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AP Summer Institute: Psychology

AP Psychology Summer Institute
Summer Institute Schedule of Studies

Instructor: Margaret Davidson

Course Description APSI Psychology 2018

This course is designed for AP Psychology educators who are just beginning the exciting adventure of teaching AP Psychology. 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 educators face in teaching AP Psychology.  Successful teaching tips will also be shared.

Topics will include the following:

  • The 2018 AP Psychology exam
  • 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

What participants should bring:

  • 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.

    4 Day Plan:

    Day One:
    College Board Information
    Skills for Student Success
    Making Thinking Visible: Critical Thinking Techniques
    Social Psychology

    Day Two:
    Research Methods
    Biology of Behavior
    Sensation and Perception
    Ideas for Formative Assessments

    Day Three:
    Psych Sprints
    Multiple Choice Monster
    2018 Free Response Review

    Day Four:
    Motivation and Emotion
    Abnormal Behavior
    Tough Topics to Teach
    Review Games

Consultant Margaret Davidson

Margaret Davidson taught 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 and table leader for the AP Psychology Exam for many years.  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.”

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