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We believe that physics teaching is a wonderful thing, but are aware not everyone agrees. In the UK more and more non-specialists are getting the opportunity (welcome or otherwise) to shine a light on peoples misconceptions about the World around them.We started this podcast to provide useful information about how some of the best physics teachers we know teach the subject. Nearly always the answer will be ‘do some practical work’, which we know is essential to grounding understanding as well as being fun to do and making lessons easier to manage.

The Physics Teaching Podcast Thomas W-P and robin Griffiths

    • Education
    • 4.9, 12 Ratings

We believe that physics teaching is a wonderful thing, but are aware not everyone agrees. In the UK more and more non-specialists are getting the opportunity (welcome or otherwise) to shine a light on peoples misconceptions about the World around them.We started this podcast to provide useful information about how some of the best physics teachers we know teach the subject. Nearly always the answer will be ‘do some practical work’, which we know is essential to grounding understanding as well as being fun to do and making lessons easier to manage.

    Become a YouTuber

    Become a YouTuber

    Rachel tells us what she's learned about getting yourself online. Empowering stuff and some great advice from Rachel about how to make a resource that will be of lasting value in your classroom.

    • 32 min
    The Doctor Will Teach You Now

    The Doctor Will Teach You Now

    Jo is a career-changer from a medical background who kindly agreed to join us to chat about her experience of teaching physics.

    • 33 min
    Uncertainties

    Uncertainties

    Friend of the podcast Dave Farmer returns to talk about a subject to strike fear into any physics teacher's heart: uncertainty! We peel away some layers of complexity to reveal... more layers of complexity! Having worked with a lot of exam boards' A-level specs over the last few years, Dave recommends reading the mark schemes and looking for examples of what your particular exam board recommends. Whether we are talking scale resolution, combining uncertainties or ascertaining the gradient of a graph with error bars, we couldn't agree on any of them. But don't despair, there's a lot of uncertainty about uncertainty, so just work out what your exam board require and after that, let your students develop their ideas.

    We also emphasise that all of these methods are estimations and approximations: rigorous statistical consideration of uncertainty is a scientific career in itself, so inevitably A-level is just going to scratch the surface.

    Finally we celebrate a physics teaching hero: take a bow Dr Peter Edmunds the Science Doctor who has shared an immense catalogue of resource for physics at all stages. Stuck for some resources? You'll find something on Peter's excellent site - link below. Why not fill your boots and then buy Pete a coffee?

    • 35 min
    A Gimmicky Demo Fan

    A Gimmicky Demo Fan

    Wall-to-wall gimmicky demos on this week's podcast as we welcome John Hudson. Although we call them gimmicky, nothing could be farther from the truth: John introduces us to some great experiments and demos that are crammed full of physics to inspire and talk about.

    • 24 min
    Bits and Bobs

    Bits and Bobs

    What can we usefully get students doing at home to explore their physics and what (cheap) kit might we be able to provide them with come September?

    • 23 min
    KEEP Teaching

    KEEP Teaching

    We are delighted to talk to Mark Whalley, IOP Education Manager, former headteacher, and of course, a physics teacher. Robin caught up with him to chat about KEEP Teaching, a project funded by the EEF, run by the IOP, and evaluated by UCL that is looking to find out what will keep early-career physics teachers in the classroom.

    • 37 min

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Top notch podcast

Everyone teaching Physics, either as a specialist or as a non-specialist should be listening to this podcast. I wish there had been something like it back in the mid-90s when I was training.

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