Current Projects

CRISTAL (Chemistry Resources & Instructional Strategies for Teaching All Learners) is a high school chemistry resource manual developed at Price Laboratory School by a group of Iowa's top chemistry teachers. The manual contains over 100 activities/labs and employs the learning cycle teaching strategy. Validity studies were conducted showing that the students in CRISTAL classrooms had greater gains in content and process skills than did students in more traditional...

You will be provided with a refresher in robotics control and decision making as well as more advanced training in programming, especially the use of sensor data. Programming with loops, conditional statements, and advantages of several timing options will be among the skills developed. Students will work in small teams to build robots that will solve challenges based on the First LEGO League expectations. Ben Shaefer,...

UNI and AEA 267 have merged all of their elementary and middle school science kits, and acquired more, into one location. K-9 science teachers may reserve kits for use through out the school year. UNI handles all of the check out, check in and kit refurbishment processing. Previous years this support was offered separately by AEA 267 at Clear Lake and UNI and was free. This year a small fee has been instituted to cover kit refurbishment costs. Special...

Elementary teachers struggle with the question of how to meet the diverse needs of all the students in the general education classroom. Co-teaching with the special education teacher can provide some of these answers. Two teachers working together can provide differentiation of instruction through flexible grouping, sharing of resources, and planning for the big ideas. Assignments can be accommodated and alternative tests written to meet the individual needs...

The UNI Physics Department is home to a highly successful Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students (PRISMS) program – a high school physics curriculum and professional development that utilizes a learning cycle pedagogy (http://www.prisms.uni.edu/).  The PRISMS curriculum and learning cycle pedagogy have been used extensively in teacher preparation and professional development.  PRISMS originated here in 1982...