IOP Regional CPD: A Day for Everyone Teaching Physics

Event Information

2 July 2020
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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This free event is for all teachers of physics, technicians and trainees and is organised by the Institute of Physics.

Experienced coaches and presenters will lead sessions to develop your confidence and pedagogical approaches to make teaching more engaging. The event provides an immediate opportunity to learn new techniques, network with teachers in your area and meet with the IOP coaches.

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10.30 – 10.40 Log in and welcome to attendees

10.40 – 11.05 Keynote talk “Telescopes: from Early Infants to Modern Giants” Paula Chadwick, Durham University

11.05 – 11.10 Introduction to “What Happens Next?” David Featonby

11.10 – 11.15 Instructions for navigation sessions

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.00 Workshops A & B

12.00 – 12.30 Lunch Break

12.30 – 13.15 Workshop C & D (including a short break)

13.15 – 14.00 Workshop E & F (including a short break)

14.00 – 14.30 Plenary: What Happens next? An exploration of challenging experiments for both teachers and pupils, David Featonby

14.30 – 15.00 Evaluations and finish, followed by optional discussion for Early Career Teachers and IOP Scholars – This discussion is for anyone currently undertaking, about to undertake teacher training or those early in their teaching careers. Join us for an informal discussion and safe space to discuss ideas and challenges.

Session Choices

A. The Physics of Climate Change – Stuart Farmer

A live online exploration of the physics required to understand Climate Change. The session will include: the evidence for Climate Change; an exploration of cycles in Climate Change data; practical demonstrations using everyday apparatus; and more.

B. Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) – Peter Fairhurst

Introducing BEST – hundreds of free diagnostic questions and activities to uncover and challenge misunderstandings, with progression toolkits and 11-16
subject maps to develop understanding. Developed from research evidence by UYSEG and the Salters’ Institute. Find out how BEST could help you
develop research-informed approaches in the seven areas of the EEF’s Improving Secondary Science recommendations.

C. Do try this at home! – Bernard Taylor

How to build an uphill waterpump for classroom demonstrations. We will run through how to build the pump, and demonstrate to your class how it moves water from one height to another.

D. Three Minute Wonders – Mark Teale, Daisy Fox, Jonathan Allcock, David Farley, Mike Shovlin

Quick experiements and demonstrations from IOP coaches. Each presenter has three minutes to demonstrate a physics principle in a manner easily understood by students, which should be great to take back to the classroom!

E. Specific Heat Capacity – Robert Birke

This session is aimed primarily at science laboratory technicians. We will look at an experiment which uses Lead Shot in a cardboard (postal) tube, this is simple to carry out and allows exploration of energy stores and pathways.
We will also look at simple approaches to apparatus which may be easily obtained or cheaply constructed to investigate the specific heat capacity of liquids, particularly water, and widen the investigation to look at efficiency of energy transfer and insulation.

F. Evidence based teaching: What works? – Stephanie Sdepanian

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to try a number of classroom activities based on the 7 simple rules for science teaching articles published in Education in Chemistry, supporting the principles outlined in EEF Improving secondary science guidance. We will also explore some short activities that link to the Gatsby Good Career Benchmarks. All resources link directly to the curriculum, with methods that can be used across a multitude of topics/subjects.

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