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3.4.9 How to teach physics and chemistry to gifted children?

This presentation will explore teaching chemistry and physics to gifted students of lower level in grammar school. The activities suitable and not suitable for teaching physics and chemistry to gifted children will be described. The presentation will be focused on approaches which I have found ineffective and subsequently on those which I have found useful. The differences in terms of gaining knowledge between gifted and non-gifted students will be outlined at the end of the presentation as well as the various examination methods usable in gifted students teaching.


Martin Konecny
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Czech Republic

Martin Konecny works as a teacher at Mensa grammar school, a school for gifted students in Prague, where he teaches Maths, Physics, Chemistry. He studied Physics with focus on chemical physics, biophysics and subsequently teaching of Chemistry, Physics for Secondary Schools. As a part of his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, he focuses on teaching physics to gifted students, especially on the use of experiment in Physics. He performs regularly at conferences with presentations about practical teaching, conducts seminars about gifted students, leads future teachers on teaching practices with gifted students.


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