## PIMS Mathematical Education Circles

- Date: 02/23/2019

Earth Science Building, 2207 Main Mall, PIMS - Room 2012

**Session 1 - Saturday, February, 23rd, 2019 (9:30am - 1:30pm)**

*Topic in Focus: *Admission and Placement in Math Courses* - Allyson Rozell and Michael Nyenhuis, Kwantlen Polytechnic University*

One topic that comes up regularly in math departments is that of mathematical admission requirements and how to place students in courses. This has come up at Kwantlen because of talk of elimination of high school grades, talk of improving success rates in introductory math classes at KPU, and the recent influx of international students. We will describe how admissions and placement is currently done at Kwantlen, and we will discuss other possibilities for placing students in math courses.

The Lighter Side of Mathematics: Pi Day and Other Borrowed Activities* – Nora Franzova, Langara College*

We will discuss ideas for celebrating Pi Day and in the second part of the session I will dare to ask participants to join me in a few hands-on activities, that I never dared to ask my students to do, (but I always wanted to).

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; the 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.

- 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

Melania Alvarez (PIMS/UBC)

Veselin Jungic (SFU)

To register for this event, please complete the registration form.

These events are sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS).