If you teach High School / AP Psychology (the American equivalent of A-levels) you’ll no-doubt be aware of the American Psychological Association web site. This has a wide range of resources scattered across its many pages that, unfortunately, aren’t always the easiest to find.
So, to save you a of time and trouble I’ve selected a range of Lesson Plans for your browsing pleasure in the hope you might find some, if not necessarily all, of them useful.
If you’ve arrived here from an American destination the lesson plans are aligned to the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula while if you’ve wandered absent-mindedly to the site from somewhere in the UK you’ll find a lot of the stuff fits into various A-level curricula in terms of level if not necessarily always in terms of content. In this case it’s probably a question of having a look around to see if there’s anything that takes your fancy, either to apply as is or adapt in some way to your particular curriculum.
While these are all designed to be Lesson Plans this can mean different things to different schools and systems, in terms of both teaching time and depth. In the main, the resources listed below tend to be both extensive and comprehensive. Most are designed to be taught over a couple of sessions (although, as I’ve suggested, what constitutes something like “a session” can vary quite widely) but some are more-ambitious and can cover a week or so’s teaching.
Whether you see this as a good thing or bad thing probably depends on the topic and how
desperate keen you are for teaching resources.
The resources are from a range of different authors and while, as I’ve said, they conform to certain national standards (which may be different across different nations) they vary, as you might expect, in terms of presentation quality. While some are extremely comprehensive in terms of instructions and accompanying activities, others are somewhat less so.
There are quite a few resources available and since I can’t be bothered to go into any detail about each (to be brutally honest, I’ve got more places to be and better things to do) you’ll just have to download anything that looks as though it might be interesting from the following list:
Psychological Perspectives on Behavior
Correlational vs. Experimental Research
Famous Psychologists’ Facebook Pages
Methodology: Do Donuts Improve Memory?
Memory Retrieval: Aways Read the Label
Research Methods and Statistics