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New to A Level Physics

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by aer, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. aer

    aer

    I am just finishing my NQT year and will be teaching A Level Physics for the first time next year. I have had lots of conflicting advice on how to plan/prepare for it so more would be really appreciated! I am a good teacher, always plan way in advance and am very organised. This should help I know but how fast do they get through things in A Level? I appreciate that year 12 pupils are only just out of year 11 but how does their focus change/improve?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. aer

    aer

    I am just finishing my NQT year and will be teaching A Level Physics for the first time next year. I have had lots of conflicting advice on how to plan/prepare for it so more would be really appreciated! I am a good teacher, always plan way in advance and am very organised. This should help I know but how fast do they get through things in A Level? I appreciate that year 12 pupils are only just out of year 11 but how does their focus change/improve?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  3. missmunchie

    missmunchie New commenter

    The Institute of Physics has a Teaching Advanced Physics (TAP) page that has loads of resources, lesson plans and experiment ideas.
    http://www.tap.iop.org/
    I found it really useful when I was thrown in at the deep end teaching Yr 12 and 13.

     
  4. I'm in a similar position, but will be teaching it during my NQT year! My subject specialism is Biology as well, so any advice is welcome. that TAP site of the IoP's looks like it could be a godsend.
     
  5. missmunchie

    missmunchie New commenter

  6. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Established commenter

    The board you are doing makes a huge difference. If you're doing OCR B (advancing physics), for example, you're in luck because the CD accompanying the course gives textensive and detailed support, including estimated timings, materials and recommendations for activities. If you're stuck with AQA A, as I have been this year, you will find you have to forage for yourself a lot more.
    A general point, make sure students get lots of practise of written questions, both calculations and explanations. If you can't get enough in the resources for your course (either from the text or past papers), scavenge from other courses. Students don't like the feeling that they're going into an exam blind, they want to feel that they've covered all the bases.
     
  7. aer

    aer

    Thanks for all your advice: luckily I've got over a year to forage and find resources!
     

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