Thursday, May 5, 2011

Milwaukee Area Teachers of Psychology Meeting - May 11, 2011

Please excuse the cross-posting. We are trying to make sure we reach everyone interested in the MATOP meeting.

Since 1993, Milwaukee area psychology teachers have gathered twice a year to share teaching ideas and develop friendships. Our group has come to be called the "Milwaukee Area Teachers of Psychology" (MATOP). Below you will find an invitation to our next meeting on May 11th. If you live within driving distance of the Milwaukee area, please feel free to attend. If you would like to be included on the MATOP mailing list please contact me at the email address below.

For those of you not within driving distance of Milwaukee, feel free to "check out" our agenda for items you might find useful in your classroom. Whenever possible, I have tried to include email or website addresses for further information. Please contact me with any questions you may have.

For more information on MATOP, please go to my website at


Kent Korek
Germantown High School
W180 N11501 River Lane
Germantown, WI 53022
Phone: 262-253-3400
Fax: 262-253-3494

Dear Psychology Teacher:

Please consider attending the meeting of the Milwaukee Area Teachers of Psychology (MATOP) on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Pius XI High School, 135 N. 76th Street, Milwaukee 53213 in the Library.

Our meeting will include:

■ an examination of Peter Gray’s Psychology 6e from Worth Publishing. This text is a number one seller for AP and IB classes. Thanks to Eileen Tanania, the Bedford, Freeman and Worth representative (866-843-3715 ex 1714) , everyone attending the meeting will receive an examination copy of the text and student study guide. For more information on this text go to

■ a discussion of the just released 2011 AP Psychology Exam Free Response Questions. For your own copy of both questions, go to

■ an inspection of the new edition of Psychology 9e (AP Edition) by Bernstein, Penner, Clarke-Stewart, and Roy from Holt-McDougal. Through the courtesy of Katie Golem, Advanced & Elective Programs Specialist at Holt-McDougall, (800-479-9799 ex. 3870) everyone will receive a complementary copy of this mainstay AP Psychology text. Go to to learn more about the Bernstein text.

■ a demonstration of a pair of both displacement and inversion goggles courtesy of Gerry Palmer at Psychkits at Thanks to Gerry for his contribution to almost every MATOP meeting. Two lucky teachers will be leaving the meeting with a pair of these goggles with suggested lesson plans to use next year in their sensation and perception unit.

■ an appraisal of the first AP version of Prentice Hall/Pearson’s Psychology 2e (AP Edition) by Ciccarelli and White. For our fall meeting Kevin Kuckkan of Prentice Hall (866-340-3692) has sent copies of this new edition for all those in attendance. The Prentice Hall/Pearson website can be found at

■ a presentation of My Psych Lab, a internet based learning and assessment tool for students using Prentice Hall/Pearson textbooks. Elaine Shemas, the AP, Honors, & Electives representative for Prentice Hall (201-236-5521) has graciously provided information to give access to all attending our spring meeting. The Prentice Hall/Pearson website can be found at

■ a review of Laura King’s The Science of Psychology: An Appreciative View 2e from McGraw-Hill/Glencoe. At our fall meeting, Crystal Hooks, the AP, Honors and Electives at Glencoe/McGraw-Hill (877-286-4821) stopped by to highlight the Annual Edition series. For this meeting Crystal has donated copies of the King text. For additional information go to

■ Mike Kopish from UW-Madison has been conducting research on AP Psychology for his doctoral dissertation. Mike has agreed to present some of his research findings from studying four different AP Psychology programs throughout WI.

■ information regarding activities/demonstrations/resources for classroom use. At our fall meeting, we agreed spend more time letting teachers share some of their best classroom activities. A number of people have agreed to share. Please feel free to bring something to the group.

■ and much more.

Everyone is welcome to attend any and all MATOP meeting. There is no need to RSVP. Please feel free to invite anyone you feel might be interested in coming. Our meetings usually last about two hours. You need not stay the entire time.

If you have any questions concerning our meeting, please contact Ruth Regent-Smith at Pius H.S. (414-290-7000) or Kent Korek at Germantown H.S. (262-253-3400)

For directions to Pius, go to We look forward to seeing you.

Ruth Regent-Smith
Kent Korek

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