high school level
High school teachers nationwide are finding new ways
to help students get the most out of psychology.
BY EMILY WOJCIK
In the 36 years since high school teachers first became APA affiliate members, psychology has become one of the most sought-after subjects in secondary schools — and its
popularity is still growing fast.
2009, for example, he helped to launch the blog “Teaching High
School Psychology” (teachinghighschoolpsychology.blogspot.
com) to reach new instructors, connect existing ones and
provide teaching resources. The blog fills a significant need, as
many high school psychology teachers are trained in fields other
than psychology. One of the most common questions posted
on the blog is, “I just found out I’m teaching psych — can you
“We offer current information, whether it’s something
in the press about a new study, a resource or TV show, links
to information, and oftentimes our slant on why it’s good
and how we would use it,” says Jones. “We’re not ‘lesson-plan
central.’ We’re a place for high school teachers, who seem to be
overburdened doing more with less, to find information.”
At Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., high school
psychology teacher Sheryl Freedman is building students’
interest in publishing psychology research. She has served
as faculty adviser of the Whitman Journal of Psychology, a