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Archive for September, 2012

Should You Become a Physics Teacher?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

This term I teach future physics teachers. I have a group of wonderful students (13 future physics teachers) and we meet for three hours a week. Last week the students had an opportunity to visit a local school for a day (on a one-day practicum) and observe lessons, interact with teachers and students… When they […]

Playing with Iron Fillings

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

I teach a physics methods course for future physics teachers and it makes me think about different ideas and concepts we encounter while learning physics. As I was thinking of how we help our students to visualize the invisible, I started playing with iron fillings suspended it oil. I placed a magnet in the centre […]

Interview with Ubyssey: Clickers and Learning

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Tech supplement_ the i_ClickerThe Ubyssey

A Global Vision for Vision

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

What a great idea. As I wear glasses myself, I am fully well aware of how difficult it is to function when you do not have corrective eye ware available. Watch this short video to see how this problem can be solved! For more information, check this out: http://www.geekosystem.com/liquid-lens-glasses/ http://www.vdwoxford.org/home/

Rethinking Conceptual Change Theories

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

This term I am very fortunate to be able to teach a graduate course on the Research in Science Education (EDCP 559 at UBC). This course makes me think and rethink many of the concepts I thought I have understood before. It made me think how we build our understanding and how new ideas fit […]

A Very Interesting Paper about Nikola Tesla

Monday, September 10th, 2012

BBC News Magazine published a very interesting article about Nikola Telsa. I would also recommend reading a book by Mark Essig: Edison and the Electric Chair: The Story of Light and Death. In addition, I read a book about Nikola Tesla by John Roland Hans Penner, The strange life of Nikola Tesla. (1978/1995). I think […]

Science Education Review

Monday, September 10th, 2012

As a science education researcher and a science teacher who teaches future teachers and often visits schools,¬† I often feel that there is a large gap between what we know about how students learn science and how we teach it. Part of it is due to the gap between the innovations in science education described […]

Interview on Global News Network: Science Education Matters

Friday, September 7th, 2012

My First Day Teaching A Physics Methods Course

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Today it was my first day teaching future physics teachers at UBC. It is so exciting to have an opportunity to inspire new physics teachers. I remember how grateful I was to more experienced physics teachers in Israel who helped me to get started. I especially remember Korina Polinger¬† – a physics teacher from Rehovot […]

A Gift to Physics Teachers and Students for a New Year

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

I am a member of the BCAPT e-mail list. And this is what I received through the list today. What an amazing gift. Thank you Andy for sharing it with us. This is Andy’s text: “This image is just mind-blowing.¬† It was originally captured in 1927 at the Solvay Conference, attended by some of the […]

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