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2. What is an Insight into Teaching Physics event?

1.     Why hold an Insight into Teaching Physics event in your institution?
2.     What is an Insight into Teaching Physics event?
3.     Who might benefit from holding an Insight into Teaching Physics event?
4.     When is the best time to hold an Insight into Teaching Physics event?
5.     How to arrange an Insight into Teaching Physics event
6.     Feedback from IOP events 

The aim is to create an informal yet informative event. It should highlight the benefits of teaching, whilst explaining the practicalities of how to train and the reality of what life is like as a teacher.

Our events are held in the physics or engineering departments, making it as easy as possible for students to attend. They last about two hours and generally get around 30 students to each. We provide participants with free refreshments, doughnuts (which prove very popular!) and an IOP goodie bag.

Suggested structure:

  • Why teach?
    Outline what being a teacher involves, including the benefits and rewards of teaching.
  • Routes into teaching
    Details about the various teacher training routes, the funding available, how to apply and getting classroom experience. Explain the different routes, and then focus more specifically on your course.
  • Life as a teacher
    Invite a local teacher – preferably fairly newly qualified - to share their experiences and enthusiasm.
  • Questions
    Don’t forget to allow plenty of time for questions. Students are usually very keen to ask the teacher questions about their time in the classroom so far.
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