The LAST unit of the content (if you follow College Board's CED which is not mandatory)... can you even believe it?
But I do love rounding out new content with this unit, social psychology. The reason being twofold.
So you'll want to present the unit in exactly those two ways... the foundational concepts with notes and readings (as usual), and then application through demonstration, simulation, and reflection.
And, I'd like to provide you with some resources to help you do all of that for the social psychology unit.
First, be sure to have...
Once you've set up your course and laid the solid foundation that is Unit 1 Scientific Foundations, it's time to take a bit of a turn into a more anatomy-focused unit. One that I've always called "sciency" because of the focus on, well, science.
It's easy to get trapped in the tunnel of "What do I cover? What don't I cover?"... more like a black hole you could spend three weeks in.
My biggest advice is to be sure you are focused on the standards as laid out by College Board's CED, and don't stray too far from that because then, you're just wasting time.
As with the first unit, I want to provide you AP psychology activities and resources in hopes that you get to focus your time elsewhere in being effective with your students - you are the number one influence on their learning after all. So let's get to it.
Whereas Unit 1 was focused on history and the mathematical basis of psychological research, Unit 2 is focused...
Psychology is such a unique subject that makes for an incredibly unique course for students today. So unique that no certification in any of the "core" subjects (you know, math, english, social studies, and, yes, even integrated science) prepares teachers to teach.
But that's not necessarily bad, it just means we need a little more assistance and support when we go to teach this course. Not that we don't need that support in other, less unique courses (I'm thinking like an American History, which I taught for a couple years), but for unique courses like psychology (and human geography, for instance), the extra support makes a world of difference as we try to learn the content as we teach it.
As I wrote about in a previous post, my hope is to give you that support through quality, effective resources, and possibly even coaching.
But let's take it one unit at a time. And, let's start with the first unit... Scientific Foundations. I will provide you AP...