Monday, April 27, 2015

Suicide Prevention Resources

Over the time of our careers, many or most of us will have had to deal with depressed students who have suicidal tendencies. As teachers of psychology, people already think of us as counselors even if we do not have that particular training. My belief is that we need to educate ourselves and be prepared in case we do encounter students in distress.

April and May are the two months that have the most suicide attempts. After having suffered for months, the increased sunshine and energy can take a suicidal person's intentions and turn them into actions. While researching something else, I found an amazing resource. Here are links to assist in our preventing suicide.

The Role of the High School Teacher in Preventing Suicide
This article contains many resources as well as information on how to respond to students in distress. It is worth the time to read.

This link and others are courtesy of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center or They have many resources available to educators nationwide.

Here is one link to get you started on their site:
On the left are links to resources for further reading and for parents as well as other people within your school organizations.

May you find the information helpful and may you be successful when you do have to deal with these challenging situations.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AP Test Review resources from Joe Swope

Posting yet another AP review resource - hope your test reviews are going well, and that your kids are fired up for the exam! Go AP Psych!

Joe Swope (psychology teacher/researcher extraordinaire, fantasy author, and friend of high school psychology) sent this link to the "Try It!" part of his site - here's Joe's description of the rousource:

" ... an unlimited number of practice tests.  I configured it for only 20 questions at a time with unlimited time.  Answers are readily available at the end or even during.  There are a few click on the right part of the brain, neuron, chart questions and even a few animated questions.  Each time a student refreshes they get a different set of 20 in a different order and even the ABCDE's are randomized.  My kids say they like it, but then again I also make them say that or else."

"Try It" psychology review resources from Joe

posted by Rob McEntarffer

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More AP Review resources

(written by the fabulous Kristin Whitlock, posted by Rob McEntarffer because he has more time to do it right now :) 

I have a few links that I thought the AP teachers beginning their reviews might find useful.

Khan Academy
These lectures were designed for students who are preparing to take the MCAT test.  But they could be very useful for your students in review.  Here's the link:

Learnerator Guide for AP Psychology
I haven't looked at this one in much depth, but it provides online quizzes in the different content areas.  If anyone has tried this out, speak up!

Teaching High School Psychology Blog
There is a post with a number of links for review.  Chuck Schallhorn has some lectures posted for review.  There are also a number of teacher websites that have review information.

posted by Kristin Whitlock, via Rob McEntarffer

Friday, April 10, 2015

Brain Games Episode Guides-One Document

Brain Games is our new favorite series in my classroom. My TAs watched all the episodes and did their best to identify the seasons, episode titles, and concepts mentioned. I am certain there are errors or omissions, but neither student has had AP Psych.

I finally had the chance to put the seasons together into one document. Click here for the Word document.

Season One
1.1 Pay Attention
1.2 Watch This!
1.3 Remember This!

Season Two
2.1 Focus Pocus
2.2 It's About Time
2.3 Motion Commotion
2.4 Don't Be Afraid
2.5 Power of Persuasion
2.6 What You Don't Know
2.7 Battle of the Sexes
2.8 Seeing is Believing
2.9 You Decide
2.10 Use It or Lose It
2.11 Illusion Confusion
2.12 Liar Liar!

Season Three
3.1 Battle of the Ages
3.2 In Living Color
3.3 Laws of Attraction
3.4 Trust Me
3.5 Stress Test
3.6 What's Going on?
3.7 In Living Color
3.8 Mind Your Body
3.9 Follow the Leader
Bonus: Brain Games DIY

Season 4
4.1 Compassion
4.2 Addiction
4.3 Language
4.4 Risk
4.5 Battle of the Sexes 2
4.6 Superstitions
4.7 Food
4.8 Anger
4.9 Patterns
4.10 Intuition
Bonus: Digital Extras

If you want to purchase the DVDs, you can find them here:

You can buy Season 5 on video on demand now with Amazon Video or order the DVDs later when they are released.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Brain Song

I was just assigning one of my brain projects and ran across this example of an original song and video for someone's class.  I really liked it and wanted to share.

Original, creative work can be both a great way to learn as well as a way to review.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Time for the return of appsychreview

Thanks to Aaron Collins for the inspiration for the image above. 

It's back! For the fourth consecutive year, Twitter will be abuzz with students looking for someone to assist them as they are reviewing for the AP Psych exam on May 4, 2015 - and "we" will be there to help them out. By "we" I mean myself, plus a whole bunch of other veteran AP Psych teachers, who are willing to offer advice, mnemonics, and just good explanations for confusing questions that vex students. By adding the hashtag #appsychreview to their tweets, students alert teachers they need help, and teachers reply with short answers and/or links to images, sites, or videos that help.

Here's an example of mine from last year:

The following is largely a repost from last year's post about #appsychreview - if you have questions, please post them in the comments or e-mail them to me (Steve).

1) Use #appsychreview to get help with questions you are struggling with. Maybe you can't tell the difference between, say, retrograde and anterograde amnesia. Well, we can help with that. Or you need a way to remember Erikson's eight stages, and so we can send you to see the great Dr. Britt.

2) DO NOT use #appsychreview for basic questions.  Questions like "Who is Piaget?" or "What was Milgram's experiment about?" are ones that will either be ignored or at best you'll be re-directed to the Wikipedia pages for that subject.

3) Be considerate. If you have a dozen questions, don't post them all. Before posting, look for similar questions on #appsychreview - believe it or not, you're not the first asking about Piaget's stages.  Then post a question or two. Someone will probably answer your question within 24 hours - and if you don't see a reply to your tweet by then, feel free to send your tweet to me (@highschoolpsych).

4) This is not an on-demand guaranteed service. People who currently teach or formerly taught AP Psych will answer your question as best they can. If you need more intensive help, there are plenty of AP Psych review books to choose from.

1) PLEASE DO NOT encourage your students to use #appsychreview to ask questions to gain extra credit in your class. One day two years ago we had more than 100 tweets in 15 minutes because a well-meaning teacher told his students they would get extra credit for doing so. This is a volunteer service of real teachers who are giving their time to help out students, not a bunch of automated robots.

2) The biggest question I get is: how do I know I can trust that my students will get the correct answer? The short answer is you can't - there's no guarantee. But in the three years we've done this, I've never seen anyone give incorrect information. Sure, some folks give explanations in different ways than I would, but that's to be expected. What's more impressive is the dozens of tweets that I've read where *I* learned a brand new way to explain something, or about a new resource because another teacher pointed to it in her answer. If you see an answer you think is wrong, let me know.

3) If you're answering a question, it helps greatly to give a link to a site or to an image which helps to explain the concept. For example, the amazing @mariavita1 gave this great answer to a question about the phi phenomenon by giving a few words and then a link to a site that more fully explained it.

4) How do you answer a question? Just reply to the question and be sure to keep #appsychreview in the tweet. There's no application process and no minimum number to answer - just jump in when you can and help!

--posted by Steve