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The Physics Teaching Podcast
by Thomas W-P and Robin Griffiths
2w ago
We all get in to teaching for the gratitude. Oh yes. Happy students bounding to your door thanking you for your teaching; parents clogging the school switchboard begging to speak to you so they can effuse about the long evenings spent marking an planning; politicians, officials and regulators all falling over themselves to… oh, you get the idea: people don’t say thank you that often. He doesn’t like to mention it So we are celebrating this month: our very own Thomas WP receiving one of the IOP’s Teacher Awards. This is so well-deserved. Thomas is a passionate physics teacher who believes deepl ..read more
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New to A-Level
The Physics Teaching Podcast
by Thomas W-P and Robin Griffiths
1M ago
Ruth Cheesman returns to talk about her first few weeks of A-Level teaching. Below you can find Thomas’ PowerPoint that explains how to do the mass of a 1m ruler. Mass-of-a-1m-ruler.pptxDownload Join in! Please share ideas or successes – or indeed questions – on our Facebook Page: https://fb.me/physicstp .  You can also message us via our website contact form at the.physicsteachingpodcast.com, Twitter @physicstp, email using  the address given in the podcast (if we remember), you could even email us an autio file if you are feeling really keen. Music Season ..read more
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Ways to teach... The Start of A-Level Physics (16+)
The Physics Teaching Podcast
by Thomas W-P and Robin Griffiths
3M ago
Thomas and Robin return after an extended break, inspired by a Tweet from Ruth Cheesman, who joins us to ask for tips to get started with her A-level class this week (good luck Ruth!). We also welcome Sarah Dowd to help answer Ruth’s query, Sarah teaches at UNIS in New York and joins to share her practice in the first of two upcoming appearances (she’ll be back in a few weeks to talk ChatPhysics!) Thanks to all the contributors via Twitter who came up with some great tips which we’ve summarised below (although you really should listen because Sarah and Ruth are great). Assume they forgot – yea ..read more
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Ways to Teach... Space
The Physics Teaching Podcast
by Thomas W-P and Robin Griffiths
10M ago
Space is a challenging subject to teach, so a good subject for the first “Ways to Teach…” of this academic year.  Thomas and Robin start with a look at some physics in the news. The proton is smaller than we thought!  About 5% smaller which will make it even harder to find one if you lose it, but let’s not be negative…  In other news, a new wonder-polymer promises transparency, strength and lightness all in one. Will it be as successful as graphene (which Robin made the mistake of questioning in front of an engineer).  And so to space. If there’s one message (and thanks to ..read more
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Girls in to Physics II
The Physics Teaching Podcast
by Thomas W-P and Robin Griffiths
11M ago
Thomas and Robin return after an extended break to talk A-level expectations, girls in physics and strategies for inclusion.  Thomas and Robin start with a chat about how to identify early on whether students are likely to succeed in A-level physics. We identify a number of strategies and challenges here…  Whilst many students might choose physics as an A-level that they study for interest alone, most are looking to also achieve a grade that will allow them to progress. If a student is unlikely to achieve much better than a C it is only fair to have the conversation about what doors ..read more
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Big Classes, Small Classes and Thank Yous
The Physics Teaching Podcast
by Thomas W-P and Robin Griffiths
1y ago
Thomas and Robin return for season 4, inexplicably without any awards for podcasting gold, but there are bigger mysteries in the world.  Not least, how does Thomas survive his DIY attempts? We start talking about BIG classes at A-level, and ways to get around a lack of equipment, but also address the other end of the size scale thanks to a question from “Thomas Young” (not that one) who has a rolled-together year 12/13 group of 3 students. Thomas and Robin make various logistic suggestions, but if you have any experience of this we’d love to hear from you: contact us below… We talk practi ..read more
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Season 3 Finale!
The Physics Teaching Podcast
by Thomas W-P and Robin Griffiths
1y ago
Well, we made it. What. A. Year. Robin and Thomas hook up with Patrick Kaplo to hear about how he has been getting on in the North Eastern USA and, as usual, get somewhat distracted. Thomas nobly tries to steer the whimsical chat towards physics teaching with limited success. Patrick had to cancel his extraordinary trebuchet competition because of the pandemic (see video below) and has also been suffering under incredible heat. This leads to him crushing another of Thomas’ stereotypes about the USA and for Thomas to explain how he used his Physics teaching knowledge to save some money by inves ..read more
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We Love the Vernier Scale
The Physics Teaching Podcast
by Thomas W-P and Robin Griffiths
1y ago
Thomas has received a shiny new Travelling Microscope with a 0.01 mm precision vernier scale. There is only one thing he wants to talk about. First Thomas talks briefly avbout his 205 mile (329km) ride for Education Support (the only UK charity dedicated to the mental health and wellbeing of education staff in schools, colleges and universities). He’s raised over £1,300 so far, and the donation page is still open. We then thank Tim Browett for getting in touch. Tim is going to be our guest for Ways to teach… Space, so if you have any ideas please share them with us in the usual ways (@physicst ..read more
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(Why) We Love Physics (Teaching)
The Physics Teaching Podcast
by Thomas W-P and Robin Griffiths
1y ago
100 not out! Thomas and Robin salute the balcony with a good old-fashioned ramble about what excites them about physics teaching, making the subject live if you’re not a specialist and the challenges of teaching science in a ‘post-truth’ world. Thomas — Robin We go round ALL the houses, and talk about where our love from physics comes from, but we’ve distilled out the most eclectic links list we have ever produced! Here it is… Links 13 Minutes to the Moon NASA – the Apollo Programme The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Quantum Tunnelling Behind the Curve – Netflix Flat Earth document ..read more
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Bad Movies for Good Lessons
The Physics Teaching Podcast
by Thomas W-P and Robin Griffiths
1y ago
We talk through bad movies to support good Physics Teaching. the aim is to talk through ones people suggest that are actually usable in lessons. As usual we get excited and make a few mistakes. Thomas is pretty sure that aeroplanes are made of aluminium, not steel and there were a few mentioned (Ant Man, Hulk) that we forgot to cover. Links are below. Sorry for the brief notes. Like you, we have a billion papers to mark for the TAGs/CAGs. Links Phineas and Ferb and the Magnet Mr Incredible and his tree Superman catches Lois Superman catches plane Iron Man and all the landings Mutating Neutrin ..read more
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