(Why) We Love Physics (Teaching)
100 official episodes! Who would have expected it? We hook up on a beautiful day in Essex to talk about why we love Physics and go off on a series of tangents.
Bad Movies for Good Lessons
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.
Thomas and Robin are joined by Paul Cook, senior lead technician at Ark Burlington Danes Academy and lead technician for the Ark Academy network. Paul gives us his top tips on how to get the most out of your relationship with your technician.
The Joy of Simple Things (Colour and Light)
A short chat about the joy of teaching classic ideas with simple props like light boxes, mirrors and lenses. Now we’d better get back to that CAG marking. Links Colour and Colour Filters (YouTube – Physics Online) Feynman and a mirror (YouTube) Sorry, at the time of publishing we can’t find a link for the […]
TAG, Mass and Weight
Thomas and Robin discuss a few strategies you might use to help you assess your exam groups in physics, as well as grappling with pervasive mass-weight confusion.
Playing with Beats
Thomas was interested in how the brain makes its own beat, and put together this little sound test. You’ll need headphones to appreciate it properly, but it is interesting to listen to on speakers as well.
Ways to teach… Sound (ish)
Loosely focused on KS3 (but when have we ever stuck to the brief), this episode looks at ways to teach sound with David Cotton, the most enthusiastic proponent of the topic.
GCSE Long Answers and MyMarkingMachine.com
We are delighted to be joined by Mark Robinson (@mark_robo) who has had some deep thoughts about how to write and mark questions. So much so that he has taught a computer to do it for him and you can use it too!
Covid Legacies: helping trainee teachers
We are delighted to be joined by the inspirational David Cotton to talk about supporting trainees who have missed out so much during the pandemic.
Thomas and Robin are joined by Patrick Kaplo from Wyndham, New Hampshire to follow up on a question he asked way back at the beginning of the Covid crisis, namely “How will this change our practice?”