Physicopoeia

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THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN WHEN I STARTED TEACHING PHYSICS

I started teaching Physics nearly 20 years ago. In that time, my knowledge of all areas of Physics has increased hugely, to the extent that I'm now quite amazed what I didn't know when I started. A lot of what I've learned has come from the usual sources, like textbooks and websites, but some of the most valuable ideas and information have come from other teachers and more obscure sources.

There are so many things I've discovered and questions I've answered over the years - a lot of which have been surprisingly difficult to find out - that I wanted to collect them all in one place to make other teachers' lives easier and to improve the quality of the Physics we all love to teach. I've also included many worksheets and other resources I've made for myself when I couldn't find anything suitable.

This is aimed mainly at teachers of pupils aged about 14 to 18 - GCSE and A-level, to put it in general UK terms - but nothing here is specific to a given exam board, or even a specific country, and I hope some will be useful to teachers of older and younger pupils as well. Although there will probably be more here which is useful to teachers who might be described as non-specialist (i.e. those without a degree in Physics or a closely related subject), I think many specialists will find some things here they didn't already know, or perhaps had forgotten. By the same standard, I'm a specialist and I'm still improving my subject knowledge after nearly two decades!

WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?

Given that I've put resources on here that have, in many cases, taken me quite some time and effort to produce, some people have suggested I should put most of it behind some sort of paywall. I'm old-fashioned enough to believe that offering them freely is the right thing to do, if only to encourage their wider use to improve the quality of Physics teaching generally. The only thing I ask is that, if you do find anything on this site useful, please email me just to let me know.