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    Preparing for the 2023 HSC Physics Exam (14/3)

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    This interactive workshop contains brand new resources for Physics teachers, helping them to analyse the 2022 exam and best prepare their students for the 2023 HSC.  

    In this workshop, teachers will:

    • leverage 2022 RAP Analyses to benefit Physics teaching and learning
    • scrutinise the 2022 exam for emerging themes and commonplace mistakes by students
    • translate the language within questions into physics concepts and equations
    • pilot mark brand new bespoke questions and sample answers
    • unpack and attempt a brand new 9-mark question
    • identify strategies for cross-module questions
    • collaboratively develop an exam-style question with marking criteria and exemplar answer

    All teachers will walk away with a variety of resources to assist their students in their forthcoming exams. Also, all attendees will receive our bespoke RAP Analysis Spreadsheet upon registration to use for their own exam analysis meetings at school.

    New Accreditation

    Completing Preparing for the 2023 HSC Physics Exam will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.1.2, 2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

    Workshop Delivered by Dr Simon Crook & Paul Looyen


    Dr Simon Crook is a very experienced HSC Physics teacher and provider of Physics professional learning, with a PhD in Physics Educations Research (USyd) and a BSc (Hons) in Physics (Manchester). Simon has been working with many high schools and school systems to best prepare their teachers and students for HSC Physics, including his regular partnership schools. In addition, Simon has been in regular dialogue with STANSW, NESA and The University of Sydney, as well as having articles published in The Conversation, Australian Physics and AARE, regarding the HSC Physics syllabus and exams. Previously, he was a HSC Physics Marker for several years and also worked on HSC Physics Advice Line. As such, Simon is in the unique position of currently teaching to a wide variety of students while delivering many professional learning and student workshops around the HSC Physics syllabus and exams.


    Paul Looyen is Physics Expert Facilitator at CrookED Science and has over 28 years Physics teaching experience in both government and independent schools, including three years in the USA. From 2004 to 2022, he was Faculty Head of Science at Macarthur Anglican School. He has extensive marking experience of HSC Physics including four years as Senior Marker and three years as Second in Charge of Marking. Paul has also been on numerous examination writing committees. As a result, he has presented at Meet the Markers run by the Science Teachers Association NSW for many years, and been invited to conduct numerous HSC review seminars for students through several universities. In 2019, Paul was invited to attend the International Teacher Program run at CERN, Switzerland, and the following year he was invited to attend the International Teacher Program at LIGO, based in the USA. This led to running professional development for teachers, on the physics of CERN, for ANSTO and CONASTA. In 2021, he was awarded Outstanding Professional Service Award by STANSW. In 2022, Paul co-authored 'HSC Physics A+ Practice Exams', a HSC exam book published by Cengage Learning. He also has had articles published in The Conversation and Australian Physics. Paul is perhaps best known for his popular YouTube channel, Physics High, developing content to aid a better understanding of physics at a high school level. 


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