Reflective Approach to Teaching Physics

There is no shortcut to substantially speed up the process of novice-to-expert style of grasping physics. We, physics teachers, are experts, but sometimes frustrated by small steps by which our students transform their novice reasoning to that of an expert. How can we enhance that transformation taking into account the fact that there are usually 30 students in a classroom? Comprehension before computation is one answer, and the second one is including different experiments (demonstrative ones and those carried out by students).

 

Working sessions

Ready-to-Wear vs. Made-to-Measure
  • comprehension before computation: the case of kinematics
  • from graphs to equations of kinematics
  • practical demonstration of experiments
  • what is a reasonable usage of computer based experiments?
Encouraging Reflection in Students
  • from WHY to HOW and from empirical finding to physics laws: the case of electricity
  • practical demonstration of experiments
  • the structure of a test paper
  • am I allowed to create my own textbook
Experimental Day
  • presentation of the examples of good practice
  • various experiments for students of different levels
  • setting up an experiment, guiding the students, practical work
Gamification and Student Engagement
  • how to motivate students to participate in a bit of extra work, in various extracurricular activities;
  • physics safe-cracking competition, trying to open dome student-prepared safes
A Broad Picture: Astronomy
  • introducing a broader picture of physics, instead of sets of unrelated phenomena
  • case studies: from the pattern of the ripple tank to the atom and the universe
  • presentation of student projects and extra-curricular activities
Two Decades of the Slovenian External Exams
  • what can we learn from the Slovenian final exams (matura) in physics

 

Provisional timetable

  SUN MON THU WED THU FRI SAT
Morning Arrival Session 1 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6 A
Afternoon Welcome Session 2 Visit to Ljubljana Optional modules Free Sharing best practice event day
Evening Free International evening Slovenian evening Activities evening Free Reflection evening trip

The timetable with a more detailed description of the activities will be given to the participants a week before the start of the course.

 

 

Thoughts from our past participants and some impressions

Good mix of theory and practice

The seminar for physics teachers was very well organized, all sessions were very interesting, thoughtful, well prepared. There was a great connection between theory, practice and instructions how to use all of these in our classes. The teachers were always excellent and very well prepared for the sessions. I am amazed with their enthusiasm. I am sure that this knowledge will be very useful in my future work.

Kertu, physics teacher from Finnland

2019-12-05T10:55:21+01:00

Kertu, physics teacher from Finnland

The seminar for physics teachers was very well organized, all sessions were very interesting, thoughtful, well prepared. There was a great connection between theory, practice and instructions how to use all of these in our classes. The teachers were always excellent and very well prepared for the sessions. I am amazed with their enthusiasm. I am sure that this knowledge will be very useful in my future work.

Useful for my work

The trainers were professional. I got new knowledge and some practical tips I would like to use at school. Well done!
2019-12-03T12:07:39+01:00
Jelena, physics teacher from Bosnia

 

The team

Tine Golež
course coordinator

Tine Golež, MSc, is a physics professor at Diocesan Classical Gymnasium (secondary school). He strongly emphasises the importance of experiments in the instruction of physics and he participated in the creation of the curricular implementation with over 300 experiments for students in 2 years. 

Martin Čokl
course instructor

Martin Čokl teaches physics at St. Stanislav's. He regularly organises several astronomical events (including star gazings), as he is a keen astronomer. He also leads the astronomical extracurricular activity and the preparations for the student competitions. 

Iztok Kukman
course instructor

Iztok Kukman, MSc, constructed several experiments in order to enhance the teaching of modern physics (a model of NMR measurement). However, all his lessons are based on physics experiments. Computer simulations are just for an upgrade, not to replace real experiments. 

Nemanja Momčilović
course instructor

Nemanja Momčilović regularly prepares students for several competitions including the top one. As he can explain very complex tasks in a series of logical steps, the most talented students find him as an ideal “trainer”. 

What is included in the course package?

  • course contents and materials
  • additional optional modules and good practice examples
  • coffee and other refreshments throughout the course
  • full-board accommodation 
  • rich social programme
  • a series of networking opportunities

Everything in the price of €1,150.

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