Sunday, November 5, 2017

3 Millions Views-A Past and a Future

As of this morning, our THSP blog has nearly three million page (2.97m) views since 2009 when we began. That number is unfathomable to this particular blogger. In the spring of 2009, Kent Korek, Steve Jones, and Chuck Schallhorn wanted to find a way to bring high school teachers together and to share quality materials. We had been using a drive with files (pre-Google drive sharing) that people could join and download.

When we began, we were simply trying to centralize the excellent and vetted resources we knew of or created. Kent began his five-times a week "Midnight Postings" as Chuck and Steve attempted to keep up. In the eight years, we all have gone on to other things with the blog no longer being as high a priority in our lives.

Each of us has so many resources in our respective files that could/should be posted, but there is not enough time. Other resources including the upcoming collection coming from TOPSS is a reason to rejoice in our sharing. The Facebook group has grown to over 3000 teachers. There are an estimated 8000-10000 psychology teachers in the US alone. How can we get them all together and sharing quality, pedagogically sound resources and activities? What role will this blog play in bringing psychology teachers together?

While those other sources exist, we will continue posting content and pedagogy here. We will happily share our ideas and our experiences. The future is never certain, but we will attempt to keep bringing quality resources and thoughtful posts about teaching.

Two reminders:
1) this link is to the Google Drive that we have created--all materials are vetted.

2) Using the labels in the left column, you can search our blog by AP unit-a handy tool for planning.

In addition to everyone who has utilized our blog, we'd like to thank everyone who has regularly or guest posted. You all are awesome people! We look forward to many more guest writing and sharing their expertise.

Yours in psychology teaching excellence,


posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Infographic on Trends in Psychology

Link for .pdf file of this poster

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Friday, October 27, 2017

Professional Development Resources and Regional Networks

Where can you get some quality professional for your psychology background? Look no further than what we have put together at the American Psychological Association/TOPSS.

If there is nothing in your state, find the link to create your own group and make something happen! The APA/TOPSS has some excellent resources to get you started.

Teaching Toolkit from APA/TOPSS

Check it out!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Drew Appleby--What Can You Do With a Psych Major? Updated Resource

Dr. Drew Appleby has done it again. He has created this amazing chart showing the careers one can obtain with various degrees. This link has the original poster to print.

The larger, multi-page document with multiple links per career is available at

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hyperdocs for Myers for AP, 2nd Edition

Hi All.

I posted last spring some of the hyperdocs I had created for the Myers for AP text. I have been creating more as this year has progressed. I thought I would just share the folder rather than specific links. It just seemed easier.

As I am posting this, I am working on the Sensation and Perception Unit. Just finished Module 16.  I still need to make some title edits for better organization, but you get the idea.

Link for Google Drive Folder to access and MAKE COPIES of the documents--you will almost certainly want to make edits--additions and subtractions. I will not be granting anyone access to edit, so don't even bother asking--lol. Your request will be ignored--make a copy to edit.

Enjoy and I hope they help you out.


posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hello Everyone!

Eric Landrum and Garth Neufeld have been busy at work on a Podcast called, "Psych Sessions:  Conversations about Teaching N' Stuff", where they interview teachers of psychology.  There are some WONDERFUL folks that I can't wait to hear from!  The podcast is available on iTunes (search for 'psychsessions' within podcasts at the store OR download directly at  Check it out!

Kristin Whitlock

APA/TOPSS Membership-Teaching of Psychology in Secondary Schools

The Teaching of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) is an amazing organization that is a part of the American Psychological Association. Member benefits include connections to other psychology teachers around the world, the national standards, lesson plans for all the psychology units, professional development resources, and so much more.

The photo taken this past summer was of the participants of the APA Psychology Summit designed to examine the current state of affairs of teaching high school psychology and making choices about which directions we wanted the field to go into the future. Hint: the science of psychology was a huge portion.

In any case, join us in making the future of psychology even better by joining TOPSS. You can access everything at the link below. Join now and you get three extra months of membership.

There are also many opportunities for leadership for those interested.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Monday, October 16, 2017

Exact Directions Challenge

This challenge by a father to his kids to give exact instructions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich are hysterical, enjoyable, educational, and a great example of the power of details for operational definitions.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Psych Files: A Brief Survey

Hi Everyone,

Michael Britt over at the Psych Files is a friend of the blog. As you may know, he has been working for free for psychology teachers and students around the world for more than a decade. Recently, that has become unsustainable for him. He has added advertising to his blogs and podcasts. In the interest of helping to keep his efforts going, he is requesting the responses of you and your students. The survey takes less than five minutes. Thank you for your help.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Thursday, October 12, 2017

APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Awards

APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Awards
The American Psychological Association (APA) Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Awardrecognize outstanding teachers in psychology. There will be up to three annual awards.

Winners will receive a framed certificate, engraved award, cash prize of $500, and a free TOPSS membership or renewal for the 2019 membership year. Additionally, Worth Publishers is generously donating a $500 credit to Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishers and a copy of the “High School Psychology Video Anthology DVD” to each of the winning teachers.  For additional details and the nomination process, please see  
The nomination deadline is February 15, 2018.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Friday, September 22, 2017

Smartphones: Let's think critically!

Several people recommended this Atlantic article by Jean Twenge to me recently (link below). The author makes a compelling, and frightening, argument about the impact of smartphones on our students.

Psychologist Sara Rose Cavanagh wrote a response in Psychology Today, arguing that Twenge doesn't have evidence to back up her claims in the Atlantic article:

Psychology teachers might be able to use these two articles as part of a useful critical thinking lesson: what can we "know" based on a lot of correlational evidence? What can't we know? What conclusions should we draw about important issues when all we can get is correlational evidence?

posted by Rob McEntarffer

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Radio West:  The Hidden Brain        

Hello Everyone!

Radio West is a program produced by KUER (our local NPR affiliate) that delves into many topics that help the public understand how the world works.  The host, Doug Fabrizio, does an excellent job interviewing interesting characters and delving into topics relevant to the teaching of Psychology.  Check out this interview with NPR's Shankar Vedantam who is the host of the podcast the Hidden Brain.  In this program, the conversation centers on how our behavior is oftentimes influenced by unconscious forces. You'll be hooked!


Kristin Whitlock

UTOPSS Fall Conference

The UTAH-Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools Fall Conference is just around the corner!  We have a FABULOUS line-up of guests!

Friday, September 29, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Westminster College, Salt Lake City Utah


*Tiffany Karns, Rowlett High School, Rowlett TX

“It’s Not Just What We Teach, But Also Who We Teach
Making it Personal: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Brain Development”

*Dr. Susan Manville, Westminster College

"Teaching At The Intersection of Psychology & Health"

*APA Summit on High School Psychology Education: Exciting directions for Introductory Psychology

Julie Gowans, Payson High School
Annette Nielsen, Woods Cross High School
Tomee Pace, Mountain High School
Dan Rozanas, Alta High School
Kristin Whitlock, Davis High School

*Participant Idea Share

*Break-out sessions

AP Psychology: Jonathan Lungreen (Tooele High School)

Introductory Psychology: Erik Bayles (Utah Valley University & Pleasant Grove High School)

Sports Psychology: Bart Thompson (Salem Hills High School)

Registration is $50.00 and is due September 22, 2017

Go to: 

I hope you can join us!

Kristin Whitlock

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. address, APA convention, 1967

Did you know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the APA convention in 1967? I didn't! This blog post about his talk might be a very useful (and timely) post to use with your students.

Here is the full text of his speech at the APA convention:

posted by Rob McEntarffer

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

September psychology workshop in the St. Louis area

I am happy to share this announcement:

Fall 2017

St. Louis Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools
Partially funded by a generous grant from the
APA High School Psychology Teacher Network Grant

Wednesday September 13 , 2017
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Education Plus
1460 Craig Rd
St Louis, MO 63146

Bring your Own: Side Dish or Dessert and Best Practices to Share!
Sandwiches and Mostaccioli from Psghetti’s


College Psychology Student Panel
Book Club
Planning for Spring Meeting
Sharing of Best Practices


Please email Jennifer Flores or Melody Barger if you would like to attend

Jennifer Flores –

Melody Barger –

Sign up to bring something at: 

--posted by Steve

Monday, August 28, 2017

How stressed are your students?

I've been reading quite a bit lately about high school students and stress (especially students in AP and IB programs). I'm also talking with my daughter (10th grade, IB program) about stress (not very successfully) and it's making me wonder about the connections between high school psychology and student stress.

This topic "fits" most obviously in a "Health and Stress" unit, but I'm not sure how many of us teach a chapter like that? It could belong in the Motivation and Emotion unit too? Or maybe just Bio Psychology? I've talked with many high school psych teachers about how the Cognition unit can help students figure out how to study and how to "learn how to learn." I wonder if there might be similar and equally important lessons from our psychology content about how to FEEL about learning (and trying, and failing, and succeeding, and how to handle the emotional components of learning).

I don't have many great resources to share about this yet, and I'd love to hear from you all. Here's a good (I think) article from Psychology Today - might be a place to start?

(Image source: - labelled for reuse) 

posted by Rob McEntarffer

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Excellence In Psychology Instruction Conference (EPIC)

Saturday, October 7 has a fantastic conference for anyone in the Midwest if you can make it to Green Bay, WI. Details here.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Announcing the Third Excellence In Psychology Instructposted

Friday, August 18, 2017

Indiana Students and Teachers of Psychological Science Conference

Amanda Harmon of Zionsville Community High School shared this with the blog about the ISTOPS Conference at the end of September. Below are screenshots from their wonderful web site and a link to register. Marion University is a small, private university in Indianapolis, Indiana and was a wonderfully beautiful campus. If you are in Indiana, western Ohio, Eastern Illinois, or Northern Kentucky, I'd make the drive. They have a great program set up.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Psychology of Racism resources from the APA

The fabulous Emily Leary (she's the assistant director of the APA office of Precollege and Undergraduate Education who does a lot of work for/with with TOPSS, and all high school teachers over her a debt, even if we don't realize it!) sent the following resources that might be useful for any high school psychology teacher who wants to discuss the events in Charlottesville with students:

posted by Rob McEntarffer

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Organized Collection of Articles From Maggie May

Today we have a guest blogger, Maggie May.

Here is her introduction:

Hi! My name is Maggie May and I've been teaching AP Psychology and Honors Psychology at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, PA for four years. I have my Bachelor's degree in History with a 7-12 Social Studies Teaching Certificate from West Chester University and recently graduated from La Salle University with my Master's degree in Education. I am excited for the 2017-2018 school year which will mark my fifth year teaching psychology. I am especially "psyched" to be adding an "Introduction to Psychology" elective course to my schedule. In addition to psych I am a lover of all things history -- so far I've taught American History, American Government, and Principles of Sociology. I hope you find this compilation of psychology articles/video links/Ted talks to be helpful as we all plan to head back to school!

Link to her Google Doc that compiled the set of articles posted in the AP Psych Facebook Group over the past year. This is an incredible resource for those who like to go beyond the textbook for making connections to the "real world."

Thank you, Maggie!!!

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Monday, July 31, 2017

TOPSS and the APA Convention

This message is from Emily Chesnes at the APA. If you are already going to the APA Annual Convention, fantastic. If you are within a few hours' drive, make plans and go!

We hope to see many of you this week at the APA Convention in Washington, DC.  The TOPSS-invited sessions are listed below; please note that the location of the Friday, August 4, TOPSS reception at the APA Convention has changed.  The reception will be held this Friday from 5:00-6:30 PM at Fado Irish Pub at 808 7th Street N.W., Washington, DC, (202) 789-0066.

For more convention sessions for psychology teachers, see this recent Psychology Learning Curve post on convention highlights, this Division 2 chart of convention programming, or this listing of educational programming.  For registration information and to see more on programming, visit the APA Convention website.

TOPSS-invited speakers:

Friday, Aug. 4

1-1:50 p.m. | Convention Center Room 143B
Randal M. Ernst Lecture: High School Psychology: A Discussion on the 2017 APA Summit

Chair:  R. Scott Reed, Hamilton High School, Ariz.
Participants:  Randal M. Ernst, EdD, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Amy Fineburg, PhD, Jefferson Public Schools, Ala.; other summit participants.

2-2:50 p.m. | Convention Center Room 144A
In the Light of a Star: An Introduction to the Life and Works of William Stern (1871-1938)

James T. Lamiell, PhD, Georgetown University
Chair: R. Scott Reed, Hamilton High School, Ariz.

3-3:50 p.m. | Convention Center Room 143B
The Lee Gurel Lecture: The Power of Persuasion
Robert Cialdini, PhD, Arizona State University
Chair: R. Scott Reed, Hamilton High School, Ariz.

5-6:30 p.m.
Please join us for a TOPSS Reception
Fado Irish Pub
808 7th Street N.W., Washington, DC
(202) 789-0066).

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Amazing Dr. Joseph Swope and His Fabulous Web Site

Dr. Joseph Swope (Joe) is a high school psychology and AP Psychology teacher from the East Coast (Maryland). He's also worked at the Springfield Power Plant and Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters (if his Facebook profile is to be believed). In any case, Joe is prolific in his giving back to the psychology community. Check out his bio to the right.

In short, if you teach psychology, go to his site, swopepsych and sign up for an account--it's free and the resources are so amazing!

Here are a few of the items that he has shared.

Joe has put his video lectures/textbook online. Great resources for students and teachers.

His expansive list of resources can be found here.

He is also an author of a book called Need for Magic that incorporates social psychology concepts throughout.

So what does Dr. Swope's site have to offer teachers? 
  • hundreds of video clips from movies and television shows
  • lots of activities and worksheets for various classwork and homework use
  • Video textbook has 93 thirty minute videos--each was shot with two 1080i (that is hi-def) cameras with microphones around the room to pick up on the class dynamics
  • Sooooo many resources
  • A log-in system for teachers and students
  • Coming soon: a system where the teacher can assign a particular video, have the student watch it and take a quiz with a resulting email to the teacher with quiz results. Joe is also working on randomizing the quizzes to reduce cheating.
  • A site that offers what teachers and students can actually use--Joe is a high school classroom teacher--he knows what we need and what we don't

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hyperdocs for Myers for AP 2e

Many/most textbooks are organized using the chapter principle. This can work well for teachers at the college level but does not always work well for teachers at the high school level, especially those of us who teach Advanced Placement Psychology. The textbook I use is the Worth Publishing text written by Dr. David Myers, Psychology for AP, 2nd Edition. At my school, all the students have Chromebooks, so we are 1:1 and I have my students complete much of their work digitally.

The Myers text and it is divided into units that reflect the content of the College Board. Each unit is subdivided into Modules (referred to in the chart below by M and a number). Below are the hyperdocs I created during the 2016-17 school year. Please keep in mind that these are not perfect and reflect my emphases of the content I deemed important at the time. I am continually updating my documents and most of these can be used as is. I encourage editing and modification for your own classes.

I limited the hyperdoc formatting to two columns--it is visually easier for me to read/review the content. Not all of these are complete with everything I want to create within each unit--Unit 14 is a great example--the focus there is on vocabulary only--I will be adding quite a bit to this doc for this upcoming year.

You will also notice that the units that occurred early in the year do not yet have hyperdocs. As I work on them at the end of this summer, I will place the links here.

Many of the docs also contain direct links to where I have all my course videos--it is a pay site, but my students are able to access my videos at no cost.

Unit 1--History and Perspectives of Psychology
No formal hyperdoc for the readings--last unit of the year-lots of in-class activities rather than book work

Unit 2--Research Methods
No formal hyperdoc for the readings--early in the year

Unit 3--Biological Bases of Behavior
No formal hyperdoc for the readings--early in the year
Brain Internet Search and Discover

Unit 4--Sensation and Perception
No formal hyperdoc for the readings--early in the year
Visual Perception Activities

Unit 5--States of Consciousness
Mods 22-25--entire unit

Unit 6--Learning
No formal hyperdoc for the readings--early in the year
CC processes doc
CC Practice doc
Learning Scenarios

Unit 7-Cognition and Memory
no formal hyperdoc--was the first unit of the course

Unit 8--Motivation and Emotion

Unit 9--Human Development

Unit 10--Personality Theories

Unit 11--Testing and Individual Differences

Unit 12--Disorders
Personality Disorders and Case Studies
Abnormal Behavior Overview Doc--source unknown--if it is yours, let me know and I will credit you.
DSM 5 Chart

Unit 13--Treatment
M70-73 chart to fill in--not exactly a hyperdoc

Unit 14--Social Psychology
No formal hyperdoc for the readings--early in the year
M74-76 Vocabulary Work
M77-80 Vocabulary Work

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

NorCalTOPSS Psychology Teaching Conference August 5, 2017

Hey, Psychology Teachers!
Are you in 
Northern California 
Central Coast
The Bay Area
Central Valley
or Reno, NV?

On August 5, Eric Castro and Chuck Schallhorn are organizing the Northern California TOPSS meeting. We last met two years ago in San Francisco at St. Ignatius where Eric teaches. This year, we moving to the East Bay to make it more accessible to more people--Mountain House HS in Mountain House, CA, just a few miles east of Livermore just off the Altamont Pass near the 580/205 exchange.

Our agenda includes:

  • debriefing the APA Summit for High School Psychology
  • debriefing the Stanford ONE conference
  • participants sharing out activities that work for them
  • how to turn activities into lab experiences
  • the scientific nature of psychology
  • technology tools useful for teaching psychology
  • examining blended learning
  • discovering online resources for teachers of psychology
  • participant Q/A and discussion about teaching psychology
  • plus lots of free textbooks and review books as well as three Flipgrid premium accounts
Go to for registration details.

If you cannot make it, send or refer a colleague from your school/district/area. Send any questions to

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Monday, July 24, 2017

Maria Vita is Amazing! AKA What to Buy for Your Psych Class

Fellow TOPSS Board Member Maria Vita is an amazing person. Over the past year, she has shared a Google Doc she put together highlighting with links some things you may want to purchase for your psychology classroom.

I leave you with her list:

The links in the doc are active, but not the ones below in the picture. Open the doc and check all of them out. She is pretty terrific.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Friday, July 14, 2017

APA Psychology Summit Days 5 & 6

Hi All,

This is Chuck again posting the final concurrent blog post on the APA Psychology Summit in Ogden, Utah at Weber (Wee-burr) State University. These represent my reflections and perceptions and not those of the event organizers.

As I write this, I am in a hotel room in Park City, Utah, east of Salt Lake City. It was the location of the 2002 Winter Olympics as well as the Sundance film festival. I mention this to emphasize that when you have conferences/meetings you attend, see if you can find out if you can add a day or more to the time in the area to take in the local sites. My plan is to go hiking in the Wasatch Mountains tomorrow morning to see how well I can handle the altitude. I live near sea level in California. I've already walked part of the city and had dinner. As I was driving here, my lack of sleep caught up with me and once I got to the hotel room, I crashed.

Thursday events

Last push with our presentations--editing and practice--each group had only ten minutes and each could easily have been an hour. The time constraints really made us focus. We had so much we accomplished within each group and there was so much to share. A common theme of participants was that we wanted more time to present and to listen to the other groups. We had to get creative.

Each strand had recommendations to the APA on what they would like to see in order to accomplish their goals. I cannot emphasize this enough--this will take a few months for some and years or even decades for others. This week was already one dream come true. There are many others that will take time, effort, and advocacy to occur. The younger teachers in the first ten years of their careers will need to take up the mantle and carry out the recommendations on how to improve high school psychology that we came up with and adapt them to the changing conditions of the future.

After hearing the wonderful work that the strand groups completed, we debriefed and went back to the dorms to change clothes. There was a reception at the Alumni House prior to the talk by Dr. David Myers of introductory psychology and social psychology textbooks. He had been with us throughout the day exchanging stories with anyone who spoke with him. He is an incredibly kind and receptive man.

Prior to dinner, we moved to the Dumkey room where we were treated to Dr. Myers talk titled, "Teaching Psychological Science in a Post-Truth Age." As a good scientist, every time he made an assertion, he backed it up with data and logical support. He also had a nice collection of relevant cartoons to illustrate his points.

Dinner came next with lots of socializing and connecting there at the alumni house. We made our way back to the dorm where there were at least three different lounges and kitchens where conversations took place. Though we worked during our day sessions, we got to know each other as fellow humans outside the world of psychology and got to know some of each others' stories. The week left me so amped and stoked, I did not want to go back to my room and to sleep. I stayed out talking with my new and old friends until about 12:30 am. I got less than six hours of sleep going into Friday morning. Just like in college, it was worth it.

Friday wrap-up

In the morning, most of us were up later than usual and speedily packing for our return flights home. Even after staying up late the night before, Tomee Pace led her group in one last yoga session at 6:30 am.  During breakfast, we shared the microphones and thought about our next steps as individuals. The APA will be taking the recommendations to the Education Directorate and the Board of Educational Affairs.

We finished with last goodbyes, hugs, tears, and a variety of feelings that were warm and fuzzy. Suitcases were lugged, keys and cards were turned in and transitions back to "real life" begun. It was a life-changing experience for me.

There will be more to come regarding the conclusions, the recommendations, and the next steps that we will be taking in our part of the field of psychology.

Once I get home and settled next week, I will post some pictures.

Charles Schallhorn (L) and Dr. David Myers (R)

Conclusions and Reflections

I left the week some incredibly motivated, energized, and inspired. In talking with several people, none had ever had a professional experience as powerful like this. My experience includes a month at the National Science Foundation at Eastern Illinois where I met Kent Korek of APSI and THSP blog fame, and two weeks at Nebraska Wesleyan where I met Randy Ernst, Charlie Blair-Broeker, Rob MacEntarffer, Alan Feldman, and many others. A large number of us remain friends to this day. Others had been at the St. Marys Conferences, others at the P3 conference, and other attempts to advance the level and quality of high school psychology.

The first word of the conference was "Science"
The last word of the conference was "Champion"
Talk to participants to see what each of those words means to them.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn