Ok, let's get real. Learning is hard.
Not just that... the statement, "learning is hard" takes on a whole other meaning in psychology, because it's an entire unit!
Not to mention it's not about the stuff you might think of when you say "learning" - stuff like memory and studying... o no, that all goes in the next unit, Cognitive Psychology... stay tuned for that post.
So let's chat about learning and how you might use your time on Learning effectively so students get all the rather confusing terms adjusted in their brains correctly the first time.
Introducing Classical Conditioning and Operant Conditioning to your students is best done slowly and with examples. I mean visual examples where students can work through the principles of classical conditioning at their own pace. My favorite video to use is this one where a sister conditions her brother- it seems to resonate with students, especially those with younger siblings.
Before you get to examples those, be sure to lay the foundation with these slides and notes.
And if you use Myers' Psychology for AP textbook, 1st edition, here are the reading guides to accompany that text.
Examples for Operant Conditioning are also super fun. In our AP Psych Content Coaching Membership, I provide teachers with links to videos of the show Big Bang Theory using Playposit where the questions are embedded into the video to check for understanding. I provide those videos within the structure I provide in the unit guide which includes a pacing guide, lots of resources, and even quizzes. Here's a peak at what those unit guides look like...
Getting students to practice, practice is really key for this unit. So I made a collection of digital drag and drop activities you can find linked on the image below.
If you want to learn more about how I've done this whole AP Psychology thing, maybe see more of my materials or learn about the structure of the membership and how I support teachers, I've got a Facebook live coming up where we will be discussing exactly that. Click the image below to check out the event and meet me on my Facebook page Wednesday evening at 7:30pm EST.
In the Facebook Live I'll be sure to mention the workbook I've made just for you, and all AP Psych teachers that gives you some tips and a glimpse into how I roll, so to speak, at least in the classroom. If you don't want to wait until the Facebook live this week, you can grab the FREE workbook here and by clicking the image below.
One last thing that I want to mention is that if you missed the boat when the membership was open last time, or if you're just learning about it and want to know if it will open again, I am happy to announce that enrollment in the membership will open again on December 2. It will only be open for enrollment for a short amount of time, so be sure you get on the waiting list by grabbing your AP Psych Done Right! Workbook and I'll be sure to let you know exactly when enrollment opens and closes for the last time for the 2019-2020 school year.
Until next time,