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Physics: Teaching through Confusion

Physics: Teaching through Confusion

Physics: Teaching through Confusion

We as physics teachers have to battle a long living stigma behind physics. Forever are we tackling the gender divide in students of this subject (five male students to every female student at A-Level); the perception of it's difficulty and vision of the 'physics student' stereotype. In order to do this however, a level of confidence in our own teaching ability is required. But how many of us really have this? 

I myself was every bit as scared at the prospect of teaching A-Level physics as my students were of studying it. Having completed a degree in Geophysics at university, I had not even gazed upon a single topic taught in the AS Level curriculum since 2005 (yes, despite the word physics in the title!). Six years on, I felt not remotely qualified to deliver a session on stationary waves and their purpose. This is a common problem in ALL subjects across the board, teachers are teaching subjects they have not studied in years. I can not speak for the difficulty in other subject areas, but although I felt alone in my crisis at the time, I know that other new and also experienced physics teachers often found that developing our own subject knowledge alongside figuring out an accessible way to for students to conceptualise Newton's Laws can be really, really, really tough. 

My own experience of searching for resources that gave both me and my students a sense of confidence proved to be close to fruitless. Am I doing the question correctly myself? Is this question even the right level for these kids? What does this equation even mean?!!??

MarkIt are trying to deliver to you for free, what I found was limited in availability. A high quality resource that deeply scaffolds questions for students (and you as teachers!) to address misconceptions within the subject and both test and teach students at the same time. Getting an answer incorrect will not leave your students blindly wondering where they went wrong, it will step them through to the correct answer and help you to make your subject more accessible. 

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Is A-Level Maths a lot harder than GCSE Maths?

Is A-Level Maths a lot harder than GCSE Maths?