PIMS Mathematical Education Circle


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).



Session 1: Saturday, February 24th, 2018 (9:00am - 2:00pm)

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

  • Topic in Focus: UBC Calculus I Learning Objectives - Fok-Shuen Leung, UBC
  • The Lighter Side of Mathematics: Math Games and Puzzles – Melania Alvarez, PIMS/UBC


Session 2: Saturday, March, 24, 2018 (9:00am - 2:00pm)

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


  • Topic in Focus: Technological tools for teaching and learning present exciting opportunities and challenges for today's classroom. How do these tools affect what and how we teach? In this session we will explore this question in more detail. In addition to the technology that we use in our teaching, we will also discuss technology that is sourced by students - Justin Gray and Jaime Mulholland, Simon Fraser University
  • The Lighter Side of Mathematics: Origami and Mathematics – Natasha Davidson, Douglas College



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