Students learn more from a practical approach to science and really enjoy the challenge of working out the concepts for themselves.
Who is your top scientist of all time?
Sir Isaac Newton! He explained gravity and devised the Laws of Motion, which we still use today. He also discovered that white light is composed of the colours of the rainbow. He made huge advances across so many areas of physics during his lifetime.
What do you like about teaching science?
Teaching is a really rewarding job. It is fantastic to see students enjoying science as well as being able to relate the topics they are learning to their everyday lives. Education is the key to success in life and I would hope to instil this concept in the students I teach. As a teacher, I want to motivate students to discover their inner strengths and abilities and use these to their full potential.
How do you get a class excited about science?
I like to emphasise the practical element of science and try to incorporate as much practical work as possible in my lessons. I believe students learn more from this approach and really enjoy the challenge of working out the scientific concepts for themselves.
I want to motivate students to discover their inner strengths and abilities and use these to their full potential.
What do you think are the most exciting things happening in science at the moment?
Flexible electronics: I think it is amazing that in the near future we could have phones or even computers that are flexible and can be rolled without breaking. This is all possible because of cutting edge research in the area of nanotechnology.
What would you tell someone thinking about starting a career in physics?
I would advise students to carry out some work experience in the area of science that interests them. This will give them an idea of what their chosen career would be like on a day to day basis. Also, when they are making their subject choices at school, they should make sure they choose the relevant subjects.