June 10, 2023
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Chat Physics Live 2021 Day 1 – Pedagogy

Welcome to day 1 of ChatPhysics Live 2021!

Pedagogy is our focus in these videos.

How can we take misconceptions into account when teaching physics? What is cognitive science and how can we use it? Should we be teaching the theory of knowledge? Could we be applying more inquiry tasks and hinterland to contextualise our lessons?

Misconceptions: we don’t know what we don’t know – by Carole Kenrick (@HelpfulScience)

Carole is a highly experienced physics specialist science teacher in both primary and secondary, and has a decade’s experience training teachers, including for the IOP, Ogden Trust, Teach First and STEM Learning. She is particularly passionate about evidence-informed pedagogy, developing students’ identification with physics, and building partnerships between schools.

Carole’s talk is on “Misconceptions”, and how we don’t know what we don’t know

Continue the discussion with Carole on Twitter:

What does it mean to implement cognitive science into your physics teaching? – by Adam Robbins (@mrarobbins)

Adam Robbins is a Head of Science in a large coastal comprehensive. He is also the managing editor of CogSciSci, a grassroots organisation aiming to bring cognitive science to science educators. In his spare time he writes about educational issues and school middle leadership on his blog and for Oxford University Press

Adam’s talk is on “What does it mean to implement cognitive science into your physics teaching?”. It is an introduction to cognitive science for physics teachers.

Continue the discussion with Adam on Twitter:

Theory of Knowledge in the Physics Classroom – by David Fairweather (@fairweatherd)

A physics teacher and Head of Theory of Knowledge at Aiglon College, an international boarding school in Switzerland. Currently teaching the International Baccalaureate, and formerly teaching A-level in the UK. A particular focus is on raising participation and engagement in post-16 Physics.

David’s talk is on the “Theory of Knowledge in the Physics Classroom”. This is a talk aimed primarily at physics teachers in the International Baccalaureate (IB) system, but elements of it are applicable to A-level and AP teachers. This talk looks at some cases of how you can use examples from the physics course to extract some bigger questions about knowledge and how that relates to the IB TOK course.

Continue the discussion with David on Twitter:

Embedding hinterland into the physics curriculum – by Miss T Banda (@STEMyBanda)

Faculty Lead for Science at a school in Surrey. Formerly Head of Stem. UN SDG ambassador. EPQ Lead. Passionate about improving physics and STEM perceptions and access for students and applying research based teaching practices to own practice. Avid robotics and Lego fan . Baking and crafts (random DIY projects ) as hobbies.

Miss T Banda’s talk is on “Embedding hinterland into the physics curriculum”, with examples of how to embed hinterland into the curriculum, some WWW and EBI as well as things to consider for departments.

Continue the discussion with Miss T Banda on Twitter:

The Use of Inquiry Based Learning in A Level Physics Teaching – by Charlotte Jenner (@MissCJenner)

My BSc was in Physics with astrophysics and then I went on to complete a masters in theoretical and computational astrophysics. I have also done astrobiological and dark matter research as part of my masters. I then trained as a teacher and work in an all boys school in Kent teaching mainly A-level physics.

Charlotte’s talk is on “The Use of Inquiry Based Learning in A Level Physics Teaching”. It is about using inquiry based learning to enhance content and skills learning in A Level Physics. Charlotte look at what inquiry based learning is, why she first started using it after exam analysis and then some examples of how she uses it in class to enhance the learning of content, problem solving skills and practical skills. Since implementing inquiry based learning in her own A level lessons, Charlotte has seen a good improvement in various different skill sets of her pupils and she is keen to share this with other members of the physics community. The talk is mainly aimed at A level teachers but is also suitable for GCSE with some adaptation.

Continue the discussion with Charlotte on Twitter:

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