The AP® Psychology Summer Institute provides AP® Psychology teachers, both new and experienced, with content, strategies, essential knowledge, science practices and activities to teach an entire AP® Psychology course in any given academic schedule.
The focus is on psychology as a science and will emphasize the following: helping students acquire the knowledge and test-taking skills they need to be successful on the AP® Psychology Exam; aiding teachers to gain the skills and insight to allow for student success regarding the AP® Psychology curriculum; and supporting instructors with fresh ideas, insights, and pedagogical strategies.
Course structure and sequence, free-response writing, exam preparation, AP® Psychology teacher network, and College Board’s policies will be focal points throughout the week. Emphasis will be placed on lectures and demonstrations within the major subfields that are both engaging and effective to boost student achievement. Teachers will share advantageous ideas and exciting resources to take home to employ a variety of “tried-and-true” lessons for immediate implementation.
Course Outline for 4-Day Summer Institute / Workshop
- College Board Update/College Ready or College Eligible?
- 10 Things for Every AP Psychology Teacher to Know
- College Board “Acorn Book” for AP Psychology
- History and Perspectives of Psychology
- Probability of Statistics
- Sensation & Perception
- Bright Ideas for Teaching the Brain & Bio
- Hands-on Activities: N-N: Evolutionary Psychology Primer
- Development across the Lifespan
- The VOICE of Learning
- States of Dream and Drugs
- Cognition: Memory, Thinking, and Language
- Motivation & Emotion (including Stress)
- Multiple Choice Exam
- What’s New with the FRQ?
- IPR: Instructional Planning Report
- Disorders, Treatment, and DSM-V
- Social Psychology’s Tribe
- Review Games
- Fabulous Resources: Lesson Plan Share
- What to Do After the AP Exam?
*Course changes at instructor’s discretion and based on group dynamics
What to bring to the APSI:
Items you should bring during the week include:
- a laptop computer or tablet, headphones & storage device
- a copy of your school’s academic calendar
- one lesson plan to share
- one classroom activity to share
- one best practice to share
- assigned candy (TBA Monday)
- comfortable clothes and shoes for walking/activities in the summer heat
- a light sweatshirt or sweater in case you get chilly due to A/C
Consultant: Kimberly E. Cruz (read bio)