After 30 years of working for the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS; Nebraska) as a high school teacher and a curriculum developer, I recently made the jump to higher education. My professional identity during my time with LPS was centered around the teaching of psychology. This change from secondary school education to a university has given me time to pause and reflect on those 30 years. Often overlooked in importance, reflection is a good practice for all teachers. During the past three decades, the teaching of high school psychology has come a long way.
A journalist once quoted psychologist Elena Newman, PhD, talking about “post-dramatic stress disorder.” Don’t let that happen to you, Newman told participants at APA’s Education Leadership Conference.
Witnessing or experiencing race-related trauma damages the psychological wellbeing of minority youth. African American, American Indian, and Latino youth not only encounter race-related trauma in their neighborhoods but also in school.
“This is stupid. I hate school!” 14-year-old Daniel muttered as he tossed his dismal report card into the trash. Labeled gifted in first grade, Daniel had been in gifted and advanced classes since, and one might assume that he would be a straight A student. In fact, just the opposite was true.
The psychology section of any bookstore, from the online superstores to your favorite neighborhood nook, covers an enormously wide range of topics and interests. You’ve undoubtedly got your own top 10 list of best books in psychology, but if you’re looking to expand your knowledge of the area, see how mine compares with yours.