PIMS Mathematical Education Circle

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Please note, because of the onging COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been cancelled.



PIMS Mathematical Education Circles is a monthly gathering open to all math educators interested in enhancing their teaching practices by sharing opinions and experiences with their peers. Each session is composed of two parts: Topic in Focus – An educational topic related to the practice of teaching mathematics at the senior high school and the university/college first-year levels. Examples include, learning objectives; technology in the math classroom; assessment; managing a diverse math classroom; transition from secondary to university math, etc. The Lighter Side of Mathematics – A mathematical topic or activity that may not be directly related to teaching mathematics, but that may be used in communicating and promoting mathematics. Examples include, puzzles; games; math trivia; hands-on math, etc.


The last Saturday in September, October, November, February, and March

9:30 - 10:00 Registration, coffee
10:00 - 10:50 Topic in Focus – Presentation
10:50 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:50 Topic in Focus - Discussion
11:50 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 The Lighter Side of Mathematics


UBC and SFU campuses


Strengthening the community of the BC math instructors through social and professional interactions; Creating a forum in which math instructors across BC can discuss the educational topics of common interest and share their experiences and resources; Raising awareness about the community side of mathematical education; Sharing love for mathematics with like-minded friends and colleagues


High school, college, and university math instructors from across British Columbia, as well as aspiring math teachers, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows


Free events; Coffee and light lunch provided; Registration required


  • Melania Alvarez (PIMS/UBC)
  • Veselin Jungic (SFU)


These events are sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and the Actuarial Foundation of Canada.



Session 1: Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 (10:00am - 1:30pm)

Room: PIMS, UBC, Earth Science Building, 2207 Main Mall, Room 2012


  • Topic in Focus: The Future of Calculus - The Great Debate, Richard Hoshino (Quest University) and Veselin Jungic (SFU)
  • The Lighter Side of Mathematics: "The other pi" Nils Bruin (SFU)



Session 2: Saturday, March 21st, 2020 (10:00am - 1:30pm)

Room: PIMS, UBC, Earth Science Building, 2207 Main Mall, Room 2012


  • Topic in Focus: Students' Experience in Math Classes - Panel Discussion, Panelists: Lindsay Clifton (SFU), Nique Manga (KTU), Robert Pritchard (Douglas College), Jacob Andrew Richardson (Quest), and Isabelle (Izzy) Srivastava (UBC)

    Five students will share their own experiences with taking post-secondary math classes at their institutions.
  • The Lighter Side of Mathematics: Fractals for all ages: Playing the chaos game Randall Pyke (SFU)