Society for the Teaching of Psychology: Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Tips for the Summer

31 May 2023 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Hi STP!  This is your STP Membership Committee, with your latest Member Spotlight (in a separate blog post), and sharing some of our tips and tricks for what to do this summer to get ready for Fall.  To be a future STP Member Spotlight, fill out this friendly form!  We randomly select members to highlight each month as they share their STP experiences.  We hope to see you in a future column!

So, hopefully you are wrapping up (or even already done!) with another semester of classes. Congratulations either way! We hope it was a good one. Before you completely settle into Summer mode, we want to remind everyone of things they can do now to prepare for classes in the Fall.

Here are a few things you can do to get ready:

  1. Review your syllabus and course materials. Take some time to go over your syllabus and course materials from the previous year, and make any necessary updates or changes. Need some inspiration?  Check out STP’s Project Syllabus.
  2. Brush up on your content knowledge. Spend some time reviewing the key concepts or theories in psychology that you will be teaching. This can be either delving deeper into something you haven’t had a chance to revisit in a while, or picking one key concept to prepare for a new course you are looking forward to teaching.  Need some inspiration?  Check out some content resources from the APA Divisions.
  3. Plan engaging activities and assignments. Consider incorporating one new and creative activity or assignment into your course to keep your students engaged and interested in the material. Try adding one of the activities from the STP Resources page!
  4. Connect with other psychology educators. Attend conferences or join online groups like the STP Facebook or Twitter @teachpsych to connect. This can provide valuable networking opportunities and help you stay informed about the latest trends and best practices in psychology education. Find us at APA in Washington DC this August, and visit this site for a list of more STP conferences!

Thank you for supporting STP and don’t forget to renew your membership.

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