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An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. ― Niels Bohr

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In general is not given a central role to the formation in didactic in the academic career. The most common hypothesis is that those scientists with good research background are going to be excellent teachers. Probably it is true that those good scientists are potentially good teachers but it is necessary to work on it to use properly these potential skills. Here I am including some resources that I have found useful, please contact with me if you know about other insteresting links.

Journals

The researcher read about the progress in her/his scientific topics of interest but what about educational journals? There are several useful journals for Physics Eduaction. In Europe IOP editorial has two journals

To motivate the students it is a good idea to be informed, for instance,

In USA there are also several interesting journals

A main problem is that all these journals are not open-source. So I recommend to check also arxiv,

History and Didactic

This last link is interesting not only because of the topic itself but because the modern didactic of science suggests that the students have an evolution in their understanding and knowledge similar to the historical evolution of the ideas. In this way the initial approach to understand the world is similar to the Aristotelic vision of the Physics, then it changes in a similar way than the history with progressive mental revolutions somehow equivalent to the Kunn historical interpretation. Also the possibility of progress depend on the hability to identify previous ideas that are considered necessaries but however they are hypothesis somehow arbitaries (as commented Einstein about his evolution in the interpreation of the physics ideas).ö

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Mathematics

To teach mathematics at University level I have found several interesting resources. If you speak Spanish then I would recommend you to take a look at:

While there also specific publications like:

but also are appeling for didactic purposes:

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Sport and Physics

There is an Olympic game every year in Spain for the students of Physics in High-Schools. You can check the last problems and their solutions for Spain (in Spanish) at:

an International:

In general these problems should be solved correctly by a student of 1 years of Physics at the University. The problems are themself not very difficult and should be easy for a typical student of Physics. All the problems are including the picture that allows to solve the problem. For University students I recommend to do not include any additional help like drawings or notes, in this way the students should be able to take the relevant information to solve the problem (from the text ifself).