My name is Joshua Barclay, M.S. I have worked for over 25 years teaching both high school and university physics. In 2016, I was the proud recipient of the Michigan High School Science Teacher of the Year
award given by the Michigan Science Teachers Association. I am exceptionally qualified to give your student the exact help they need to master physics, regardless of their prior knowledge, course level, or special learning needs.
I have taught a wide range of physics courses including calculus based mechanics and electricity & magnetism labs at Eastern Michigan University, a conceptual physics course for high school juniors which I created for West Bloomfield High School, and even a physics course geared for elementary school teachers at EMU.
Since I began teaching the AP Physics courses at West Bloomfield High School in 2004, the most common grade of my students on AP Physics exams has been a 5/5, the highest score possible, even as I encourage all of my students to take these challenging exams.
In my teaching toolkit I employ not only a detailed knowledge of both AP Physics Learning Objectives and Next Generation Science Standards for physics, but also a thorough understanding of the most common conceptual stumbling blocks and how students can overcome them. I have developed numerous mnemonics that help students systematically attack physics problems and develop deeper physics intuition, helping them master even the most difficult concepts. I provide multiple physics demonstrations and lab experiences—a multi-sensory approach which has been shown by research to be much more effective than the typical lecture that many students receive in school.
I am also a dedicated and passionate environmentalist. I have sponsored the West Bloomfield High School environmental club, the E.A.R.T.H. Club (Environmentally Aware, Ready To Help) since 1993. Under my sponsorship, the club recently raised over $25,000 in grants and funding and persuaded the school board to install a solar array to supply 100% of the electric energy needs of the WBHS Science Department.