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IB Psychology (SL) in less than 125 Hours!

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By teaching the course holistically and integrating the core and options it’s possible to teach the IB Psychology course in more depth and in less time.

Here are two possible ways you could teach SL Psychology in less than 125 hours with the help of our textbook, IB Psychology: A Student’s Guide.


Course Option #1 with Human Relationships

                                                                                                     Total = 124 Lessons

  • Introduction                                 (Chapter One)
    • 8 Lessons
  • Criminology                                 (Chapter Two)
    • 25 Lessons
  • Social Influence                           (Chapter Three)
    • 30 Lessons
  • Quantitative Methods                 (Chapter Six)
    • 17 Lessons
  • Internal Assessment                    (Chapter Seven)
    • 20 Lessons
  • PTSD (Memory Topics Only)     (Chapter Four)
    • 10 Lessons
  • Love and Marriage                      (Chapter Five)
    • 14 Lessons
  • Course Review and Exam Prep (Chapter Ten)
    • Time Remaining

Download this course overview here.


 

Course Option #2 with Abnormal Psychology

                                                                                                   Total = 120 Lessons

  • Introduction (Chapter One)
    • 8 Lessons
  • Criminology                                     (Chapter Two)
    • 25 Lessons
  • Social Influence (excl. HR topics) (Chapter Three)
    • 20 Lessons
  • Quantitative Methods                    (Chapter Six)
    • 17 Lessons
  • Internal Assessment                      (Chapter Seven)
    • 20 Lessons
  • PTSD                                                 (Chapter Four)
    • 26 Lessons
  • Pheromones                                     (Chapter Five)
    • 4 Lessons
  • Course Review and Exam Prep (Chapter Ten)
    • Time Remaining

Download this course overview here.


 

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  1. Hi Travis
    Thank you so much for all of your invaluable posts over the last few months – one of the absolute joys of teaching is the generous spirit of our profession.

    I only started teaching IB Psych this year – in Istanbul – and without people like you i would have well and truly drowned (or remained in glorious ignorant bliss!mmm….perhaps i should stop this thank you note right now…..).
    I am struggling with the decision to move to the thematic approach. Every bit of my intellectual brain knows it is the only way i should be considering but……..my brain feels a tad fried and exhausted and is whinging at me to take the easy option – the devil you know. Given i have spent the last year on a very steep learning curve and farly intense resource development, not to mention the decision to not have set textbooks next year……..
    Do you have a cut and paste “how to convince new and tired teachers to throw away everything they have done so far for the sake of better education” document you could send me? I need motivaton ☺ (yes yes yes i know, better education should be motivation enough……but it is June).
    In the absence of said document, I suppose i better buy the book……at the very least as a sincere thanks for the advice and posts and intellectual ponderings…
    Best wishes
    Kaylee MACKENZIE

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      What a great comment! Thanks, Kaylee.

      I don’t have such a document. Perhaps I should work on one? Although, I would say that the book itself, I think, would do a good job of showing you the pros over the cons of moving to a themantic approach. But I completely understand – it’s a big decision to change one’s course and go on a new path. And, honestly, without your kids having a copy of the textbook in their hands, it might be a bit of work on your behalf.

      One easy way to make the transition is to simply start with the options first. Flip your course this way, and then you’ll find that through teaching the options first you’ll naturally address the concepts/topics in the core. Then when you’ve taught the options, just do a “tidy up” of the topics you didn’t address. That’s one way to go about it, that wouldn’t be too much more work.

      If you do purchase a copy, we’ll send you straight away the first two chapters (Intro and Criminology). This way you’ll be able to see that actually, with the book, I’ve tried to make the transition pretty simple for teachers. And the criminology is basically the biological approach, so if you find it doesn’t work for you, then you haven’t really lost anything (but I’m pretty sure you’ll be hooked).

      Also, once you see the structure you’ll see that you can planning and collaborating will be easy, as the lesson-by-lesson approach makes it really easy to share ideas.

      But the final call is up to you. I hate coming across like a salesman, and if you’re not fully comfortable, perhaps wait a year and have a read of the book and see how the course could pan out and see how it goes. My goal in my work is to take the stress out of education, so I’d hate to be adding to yours.

      Personally, I can’t wait for a fresh start in August with a new course and new text. But I’ve got the benefit of having 9 months and about 1,000 hours of course planning in that time behind me 🙂

      If join our Facebook group for teachers you can post more questions there and that’s where fellow themanticators will be collaborating for the new course.

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/themed.ibpsych.teachers/

      You can always message me on Facebook if you’ve got questions as well.

      Cheers, Kaylee,
      Travis.

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