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Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, more » A method for creating more interactive engagement in large lecture classes by replacing lectures with small group discussions of conceptual questions, followed by whole-class discussions, with… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small ClassReferences coming soon, more »)
Coverage Many topics with less depth - Requires…
Effort Low - (If suitable ConcepTests are…
Resources Multiple choice questions and polling method. A…
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »

PhET Interactive Simulations (PhET Simulations)


Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, more » PhET simulations provide interactive, game-like environments which enable scientist-like exploration, connect to the real world, and include key visual models that experts use by, for example,… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, RecitationReferences coming soon, LabReferences coming soon, Small Class, more »
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources Access to computers either in or outside of class
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »

Teaching with Clickers (personal response systems, PRS, electronic voting systems, classroom response systems)


Level High School, Intro College Calc-based, Astronomy, more » Clickers are electronic devices that allow students to vote on multiple-choice questions and instructors to collect and display the results of voting instantaneously. If used well, clickers can… more »
Setting Large Lecture, (Can be adapted for: Small Class, Recitation, more »)
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources Clickers, Cost for students
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics content, (Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skills, more »)
Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Alg-based, more » Exercises that require students to engage in a comparison reasoning process: students rank variations of a physical situation on the basis of a specified physical quantity and explain their… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, Large Lecture, more »
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources Cost for students
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon
Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, more » Active-learning worksheets designed to be used in large lecture environments. Students make predictions about the outcomes of physics demonstrations using Microcomputer-Based laboratory (MBL)… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small Class, Studio)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources Cost for students - Laboratory…
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »
Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, more » Students work in small groups using structured problem-solving strategy to solve complex context-rich problems that are too difficult for any one student to solve individually.
Setting RecitationReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small Class, Studio)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources Tables for group work
Skills Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »

Physlets (Physics Applets)


Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, more » Small, flexible, educational physics applets designed for use in quizzes, homework problems, and Just in Time Teaching activities. Can be used as part of almost any curriculum with almost any… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, Lab, Homework, Studio, more »
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources Projector in class, Computers in class, more »
Skills Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, more »
Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, more » Students are asked questions, usually online, which both encourage preparation for the class and encourage students to come to class with a "need to know." Instructors use the responses to fine… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small Class, Lab, more »)
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium, High
Resources Computers outside class - Course…
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Think like a scientist, more »
Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, more » Students work in small groups on short realistic scenarios giving them a plausible motivation for solving the problem; more complex than traditional problems, reflecting the real world, and may… more »
Setting RecitationReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small Class, Studio)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources Tables for group work
Skills Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »
Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, more » A project to spread the use of open source code libraries, tools, and compiled simulations for physics and other numerical simulations.  The collection includes curriculum resources that… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, Lab, Homework, Studio, more »
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources Projector in class, Computers in class, more »
Skills Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, more »
Level Any Guided-inquiry worksheets that students work through in small groups, typically in a recitation section.  Instructors circulate through the room and engage with students in Socratic… more »
Setting Recitation, (Can be adapted for: Small Class, Studio)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources TAs/LAs, Tables for group work
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics content, (Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skills, more »)

Tutorials in Introductory Physics (UW Tutorials, Washington Tutorials)


Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, more » A curriculum designed to supplement traditional instruction in introductory calculus-based physics. It consists of guided-inquiry worksheets that students complete in small groups during recitation… more »
Setting RecitationReferences coming soon, Homework, (Can be adapted for: Large Lecture, more »)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources TAs/LAs, Cost for students, Tables for group work
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple ways, more »
Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, more » RealTime Physics is a series of introductory laboratory modules that use computer data acquisition tools (microcomputer-based lab or MBL tools) to help students develop physics concepts and acquire… more »
Setting LabReferences coming soon, Homework, (Can be adapted for: StudioReferences coming soon)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources Computers in class, Lab equipment - professional, more »
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Laboratory skills, more »
Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, more » Laboratory activities that collect and present data graphically in real time, allowing students to get a direct intuitive sense of fundamental physics concepts that cannot be observed… more »
Setting LabReferences coming soon, StudioReferences coming soon, Large Lecture, more »
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources Computers in class, Lab equipment - professional
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple waysReferences coming soon, Laboratory skills, more »
Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, more » A calculus-based introductory physics curriculum designed to completely replace traditional lectures and laboratories with sequenced activities. In a typical two-hour Workshop Physics class… more »
Setting StudioReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small ClassReferences coming soon, LabReferences coming soon)
Coverage Many topics with less depth - The…
Effort Medium
Resources TAs/LAs, Projector in class, Computers in class, more »
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, more »
Level Intro College Calc-based, Intro College Alg-based, more » Short activities that help students apply concepts and address known difficulties; designed so that they cannot be solved using plug and chug.
Setting Large Lecture, Small Class, (Can be adapted for: Recitation, more »)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources Cost for students
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics content

Activity-Based Tutorials, Volume 1: Introductory Physics (Activity-Based Physics, ABP tutorials, AB Tutorials)


Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, more » A set of worksheet-driven small-group learning activities emphasizing the connection between mathematics and physics and using computer-based tools to help in easy data… more »
Setting RecitationReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small Class, Studio)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources TAs/LAs, Computers in class, Lab equipment - professional, more »
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, more »

Diagnoser Tools (Diagnostic Formative Assessment)


Level Teacher PDReferences coming soon, Middle SchoolReferences coming soon, Teacher Prep, High School, more » Diagnoser.com is a set of instruction and assessment tools. It includes learning goals and tools for eliciting students' initial ideas, facets of learners' thinking with respect to learning goals… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Large Lecture, more »)
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort Medium
Resources Computers in class - internet access
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skills, more »)
Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, more » Laboratory activities that use MBL tools to develop both a conceptual understanding and quantitative laboratory skills.  Each guide consists of a series of guided investigations suitable… more »
Setting LabReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Studio)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources Computers in class, Lab equipment - professional, more »
Skills None

SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs)


Level Teacher PrepReferences coming soon, High SchoolReferences coming soon, Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, more » An integrated learning environment in which the space is carefully designed to facilitate interactions between teams of students who work on short, interesting tasks.  Students work in… more »
Setting StudioReferences coming soon
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort High
Resources Studio classroom
Skills Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Reflecting on one's own learningReferences coming soon, Laboratory skillsReferences coming soon, more »

Modeling Instruction (modeling, modeling physics, modeling method)


Level Teacher PDReferences coming soon, High SchoolReferences coming soon, Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, more » Modeling Instruction is a guided-inquiry interactive-engagement method of physics teaching that organizes instruction around building, testing and applying the handful of scientific models that… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, StudioReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Recitation)
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort High - Training and practice (a…
Resources Computers in class, Lab equipment - professional, more »
Skills Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, more »
Level High SchoolReferences coming soon, Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Teacher Prep, more » "Guided construction" labs featuring hands-and-heads-on experiments in introductory mechanics. Designed to promote students' mental construction of concepts through (1) conceptual conflict, (2)… more »
Setting LabReferences coming soon, Studio, (Can be adapted for: Small Class)
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort High
Resources TAs/LAs, Lab equipment - professional, more »
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Enjoyment of physics, more »

Open Source Tutorials (OST, OST Tutorials)


Level Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: High School, more ») Guided-inquiry worksheets for use in small groups in introductory physics courses. These tutorials emphasize refining students' productive intuitions and developing metacognitive thinking.… more »
Setting RecitationReferences coming soon, Homework, (Can be adapted for: LabReferences coming soon, more »)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources TAs/LAs
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, more »
Level Teacher PrepReferences coming soon, Teacher PDReferences coming soon, Intro College Conceptual A laboratory-based guided-inquiry curriculum that helps future and current teachers develop deep understanding of physics content and scientific reasoning skills. Through in-depth study of simple… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, StudioReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Recitation, more »)
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort High
Resources Cost for students, Tables for group work
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Think like a scientist, more »

Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET, Guided Inquiry)


Level Teacher PrepReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Teacher PD, more ») PET is a one semester, guided-inquiry physics course that incorporates extensive small group and whole class discussion and laboratory work to help students develop a deep conceptual understanding… more »
Setting StudioReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small ClassReferences coming soon, Lab)
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort Medium
Resources Computers in class, Computers outside class, more »
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, Reflecting on one's own learningReferences coming soon, more »
Level Teacher PrepReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Teacher PD) PSET is a one semester, guided-inquiry physical science course that incorporates extensive small group and whole class discussion and Laboratory work to help students develop a deep conceptual… more »
Setting StudioReferences coming soon, Small Class, (Can be adapted for: Lab)
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort Medium
Resources Projector in class, Computers in class, Cost for students, more »
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Reflecting on one's own learningReferences coming soon, more »

Learning Physical Science (LEPS, Large enrollment guided inquiry)


Level Teacher PrepReferences coming soon, Intro College ConceptualReferences coming soon LEPS is a guided-inquiry, conceptual physical science course intended for teaching in a lecture-style environment (e.g. large enrollment classes). The focus is on helping students develop a deep… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small ClassReferences coming soon)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources Clickers, Projector in class, Computers outside class, more »
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Understanding how physics relates to the real world)

CAE Think/Pair/Share (peer instruction)


Level AstronomyReferences coming soon, Intro College Conceptual, more » Engage students in large lecture classes by asking them cognitively engaging multiple-choice questions that challenge student thinking and foster deep discussion.  Students vote with… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small ClassReferences coming soon, Studio)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources None
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple ways, more »
Level AstronomyReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Intro College Conceptual) Socratic-dialogue driven, highly-structured collaborative learning activities designed to: a) elicit students' misconceptions, b) confront their nave, incomplete, or inaccurate ideas, c) resolve… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small ClassReferences coming soon, more »)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources Cost for students
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »
Level AstronomyReferences coming soon, Intro College Conceptual Conceptual exercises that present learners with a series of pictures or diagrams that describe several slightly different variations of a basic physical situation. Students are then asked to make a… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, Small ClassReferences coming soon, more »
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources None
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »

Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE, Active Learning Guide)


Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, more » Comprehensive learning system for introductory Physics that engages students in experiences that mirror experiences of practicing scientists.
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, Small ClassReferences coming soon, RecitationReferences coming soon, LabReferences coming soon, more »
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources Projector in class, Lab equipment - professional, more »
Skills Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, Laboratory skillsReferences coming soon, more »
Level Teacher PrepReferences coming soon, Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, AstronomyReferences coming soon, more » A program to recruit talented undergraduate science majors to become K-12 science teachers and to improve undergraduate education by implementing large-scale teaching reform.  Learning… more »
Setting RecitationReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Large LectureReferences coming soon, more »)
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources TAs/LAs - reformed curriculum materials
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, Reflecting on one's own learning, more »
Level Intro College Calc-based, Intro College Alg-based, more » A collection of homework problems, clicker questions, and exam questions, created for teachers and education researchers by the University of Maryland's Physics Education Research… more »
Setting Large Lecture, Small Class, Recitation, Homework, Studio, more »
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort None
Resources None
Skills Problem-solving skills, Conceptual understanding of physics content, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »
Level Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Teacher PD, more ») Carefully structured sequences of multiple-choice questions designed for use with classroom communication systems such as flash cards and clickers. Questions emphasize qualitative reasoning and… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small Class, more »)
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort Medium
Resources Flash cards
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Representing knowledge in multiple waysReferences coming soon, more »

Minds-On Physics (MOP, MOP UMass Amherst)


Level High SchoolReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Teacher Prep, more ») Minds-On Physics is an activity-based curriculum for high school physics, helping students to explore basic concepts; hone and link concepts; develop analysis and reasoning skills; learn to apply… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Large Lecture, more »)
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort Medium
Resources Lab equipment - simple, Tables for group work
Skills Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, more »
Level High SchoolReferences coming soon, Middle School, more » PUM is a physics/physical science curriculum that strongly links middle and high school physics curricula and builds on the intrinsic mathematical reasoning to develop and strengthen students'… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, Recitation, Lab, Homework
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort High
Resources Projector in class, Computers in class, more »
Skills Problem-solving skills, Conceptual understanding of physics content, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »

New Model Course in Applied Quantum Physics (Activity-Based Physics Tutorials, Vol. 2)


Level Intermediate UndergraduateReferences coming soon, more » Resources for teaching introductory quantum mechanics and modern physics with an emphasis on concepts and applications.  Includes tutorials, suggested software, homework, exam questions,… more »
Setting Small Class, Recitation, Homework, more »
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources None
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics content, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »
Level Pretty much anything, especially (but not only) for larger class sizes.
A pedagogy for using clickers to accomplish highly interactive, student-centered science instruction, focusing on using provocative, meaty questions to engage students in extended whole-class… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small ClassReferences coming soon, more »)
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources Clickers, Projector in class
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, more »
Level Intermediate UndergraduateReferences coming soon, more » Curriculum for a large-lecture modern physics course for engineering majors, with an emphasis on reasoning development, model building, and connections to real world applications. Includes lecture… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, HomeworkReferences coming soon, more »
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources Projector in class, Computers outside class
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Understanding how physics relates to the real worldReferences coming soon, Problem-solving skills, more »
Level Intro College Calc-basedReferences coming soon, Teacher PD A modern calculus-based introductory curriculum with a radical change in content and emphasis , focusing on the power of fundamental principles and guiding students through the process of starting… more »
Setting Large Lecture, Small Class, (Can be adapted for: Studio)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources TAs/LAs, Projector in class, Computers outside class, more »
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Coherent framework for physics, Think like a scientist, more »

Paradigms in Physics (PP, Paradigms)


Level Intermediate Undergraduate, Advanced Undergraduate A restructuring of the upper division physics program, replacing standard courses on subfields of physics with short courses on the basic principles that broadly underlie these subfields: energy,… more »
Setting Small Class, Recitation, Lab, Homework, more »
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort High
Resources None
Skills Problem-solving skills, Conceptual understanding of physics content, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »
Level Advanced UndergraduateReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: GraduateReferences coming soon, more ») A collection of approximately 500 research-based concept-tests (clicker questions) for a full semester upper-level undergraduate quantum mechanics. Also includes reflective questions (conceptual… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, Large Lecture, Recitation, Studio
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources Projector in class
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physics, more »

CPU Computer Simulators (CPU, Constructing Physics Understanding)


Level Teacher PrepReferences coming soon, Teacher PDReferences coming soon, High SchoolReferences coming soon, more » A suite of 24 computer simulators available online covering many areas of physics and physical science. Each simulator allows one to create many different situations to explore phenomena, conduct… more »
Setting StudioReferences coming soon, Large Lecture, Small Class, Recitation, Lab, more »
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort Low
Resources Projector in class, Computers in class, more »
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »
Level Advanced UndergraduateReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: GraduateReferences coming soon, more ») Guided-inquiry worksheets to help students develop a good understanding of upper-level quantum mechanics, including contemporary topics such as quantum entanglement. They emphasize connecting… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, Recitation, more »
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort Medium
Resources None
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, more »
Level Intro College ConceptualReferences coming soon The Explorations in Physics Project is a major effort to increase the effectiveness of science education for future elementary school teachers, parents, and citizens by developing a sequence of… more »
Setting StudioReferences coming soon
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort Medium
Resources TAs/LAs, Computers in class, Lab equipment - professional, more »
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, Coherent framework for physics, Laboratory skills, more »
Level Middle School, (Can be adapted for: Teacher PrepReferences coming soon, more ») Responsive teaching refers to practices of attending and responding to the substance of students' thinking. The instructor's next move decisions during class are based mainly on the students' ideas… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Recitation, Lab, Studio)
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort High
Resources Lab equipment - simple
Skills CreativityReferences coming soon, AutonomyReferences coming soon, Think like a scientist, Self-confidence around physics, (Can be adapted for: Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, more »)

PRISMS PLUS (PRISMS, Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students PLUS)


Level High SchoolReferences coming soon, Teacher PD, more » Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students (PRISMS) PLUS is a high school physics curriculum and professional development program that utilizes a learning cycle… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, StudioReferences coming soon, more »
Coverage Few topics with great depth - Teachers…
Effort Medium
Resources Computers in class, Lab equipment - professional, more »
Skills Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understandingReferences coming soon, more »
Level Intro College ConceptualReferences coming soon, more » A set of tutorials for a course introducing non-science majors to the basic ideas of quantum mechanics using minimal mathematics. Moving from wave physics through energy and probability to a… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, LabReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small Class, more »)
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort High
Resources TAs/LAs, Lab equipment - professional, more »
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Coherent framework for physicsReferences coming soon, Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, more »
Level Intermediate UndergraduateReferences coming soon, Advanced UndergraduateReferences coming soon, more » Guided-inquiry worksheet activities (tutorials) designed to help students develop a better understanding of upper-division thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon, RecitationReferences coming soon
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources None
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, more »
Level Advanced Undergraduate, more » Small-group learning materials for teaching intermediate mechanics. The physics is Newtonian with very little Lagrangian formalism. Materials are a mix of conceptual, mathematical, and problem… more »
Setting Small Class, Recitation, (Can be adapted for: Homework, more »)
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Effort Medium
Resources None
Skills None
Level Advanced UndergraduateReferences coming soon, more » These materials are supplements to traditionally taught upper-division E&M I. They include explicit learning goals, interactive lectures, transformed homework problems, common student difficulties,… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, Small ClassReferences coming soon, Recitation, Homework
Coverage Many topics with less depth - Tradition…
Effort Medium
Resources TAs/LAs, Clickers, Projector in class
Skills Problem-solving skillsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, Think like a scientist, more »
Level Advanced UndergraduateReferences coming soon, more » These materials are supplements to traditionally taught upper-division Quantum I. They include explicit learning goals, interactive lectures, transformed homework problems, common student… more »
Setting Large LectureReferences coming soon, Small ClassReferences coming soon, Recitation, Homework
Coverage Many topics with less depth - Tradition…
Effort Medium
Resources TAs/LAs, Clickers, Projector in class
Skills Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, Problem-solving skills, Coherent framework for physics, more »
Level Intro College Alg-basedReferences coming soon, more » Design labs in which students learn how to produce, analyze, and evaluate scientific evidence. Each lab consists of a simple question for students to answer experimentally. There is no lab manual… more »
Setting LabReferences coming soon
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Effort High
Resources Lab equipment - professional, Tables for group work
Skills Reflecting on one's own learningReferences coming soon, Laboratory skillsReferences coming soon, Designing experimentsReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics content, more »
Level Teacher PDReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Teacher Prep, more ») A professional development program for K-12 teachers on the learning of energy with two main goals: (1) to help teachers learn about energy, and (2) to help teachers to experience science as an… more »
Setting Small ClassReferences coming soon
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort High
Resources Tables for group work
Skills Representing knowledge in multiple waysReferences coming soon, Conceptual understanding of physics content, Coherent framework for physics, Autonomy, more »
Level Teacher PrepReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: High School, more ») A curriculum for pre-service teachers that engages students in crafting and investigating their own scientific questions in topics that span the scientific disciplines. The course is modeled on a… more »
Setting LabReferences coming soon, (Can be adapted for: Small Class, Studio)
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Effort High
Resources Lab equipment - professional
Skills Understanding how physics relates to the real worldReferences coming soon, Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, Designing experimentsReferences coming soon, more »