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Teaching IGCSE Physics First Time

Discussion in 'Science' started by Lana55, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. Lana55

    Lana55 New commenter

    Hi Physics community!

    After so many years teaching only Maths, I am given this job of teaching CIE spec Physics at IGCSE, as the expected Physics guy's not going to turn up!

    I have the spec and the David Sang book and nothing else. I have exploited

    Please help me to find resources. Semester starts on Sept. 2nd!

    Thanks a million.


    PS I posted this in Teaching Overseas and had just one response.
  2. msuxg

    msuxg New commenter

  3. briancant

    briancant Occasional commenter

    I found myself in a similar position about 10 years ago. I also had to teach AS and A2 physics. My advice is not to worry. I found the IGCSE ridiculously easy compared with the maths GCSE. I'd go as far as to say it's designed to be taught by non specialists. Don't try to do anything too clever. Use youtube and do plenty of past papers. You will be surprised by your results. I got 100% A-C. My last school in Spain had very few qualified teachers, the lady who taught the physics had no qualifications to do so. She just worked through the text book getting students to copy large parts into their exercise books. Totally awful teaching but the results looked OK, that's the nature of IGCSE. Going off topic a bit but the lady who taught the IGCSE maths and was my boss only had one qualification to do so a grade C in O level! That is the nature of a lot of international schools in Spain. The IGCSE has to cover this lack of qualified teachers. So after teaching maths for many years you will be surprised at how easy it is.
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  4. Lana55

    Lana55 New commenter

    Thank you, briancant. Encouraging remarks. I do use youtube to learn my Physics, and have started downloading past papers and markschemes and answering book and exam questions. Thankfully the course starts with familiar stuff like Mechanics, so I should be fine. By the way, if you have collected some wonderful collection of worksheets, powerpoints or videos, please can you share? Thanks again, Lana

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