The SMART goals
Physics is a subject that many students struggle with. Society itself is forgiving when it comes to physics. Students know that their parents will understand if they don’t do so well. After all, the parents may have struggled too. It’s the same thing with learning maths. Society struggles with it and accept that their children can fail it.
My courses will help students to answer physics questions and to understand physics concepts. Interpreting the question is easier when you have mastered the language of physics through concepts.
I will host my short courses on teachable.com. I want to give away my first course for free and it will be based on what physics is all about and why we should enjoy learning it. Physics answers a lot of questions about the secrets of the universe. It is the study of matter, energy, and the relationship between matter and energy. In other words, physics is the study of everything because it is the study of energy.
To understand physics, you have to understand the language of physics. To understand the language of physics, you have to understand the concepts.
We use concepts to describe physics phenomena. Any field of study needs concepts.
We use variables to measure the measurable part of the phenomena. To fully describe a phenomenon, we must be able to describe it.
The best way for students to think about what they’re learning is to challenge them with questions. The questions are more important than the answers. I always say this because I believe it is true.
So here’s a question for you: what is physics?
Physics always intrigues people and they always have questions. So I’m inviting questions from you which I will answer on all my social media platforms.
You can post them in the comments section here or use any of the social media platforms where I have a presence. It could be Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Snapchat.
I hope to establish myself as an expert in physics education by answering your questions. The internet and social media platforms have made it easier for experts to show their expertise and more difficult for pretenders to trick the people.
I have seen situations where the previous aura of high profile individuals has been unmasked by their opinions in the public domain. I urge you to focus on your strengths and keep to your lane.
We cannot be everything and everyone at the same time. When you do that, it is difficult for people to identify your expertise. If you’re an expert at something, you make it easy for people to make a decision to choose you should the need arise.
What is an expert? It’s a person who repeats the same things everyday and love what they’re doing!
This is a short blog post to invite questions in physics. Thank you. I look forward to answering your questions!
In my recent blog posts, I have spoken about the importance of documenting so that you do not struggle to produce content or suffer from writer’s block. I think the reason people develop writer’s block is that they’re not documenting what they do. If they record what they do writing stories, then they should write the story of writing a book. Write an article on writer’s block. I think if you write books then you should also be a blogger. Blogging is something you can do as a writer. Short stories are good practice for the book stories.
The central message in this blog post is that you should talk about things you know. It is effortless for readers or listeners to figure whether or not you know what you’re saying. It is also straightforward for some people to understand whether or not you’re an authentic person, hence the need for full transparency in communicating our stories on various platforms. It is now tough to hide unless you’re completely off the grid. Privacy has become a nice to have, but it’s not practical. We give away a lot of private information to all the platforms we interact with our friends and acquaintances. We renounce our privacy for the opportunity to use social media platforms.
Traditionally it was the government who had data on all of us. Then in addition to the state, it was the phone and utility companies. Now it is the social media and gaming companies. Every big company needs to build a broad user base. Large numbers are important to grow the economies of scale. Big numbers try to create a database of their customers to sell to them. Social media companies a particular product to sell so they keep a database of users to attract large corporations to advertise and sell to them. They need your information to sell it to advertisers.
Social media companies can build a profile of their account holders to allow targeted marketing by dealers. If you’re using a service and not paying for it, then you’re the product. The trick is to realise that you can use social media platforms to grow your numbers. Social media platforms are now places where you can market your goods and services without charge. You can decide to pay for advertising, but you can also grow organically. If you’re selling something, then you need customers. Your job is to give customers a reason to buy from you.
Social media platforms have become personal branding opportunities. There are four different ways in which we communicate as human beings. We use text, pictures, voice, and video. The various social media platforms allow users to tell stories using one or more of these four ways of communicating. Advances in telecommunications technologies have democratised the media industry. We’re no longer at the mercy of media companies to tell our stories. We can now run a blog, a picture library, a podcast and a vlog. In other words, we can now run a tabloid, a radio station, and television. These applications are embedded within social media. Facebook allows to blog and to run a television network with Facebook live.
The challenge is no longer technical; it is consistency and nonstop production of content. Authenticity is now the new currency. If you approach the content creation as a process of documenting, then you can not run out of things to say. You can not run out of being yourself! Documenting means recording what you do and how you do it. The problem is that some professions are hostile to social media and employees have to use fake accounts, and they still are not allowed social media use during working hours. So they’re living a double life.
In the world, as we know it today, it is becoming more and more difficult to live a double life. Disguising your digital footprint is hard. It is everywhere. In that case, it is important to take owner ownership of your brand. If you don’t tell your own story, then others will do so on your behalf. Their version of your story may not be what you want the world to know. So take ownership of your stories as individuals and communities. They say if you control the past, you control the future.
Technology has evolved to a level that suffocates any excuses you might have for not creating content or telling stories. It has also become effortless to get involved in what is happening all over the place. A lot of people have become consumers of too much content. The biggest casualty to this is time. We are wasting time chasing too many shadows instead of focusing on ourselves and talking about what we know. We need to become experts at something. When we do that, people see value in us and are willing to spend their time consuming our content.
If you want to know what value you bring to those around you, take note of what help people need from you. What do people ask you? How do they want you to help them? That is a clear indication of the capital you have built. It is your brand. If you’re happy with that brand, then we’ll and good. If not, then it’s time to rebrand. Authenticity is the unbeatable brand. The truth always wins. Your personal story is unique.
We now have multiple options to tell our stories. Social media platforms have enabled storytelling to take advantage of our strengths. We can now use words, pictures, voice, and video. We can use one or more or all of the four ways of communicating our stories. The trouble is that most people are focusing on written words yet we have limitations regarding consuming text. We have become busier as a human species, and competition for our attention is increasing. It is more practical to listen to something while doing household chores and driving to work, then reading. That is why I think podcasting is winning. Audiobooks are more a more practical format to consume than hard copies of the same book. I have listened to more audiobooks than I have read the equivalent paper in recent months. Some people are still romantic about book reading and are attracted by holding a paper and smelling the pages. Technology is changing all that, and we have to adapt to save time.
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