Special Recognition award. Currently Margaret is working with College Board’s mentoring program as well as providing training for teachers in international schools. She has also been recognized by her students in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.”
Specific content areas from the College Board Acorn book
New resources and teaching strategies focusing on academic and psychological terminology
Best Practice Techniques to be applied to multiple topics
A focus on successful writing on the AP Exam
Course Outline for 4-Day Summer Institute / Workshop
College Board Update/ College Ready or College Eligible?
Bag of Tricks for AP Psychology
History and Perspectives of Psychology
Bright Ideas for Teaching the Brain
Development Across the Lifespan
Evolutionary Psychology Primer
The Multiple Choice Monsters
What’s New with the FRQ?
IPR: Instructional Planning Report
Health, Stress, Coping
Disorders and the DSM
Social Psychology Jig Saw/Concept Chart
What to Do After the AP Exam
Thirty copies of a sample lesson to share with participants
Select a successful lesson plan that you would like to share with the group; If not currently teaching AP Psychology, bring a lesson from another content area that could be modified for AP Psychology use
Specific issues/challenges for student success for discussion
Specific time will be allowed for sharing questions and concerns as well as best advice to newer teachers