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Kristin Whitlock

Kristin H. Whitlock has been teaching AP Psychology since 1992 and currently teaches at Davis High School in Kaysville and Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.  She has been a part of the AP Psychology annual reading since 2001.  She currently serves as a Question Leader and has also served as a Rubric Master, Table Leader, and Reader.  Kristin has also served as the College Board Advisor to the AP Psychology Test Development Committee.  She recently co-authored Barron’s AP Q & A Psychology. She has also authored and edited many articles and teaching materials to support the AP Psychology curriculum.  Along with being a College Board Consultant, Kristin has presented at numerous teaching conferences, including the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Annual Teaching Conference, the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP), Stanford’s Psychology One Conference, the AP Annual Conference, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference, and is the program director for the annual U-TOPSS (Utah-Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools) Fall Conference.  Currently Kristin serves as a Steering Committee member of the APA’s Introductory Psychology Initiative and served on the Steering Committee for the National Summit on High School Psychology Education.  She also recently served as Chair of the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) Committee.  When not doing something related to psychology, Kristin loves to spend time with her three fabulous children and wonderfully supportive husband.

Course Description

We will work together at the beginning of the workshop to set goals for our time together.  As you look at the schedule I’ve prepared, you will notice that most of each day is pre-scheduled with a “Special Topic,”, but during part of each day we will talk about topics the group chooses (the “Psychology Content” section of the day).  Thus, the syllabus below outlines a general outline for our time together, but we may modify it based on what the group decides is most important and the time we have available.  One of my goals is to make sure that you leave this workshop with the resources you need most for next year.  I’ll provide copies of the materials we use/discuss, either in electronic or hard copy, so you’ll have a handy “toolkit” of activities, demonstrations, and resources to draw from as you plan your curriculum.

What to bring:

  • Please have a copy (physical or digital) of the textbook you will use for your AP Psych class available
  • Make sure you have a copy of the College Board AP Psychology CED (either the physical binder or the digital .pdf)
  • Have access to your AP Classroom, if possible
  • We will use Zoom to communicate (video conferences) so a laptop or tablet that you are comfortable using and a stable internet connection is important! 
  • You can find copies of all the activities, resources, in my Google Drive, which I will provide a link to as we get closer to our workshop.
  • Will we also be using Google Classroom to share and submit documents.
Overall Schedule: 
  • Start each day in the morning with all group video conference (7:30 to 11:ish PST)
  • Lunch and small group work from 11:ish to 2:ish PST (small groups set their own schedule – responsible for getting a group task done by the end of each day)
  • Individual work on a project you choose – about 2ish hours a day?

Typical daily schedule (customized each day) 

7:30-8:00ish Reconnect – discuss the “big important ending question” from the day before, discuss results of group work from the previous day, questions, etc. 

8:00-8:30ish Big CED topic for the day (an aspect of the CED we should all notice and incorporate into our planning (including AP Classroom demos, interpreting data from the Instructional Planning report)

9:00-10:30ish Content/Skills topic of the day (one of the units of the CED – demonstrations/activities tied to psych vocab, pedagogy advice) 

10:30-11:00ish Get ready for group work – establish your goal for the day, explain how to “turn it in” 

11:00-2:00ish Group work – small group schedules how they want to get this done (combo of synchronous and asynchronous) – they have something to “turn in” by the end of their work time

2:00-???ish You work on your own individual project (the one you chose at the beginning of the workshop) 


Four Day Course, July 12-15, 2021
Day 1: Monday, July 12
  • Introductions, orientation to our materials/resources, tour of the CED and planning sheets, discussion about “pacing guides”
  • Discussion: Group work and your personal choice project
  • Unit 1 Scientific Foundations
  • Group work: how will you use the CED for your course planning? Make a plan! 
  • On your own: 
    • do the released practice exam (100 multiple choice questions) – score your own exam and be prepared to discuss what you learned
    • Decide on your personal choice project: what do you want to get done by the end of our week? 

Examples of projects:

  • Unit plan
  • AP review materials for students to use before the exam
  • Overall pacing/curriculum guide for your course
Day 2: Tuesday, July 13
  • Reconnect: how was the released practice exam? What did you learn? Share results of group work. Share plans for personal choice project. 
  • The AP Psychology test: what’s the Multiple-choice section all about? 
  • AP classroom: what it is and how we use it
  • Unit 2 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Group work: how do or will you use AP Classroom? What resources will you use to make assessments and get your students practice with multiple choice items? FRQ items? Make a plan! 
  • On your own: start work on your personal choice project. Update Kristin about any changes in your plans. 
Day 3: Wednesday, July 14
  • Reconnect: Share results of group work – how will you use AP Classroom? Share tips. Share updated plans for personal choice project and your progress. 
  • The AP Psychology test: what’s the FRQ section all about? (you’re a reader!)
  • Unit 5 Cognitive Psychology 
  • Group work: by now you’ve seen many (many!) psychology activities/demonstrations. How do you plan on using activities and demonstrations in your class? Choose one unit we haven’t covered and work with your group to plan a unit that includes activities/demonstrations. 
  • On your own: finalize work on your personal choice project.
Day 4: Thursday, July 15
  • Reconnect: share your group work. What unit did you plan? What activities/demonstrations are you going to use? How? 
  • Unit 3: Sensation & Perception
  • Show off your stuff! Sharing your personal choice projects
  • Goodbyes! Final questions, tearful farewells!