The Physics Teaching Podcast
By Robin and Mr W-P
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We believe that physics teaching is a wonderful thing, but are aware not everyone agrees. In the UK more and more non-specialists are getting the opportunity (welcome or otherwise) to shine a light on peoples misconceptions about the World around them. We started this podcast to provide useful information about how some of the best physics teachers we know teach the subject. Nearly always the answer will be ‘do some practical work’, which we know is essential to grounding understanding as well as being fun to do and making lessons easier to manage.
||Clean16. The Vacuum Cannon!||Thomas, Robin and Patrick Kaplo discuss the amazing vacuum cannon and how it can be used to make physics thrilling. The cannon is now available in the shop. Buy it and you’ll be supporting the podcast while you have a BLAST!||13 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15.1 Extended Interview with Nicky Thomas about Diffraction||Full interview with Nicky Thomas about teaching diffraction (29 minutes). She covers how she teaches it in more detail as well as more context and thoughts about doing diffraction as a practical EPQ. The music in this extra episode is Cantina Rag by Ja.||6 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15. Water, Waves and Woodlice||Sea slugs use physics to move up to 90 km a day. Who’d have known? In the main body of the podcast Robin talks to Nicky Thomas about teaching diffraction. She has much to share so we released an extended interview podcast Finally woodlice can also ass||6 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14. Cataracts, Cameras and (CERN) Competitions||Thomas and Robin respond to a request from a listener and investigate the BL4S Competition run by CERN. Win an all expenses trip to a high energy beam lab where you will be supported to do your own experiment.||30 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. Lasers, Labs and a Large(r) hadron collider||Thomas and Robin had such fun talking to Patrick Kaplo (Episode 11) from Windham, New Hampshire that we talked to him again about his Challenge Labs. These are graded practicals where there is a one-shot event at the end of the practical that gives you.||23 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. Shrink-Rays, Spectrum and String…||Thomas and Robin discuss (not) Shrink Rays and mysterious (not Alien) Space signals before getting on to the meat of the podcast: Teaching the EM Spectrum and using the simple question "How long is a piece of String?" to explore measurement,||16 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. Poppers, Pendulums and Pond-hopping||The days are getting longer, and the monster Christmas term is behind us. Thomas and Robin refuse to let January blues dull the joy of physics teaching as they kick 2019 off with a cracker (pun intended). Two kinematic experiments are the focus,||9 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Ways to teach… Electricity||Merry Christmas Physics teachers! In a bumper festive edition, Thomas and Robin have rounded up your ideas and tips on how to teach electricity. It’s quite rare to reach a clear conclusion in a discussion of teaching,||19 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. Mentors, Motors and Merch||Robin hadn’t heard about the recent Falcon landing failure so Thomas filled him in. Cutting-edge space technology is still frontier science: we need your students to be the engineers of tomorrow! Regular listeners will know how much Matt Groening||12 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. Venn Hats, Meows and a Mysterious Tube||As David Bowie once mused “Is there seismic activity on Mars?” ( I think that’s what he said…), and who are we to argue? So we kicked off discussing NASA Mars Insight Lander and then Robin confessed to group about his tendency to get on a sel||5 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Ben, Big Ideas and beginnings||Thomas and Robin talk about the podcast’s roots and where it all started, to help all teachers of physics to feel a sense of professional community. You can help by sharing it with your friends, and if you do that you have a chance to win a podcast T-||28 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. What happens when your jelly won’t hold your weight? Is it time to lose some mass?||Thomas and Robin got together in the same room for a chat this week. Don’t worry, as a good physicist and a good engineer they avoided eye contact*. The big news last week was the redefinition of the kilogram which was originally based on the mass of||21 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Models, marbles and marvels…||In a bumper 5th episode, we chat to Stuart Farmer, self-proclaimed “Listener Number 2” about a brilliant visualisation of uncertainty. In keeping with parsimonious podcast principles, Stuart’s practical involves nothing more elaborate than a var||14 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. Why Don’t More Girls Choose Physics?||Thomas and Robin try to find A New Hope in Episode 4 by addressing the perennial problem of the small proportion of girls choosing A Level Physics. In this Episode: World Dark Matter Day, 31st October: How did you celebrate it?||7 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Reading, Research and Reversing Through Time||The latest outing for Thomas and Robin in the world’s foremost (only?) podcast for teachers of physics talks about the weighty issues for physics teachers everywhere. In this thrill-packed episode… As Matt Groening once said: “It’s all about the||24 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. A New Physics Teacher||We made it to Episode two! Thank you for coming back, or a very warm welcome if you’ve just joined us. In this episode: Secret identity: Robin finally gets round to introducing himself Out of this world: Thomas tells Robin about the recent exomoon dis||17 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. Balloons!||Thomas and Robin sincerely hope you enjoyed the first episode of the physics teaching podcast, and that you are enthused to do some more practical work in your classroom. The physics teaching podcast is all about celebrating the professionalism of tea||10 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0. Vacuum Pump & Pressure||Catastrophic Spacesuit Failure In our first ever effort at making some content, Thomas talks about how he entertained parents at Open Evening using a vacuum pump, bell jar, tin foil, marshmallows and Tunnocks Tea Cakes.||2 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Top notch podcast
Everyone teaching Physics, either as a specialist or as a non-specialist should be listening to this podcast. I wish there had been something like it back in the mid-90s when I was training.