Review Idea: Key Study Jenga

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I’m sure this idea has probably been around for years, but I’ve never seen it so here’s what I came up the other day as I spied a jenga set in a classroom. This review idea would work well at the end of the course before exams. It might be an idea to give to students to do for themselves …

FREE Teacher Support Pack (TSP) Now Available – Introduction to Psychology

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Last year I published a number of resources to support teaching Chapter 1 of IB Psychology, A Student’s Guide. Twelve months later and our website has developed so we can now offer the complete set of resources completely free. Find the Intro TSP and more HERE!  Like all our TSPs, this one comes with: Lesson plans Complete unit plan (ready to be …

Lesson/Revision Idea: The Two Minute Drill

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How it works… Put two minutes on a timer (I use a trusty kitchen timer) Project a possible exam question, maybe one for a topic that you’ve been working on or revising Students have two minutes to outline a plan of how they’d answer that question A4 pieces of paper cut in half are good to use Collect all answers …

For Teachers: PT Conferences Made-Easy

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Yesterday we had Parent-Teacher (PT) conferences at school and I thought I’d share a few things that made for smooth sailing and an enjoyable day for me. We only have ten minutes per interview, so I’ll share how I managed to communicate a whole lot in that short time. New teachers will probably find this a lot more helpful than …

Lesson Idea: Reviewing Year One

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After two months of summer my students have had every chance to forget almost everything we did in year one. Sh*t, even when I sit down to my desk to plan the second year I struggle to think what we’ve already covered. For this reason I like to spend the entire first lesson on reviewing what we did in year …

Lesson Idea: What do psychologists study?

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I like to take my introduction to psychology quite slowly. On the very first lesson I get students to think about the definition of psychology and what they actually study by doing the following activity. There is space for students to write notes on this activity in their workbooks. Step One: Students begin working with a partner and write as …

Lesson Idea: Understanding conclusions from studies

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  This lesson idea is designed to go with the Introductory chapter, Topic 1.2 (b), Applying Conclusions. For years I fear I underestimated just how complex psychology studies are at first glance for brand new IB Psychology students, so I’ve made a deliberate effort in my new course to have a real gradual introduction into using psychology studies. For this …