Changing The Culture 2014
The annual Changing the Culture Conference, organized and sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, brings together mathematicians, mathematics educators and school teachers from all levels to work together towards narrowing the gap between mathematicians and teachers of mathematics, and between those who do and enjoy mathematics and those who think they don't.
Changing the Culture 2014: Fostering Curiosity
Date: Friday, May 16th, 2014
Location: SFU-Vancouver at Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, Canada
The conference is free, but space is limited, and therefore registration will be required. Online registration is now available via this website.
8:45 Opening Remarks, Room 1900, Fletcher Challenge Theatre
9:00 Plenary Talk, Questions not Answers, Richard Hoshino, Quest University, Room 1900 Fletcher Challenge Theater
Why do so many children lose their natural curiosity when they grow into adulthood? As one author argues, our modern-day education system is largely to blame, where students are fed facts and formulas, and are not given the space to take risks, make mistakes, and explore the questions that are pertinent to their lives.
Since February 2013, I have taught math at Quest University Canada, a small liberal arts university in Squamish, B.C. In this presentation, I'll share the radical approach of Quest's math curriculum, which starts with the students' questions, rather than the professor's answers.
I'll discuss how this unorthodox pedagogy has led to math-fearing students inspiring social action (e.g. a new roommate-matching algorithm), empowering students to realize that mathematics can help them understand the world, their world, in a more meaningful way.
10:00 Coffee Break, Room 1400, Segal Center
10:30 Workshops A and B
Workshop A: Mathematical Habits of Mind, Susan Oesterle, Douglas College
The new draft BC Math Curriculum emphasises a focus on developing "mathematical habits of mind". What are they? What does this mean for what we do in our classrooms? What can we do to support our students and each other? After a short intro to the notion of "mathematical habits of mind", we'll use hands-on activities to explore this idea and its implications for teaching mathematics.
Workshop B: Calculus Diagnostic Test: What Are We Learning? Justin Gray, Natalia Kouzniak, Cameron Morland, SFU
SFU has been giving a Calculus Diagnostic Test to all Calculus students during the first week of classes for the past seven years, and we have accumulated impressive statistics about students performance on the test, and in their Calculus courses. What did we learn, and how is this knowledge influencing our courses? What do we still need to learn?
12:00 PIMS Award Ceremony, 1900, Fletcher Challenge Theatre
12:30 Lunch, Room 1400, Segal Centre
13:30 Interactive Engagement in Large University Classes, Jamie Mulholland, SFU, 1900, Fletcher Challenge Theatre
14:00 Panel Discussion, 1900, Fletcher Challenge Theatre
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Plenary Talk, TBA, John Grant McLoughlin, University of New Brunswick, 1900, Fletcher Challenge Theatre
17:00 Concluding Remarks