Physics Teachers Conference


Location: UNSW Roundhouse, Kensington

Date: Friday 9 May  2014


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STANSW continues to support the teaching of Physics from years 7 to 12, with a range of workshops for beginner to experienced teachers.  Collaborate, learn and network with colleagues from across the state.  Bring your questions and your ideas so that everyone can improve their teaching skills.  Experienced HSC teachers and markers will pass on techniques, stories and pedagogical advice on how to improve the teaching of Physics.


As a result of participating in this professional learning activity, teachers will:


  • share ideas with other Phsyics teachers about the selection and use of appropriate teaching strategies and resources including ICT and other technologies to make content meaningful to students
  • hear from professionals who will share their experiences of Physics teaching
  • participate in activities to enhance their confidence and competency in teaching Physics.
  • gain 5 hours of accreditation towards the Key Stage of Professional Competence within the Framework of Professional Teaching Standards of the BOSTES.
  • hear keynote addresses from inspiring speakers on Physics pedagogy.
  • participate in a variety of presentations including workshops and seminars from a mixture of presenters possibly including academics from universities, education staff from government agencies, private companies, STANSW members and practicing teachers.



8:15 - 8:55 am - Registration 

9:00 - 9:30 - Welcome 

9:30 - 10:30 am - Keynote 1:  Professor Richard Newbury (UNSW)


10:30 - 10:55 am - Morning Tea


11:05 - 12:05 pm  Concurrent Workshops - Block 1 

Session 1A  - Astrophysics - Robert Hollow (CSRIO)

Session 1B  - Medical Physics - Dr Michael Braun

Session 1C - Physclips and online learning - Joe Wolf & Elizabeth Angstmann

Session 1D - Stories of Physics- Brett McKay


12:10 - 1:10 pm Concurrent Workshops - Block 2

Session 2A (Part 1) - Improving Stage 6 students level of achievement - Margaret Baldry & Gina Grant 

Session 2B - Maximising the marks achieved in HSC Physic Option - Narelle Valentine 

Session 2C - Developing Skills in the Preliminary  Stage Experimental Work - Brett McKay

Session 2D - Inquiry Learning: Modelling the Process - Jef Byrne (Science by Doing)


1:05 - 2:00 pm - Lunch 


2:15 - 3:15 pm - Concurrent Workshops - Block 3

Session 3A (Part 2) -  Improving Stage 6 students level of achievement - Margaret Baldry and Gina Grant 

Session 3B - Writing rich and meaningful Assessment -Narelle Valentine

Session 3C -  Investigations in the HSC Course - Brett McKay 

Session 3D - Inquiry Learning: Making the Change - Jef Byrne (Science by Doing)


3:20 - 4:20 pm -  Keynote 2:  Einsteinian Physics: A classroom approach - Associate Professor Marjan Zadnik



Fees (10% GST incl):   

Members $220                Non Members $330    

Student Members $40      Non Members Students $100


Thank you to our host and sponsor:  UNSW Science


AITSL Teaching Standards

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.

6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice

Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning.

Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs.

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