:: 2015 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin
This AP Psychology session will be for new and veteran AP Psychology teachers, and will include an update and overview of the entire College Board curriculum, the newest areas of emphasis noted by the College Board, and many “Best Practices” that make even the hardest units fun for students.
The goals of the APSI sessions:
- Discuss College Board expectations and strategies for success on both the multiple choice and FRQ sections of the AP Exam in Psychology.
- Bring familiarity and develop confidence to teach difficult content areas of the curriculum, such as statistics, neuroscience, and sensation and perception.
- Discuss how to set up and build a first-rate AP Psych program that draws students in.
- Share ideas among us for materials and textbooks that promote success in the classroom.
Participants should bring the following:
- One 4-Pack of Play-Doh brand play-doh. This is 20-ounces total, four 5-ounce canisters, any colors are fine. We will experience one of the students’ favorite activities: Play Doh brains!
- One 3x3 yellow post-it note pad.
- 6-8 colored pencils, already sharpened.
- One yellow highlighter.
- Plenty of paper or spiral notebook for taking notes!
- IF you are an experienced teacher, please bring something that has been successful in your classes to share with the group: a lesson / an activity / with handouts for 30-people. If you’re relatively new, this will be your bonanza!
Lead Consultant: Katherine Minter
Katherine Minter is a past National Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). With over 26 years teaching experience at both the high school and college level, Katherine is experienced with AP, IB, and Regular Psychology curriculums. As a College Board Consultant traveling nationally and internationally for over 20 years, and as an AP Reader of psychology exams for many years, Katherine offers innovative, engaging ways to cover the content of a typical college introductory course. Recipient of the College Board’s Excellence in Teaching Award for 1996, Katherine was “Teacher of the Year” at Westwood High School for 2000-2001, and was selected “National Teacher of the Year” for APA’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools for 2009. In 2007 Katherine wrote an AP Psychology Instructor’s Manual to accompany a McGraw-Hill college textbook, and she and her co-author just completed a second edition of a Pearson/Prentice-Hall textbook, PSYCHOLOGY, published in January, 2015.
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- Introductions and setting the agenda to your needs.
- Overview of College Board Curriculum and Updates for 2014.
- Textbook selections and other materials to begin perusing through the week.
- First Content Session, with plenty of Q&A time.
- Second Content Session, with plenty of Q&A time.
- Third Content Session, with plenty of Q&A time.
- Fourth Content Session, with plenty of Q&A time.
- GUEST SPEAKER (pending approval of authorities)
- Fifth Content Session, with plenty of Q&A time.
- Overview of the AP Exam: FRQ and Grading Rubric / Multiple Choice
- Share Lesson/Activity with Group
- Wrap Up Loose Ends and Graduation!