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A podcast for Teachers of Physics, made by Physics Teachers

A podcast for Teachers of Physics, made by Physics Teachers

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United Kingdom

Description:

A podcast for Teachers of Physics, made by Physics Teachers

Twitter:

@physicstp

Language:

English


Episodes

Ways to Teach... Space

2/17/2022
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...

Duration:00:45:13

Girls in to Physics II

1/13/2022
Thomas and Robin return after an extended break to talk A-level expectations, girls in physics and strategies for inclusion.

Duration:00:34:10

Big Classes, Small Classes and Thank Yous

9/23/2021
New year, new groups and tips to get underway. All this and an interview with the force of nature that is Professor Averil MacDonald. It can only be a brand new season of TPTP.

Duration:00:42:43

Season 3 Finale!

7/15/2021
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...

Duration:00:44:41

We Love the Vernier Scale

7/5/2021
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...

Duration:00:25:14

(Why) We Love Physics (Teaching)

6/17/2021
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.

Duration:00:43:53

Bad Movies for Good Lessons

5/24/2021
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.

Duration:00:46:28

Techognition

5/6/2021
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.

Duration:00:32:09

The Joy of Simple Things (Colour and Light)

4/29/2021
A short chat about teaching light with simple tools like light boxes (shoe boxes with a colour filter), lenses and mirrors.

Duration:00:25:30

TAG, Mass and Weight

4/22/2021
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.

Duration:00:33:06

Playing with Beats

3/28/2021
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.

Duration:00:01:57

Ways to teach... Sound (ish)

3/25/2021
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.

Duration:00:39:20

GCSE Long Answers and MyMarkingMachine.com

3/18/2021
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!

Duration:00:35:52

Covid Legacies: helping trainee teachers

3/11/2021
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.

Duration:00:31:53

Covid Positives

3/4/2021
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?"

Duration:00:35:40

Literacy for Physics

2/25/2021
We are delighted to be joined once more by Friend of the Podcast and Physics Teacher Support Polymath Carole Kenrick (@HelpfulScience) to talk about Literacy for Physics.

Duration:00:35:45

The definitive GCSE core practical guide...

2/18/2021
We are so privileged this week to be joined by Christina Astin. She wears so many hats she would keep a division of milliners employed, but she kindly talks us through some of her most recent and most important work.

Duration:00:32:42

nearpod

2/11/2021
Will introduces us to Nearpod which is a beautifully designed teaching aid that has lots of excellent features to help you with AFL during lockdown.

Duration:00:28:10

Another Lockdown Lowdown

1/29/2021
Thomas and Robin chew the fat over how they are progressing in the new lockdown.

Duration:00:31:02

Good enough is good enough.

1/15/2021
Thomas and Robin return to talk survival as we lock down again. With many teachers now doing hybrid teaching, we discuss strategies for keeping sane.

Duration:00:22:11