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Top 10 Psychology Lessons

1. Eric Thomas: How Bad Do You Want It?: This is just a simply amazing motivational speech for people of all ages. It is great to use at the start of the year before completing the bucket list activity!
2. Psychology Day #1: Dead Poet’s Society and a Bucket List! A great start of the year activity. It allows a teacher to learn a little about each student. Students share hobbies, extra-curricular activities, dreams, and goals. The bucket list can be checked in periodically to see if any of the list can be crossed off. Teachers can create one to share too!
3. 25 Activities for Teachers to Use with The Last Lecture: This is a great book with so many lessons, activities, and class discussion topics. There are endless possibilities!

4. What I Have Learned: This is great for class discussions. Each year I learn something new from the students. There are many common experiences, but students are amazing and have some great lessons to share. It is a great way to learn about the backgrounds of the students at the start of the year.

5. Kenny Chesney “I Go Back”: Psychology, Songs, & Memories: A very personal assignment that students really enjoy. The students are very focused and produce amazing final products.

6. Classical Conditioning Hopping Activity: A great activity that involves the entire class. It is also awesome because the results are not perfect!

7. Psychology Pre-Test: A great activity to complete on the 1st day or during the 1st week.
Below is our current list of Psychology Lessons! Click here for updated lessons!
Introduction to High School Psychology Lessons (4)

  1. Psychology Pre-Test
  2. Psychology Day #1: Dead Poet’s Society and a Bucket List!
  3. Write it Forward: Letter of Appreciation
  4. Create a Psychology Class “Hall of Fame”

Learning (13)

  1. What I Have Learned
  2. Psychology Lesson: Classical Conditioning Hopping Activity
  3. Psychology: Video Clips for Teaching Classical Conditioning
  4. The Office and Classical Conditioning
  5. Pavlov’s Dog & Classical Conditioning: Great Video Clip
  6. Little Albert Experiment & Classical Conditioning
  7. Guest Blog: Teaching Classical Conditioning to High School Students
  8. Psychology Lesson: Personal Learning Experiences
  9. Unique Psychology Lesson: Learning How to Catch Quarters
  10. Psychology Lesson: Learned Helplessness
  11. Classical Conditioning Quiz
  12. Harvard Experiment: You are the Best
  13. 3 Factors That Affect Learning

The Brain (2)

  1. Severed Corpus Callosum Videos
  2. Phineas Gage: GREAT CLIP

Memory (10)

  1. Psychology Lesson: Short-Term Memory Test
  2. Psychology Lesson: Short-Term Memory & Telephone Sentences
  3. Psychology Lessons: “Memories of….”
  4. Psychology Lesson: Memory Bank
  5. Kenny Chesney “I Go Back”: Psychology, Songs, & Memories
  6. Selective Attention: 2 Great Awareness Tests
  7. Psychology Lesson: Chunking in Short-Term Memory
  8. Psychology Interactive: PsychInquiry Chunking in Short-Term Memory
  9. Psychology Interactive: PsychInquiry Implicit Memory
  10. Psychology Interactive: The Tip-of-the-Tongue Experience

Thought (3)

  1. Psychology Lesson: A Thinking Quiz
  2. Psychology Lesson: Get U2 on Stage!
  3. Psychology Lesson: Thought “If…..”

Motivation and Emotion (9)

  1. Eric Thomas: How Bad Do You Want It?
  2. Mr. B: A Truly Amazing Teacher
  3. Psychology Lesson: Write it Forward
  4. Psychology Lesson: Great Feedback from Just 1 Letter!
  5. Write it Forward! Great Feedback from Strangers
  6. Excellent End of the Year Lesson: Too Busy for a Friend
  7. Michael Jordan: NBA Hall of Fame Speech
  8. Motivation and 3 Ounces (by Ron White)
  9. Too Busy for a Friend (Great End of the Year Activity)

Sensation and Perception (3)

  1. Is Spelling REALLY important? Read this!
  2. The Phaonmneal Pweor of the Hmuan Mnid
  3. Perception Stories

Great Motivational Speeches (7)

  1. Dennis Lehane: It’s About Honor
  2. Michael Jordan: NBA Hall of Fame Speech
  3. Abraham Lincoln: “I Do the Best I Know How”
  4. Eric Thomas: How Bad Do You Want It?
  5. Amazing Motivational Speech: “Give Me ALL You’ve Got!”
  6. Jimmy V Speech: 1993 Jim Valvano ESPY Speech
  7. The Jimmy V Speech: Great Classroom Activities

Great Books for Psychology (3)

  1. The Last Lecture is a Great Teaching Tool!
  2. 25 Activities for Teachers to Use with The Last Lecture
  3. A Great Teaching Resource: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Great DVDs for Psychology (3)

  1. Oprah’s 20th Anniversary DVD: A Great Psychology Resource
  2. Psychology DVD: A Child’s Brain: From Syllable to Sound
  3. Pay It Forward: A Great DVD for Teens