June 10, 2023
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Chat Physics Live 2021 Day 2 – Inclusion and Reflection

Welcome to day 2 of ChatPhysics Live 2021!

Today’s focus on Inclusion and Reflection gets us thinking about the latest research and how we can use it to break down barriers to underrepresented groups, as well as how best to support Biology and Chemistry specialists in the teaching of Physics.

What does the latest research say? Does my classroom represent the diversity in our school? Can sequencing help other teachers to deliver Physics content?

Girls in Physics: Learning from research and practical application for the classroom – by Emma Russo (@EmmaMayLondon)

Emma Russo is a Physics Teacher, Director of STEM and Assistant Head Teacher at South Hampstead High School, GDST. She was one of the top 50 global teachers shortlisted for the Varkey Foundation Prize 2019 for her work championing girls in STEM. In 2020 she was awarded the Daphne Jackson Medal by the Institute of Physics. Emma’s strong track record and enthusiasm aims to inspire others to challenge stereotypes: her work has global reach, having presented at the Global Skills & Education Forum in Dubai and WomenEd UK. She also worked with teachers in Saudi Arabia and Sweden. She was also listed in 2019 in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 as one of London’s most influential people in education

Emma’s talk is on “Girls in Physics: Learning from research and practical application for the classroom”. In this talk, Emma outlines some of the challenges faced by girls in their continued study of Physics and she goes through some of the ideas suggested by educational research and work conducted by the Institute of Physics. These suggestions are summarised to help you quickly implement actions in your classroom.

Continue the discussion with Emma on Twitter:

Diversity in Physics – increasing underrepresented groups – by Genevieve Bent (@vievewright)

Genevieve is an Associate Assistant Principal leading Science & Sixth Form. She has been a Head of Science for 4 years, and is a Chemistry specialist but Physics enthusiast! Genevieve is particularly interested in STEM and Diversity and Equity within STEM (and generally), and is the founder of YGASTEM

Genevieve’s talk is on “Diversity in Physics – increasing underrepresented groups”

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5 Ideas from Physics Education Research to Change Your Classroom – by James de Winter

James is nice to physics teachers for a living. This is usually done when running the PGCE physics course at Cambridge or working for the Ogden Trust. His research interests includes trying to find out what the perfect physics teacher is and how we can fine, educate and support them.

James’ talk is on “5 Ideas from Physics Education Research to Change Your Classroom”. It is designed for specialist and non-specialist teachers. James provides a super quick overview of 5 pieces of research, resources and approaches influenced by Physics Education research that you can (hopefully) apply to your teaching.

You can contact James on his email address: jad26 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk

Physics Curriculum and Sequencing – Year 7 and Beyond – by Kieran O’Callaghan (@mrkocallaghan)

Kieran is an Assistant Head of Science and Physics Lead in Wigan, North West. He is a committee member of the Science in Practice network.

Kieran’s talk is on “Physics Curriculum and Sequencing – Year 7 and Beyond”. He looks at Physics curriculum design through the eyes of a non-specialist. How can we make use of Y7 topics to introduce fundamental concepts to build upon in later years.

Continue the discussion with Kieran on Twitter:

Teaching Physics as a Non-Specialist – by Alison Middleton (@MrsMLovesSci)

Alison is a Head of science in the North West of England. She has a degree in Molecular Biology and started out as a biology teacher before she saw the light and decided that physics was the way forward. Alison loves trying to inspire the next generation of scientists both in the classroom and out.

Alison’s talk is on “Teaching Physics as a Non-Specialist”. She provides some hints and tips to help non-specialists teaching Physics.

Continue the discussion with Alison on Twitter:

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