First-Year Math & Stats in Canada




2024 FYMSiC Online Conference: Why are we teaching mathematics today? – Thursday, May 9th, 2024

First-Year Math and Stats in Canada (FYMSiC) is organizing another FREE one-day online conference, titled “Why are we teaching mathematics today?”. We want to stir the pot and to have time to reflect. Let’s hear about different diverse opinions for yay or nay to teach our beloved subject, as Canada is one of the strongest still in mathematics, but declining nationally. 

The one-day online FYMSiC conference will be held on Thursday, May 9th, 2024, starting at 11:00 EDT and ending at 17:00 EDT.

The event will be hosted on Zoom with a link provided to registered attendees a week before the conference, as well as on the FYMSiC website ( 

The plan is to have five sessions. Join one session or stay for the entire event!

Conference Schedule (Toronto times – EDT):

  • 11:00 — 11:10: Opening Remarks – Andie Burazin and Lauren DeDieu
  • 11:10 — 12:15: Session 1:
    Johanna Rämö (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)   
    Breaking the hierarchies in mathematics education
  • 12:20 — 13:25: Session 2:
    Annie Savard (McGill University, Canada) Presentation Slides: 
    A fast-food tour of teaching Mathematics today: Poutine, noodles, and Big Mac
  • 13:25 — 14:00: Break
  • 14:00 — 14:40: Session 3: Four 10-Minute Talks
    Room 1:
    – Gordon Hamilton (Math Pickle): Why are we teaching mathematics yesterday, today and tomorrow? [slides]
    Xiong Wang (University of Alberta): Why Are We Teaching Mathematics Today: A Play Perspective for School Mathematics
    Gizem Karaali (Pomona College): A New Elephant Enters the (Chat)Room: Why Teach Math Now? [video]
    Taras Gula (George Brown College): Mathematical Tensions – an Ontario College Perspective [slides]
    Room 2:
     – Olga Fellus (Brock University): Why are we teaching mathematics today? What kind of mathematics are we teaching? and What pedagogies are conducive to today’s needs?
    Lindsey Shorser (University of Toronto): Angles of the Heart: Emotional Regulation Skills, Resilience, and Cognitive Flexibility Through Learning Mathematics [slides]
    Meghan Rose Allen (Mount Allison University): The Only One In The Room: Teaching as an Act of Welcoming-In [slides]
  • 14:45 — 15:50: Session 4:
    Emil Simeonov (FH Technikum Wien, Austria)
    “Why do I need this?” Is Mathematics becoming increasingly an alibi-subject?
  • 15:50 — 16:20: Break
  • 16:20 — 16:50: Session 5: Open Discussion
  • 16:50 — 17:00: Closing Remarks – Miroslav Lovric and Veselin Jungic


Plenary Lecture Presentation Slides:

Johanna Rämö (University of Eastern Finland, Finland): 2024 FYMSiC Johanna Ramo

Annie Savard (McGill University, Canada): 2024 FYMSiC Annie Savard 

Emil Simeonov (FH Technikum Wien, Austria): 2024 FYMSiC Emil Simeonov


PDF version of the conference itinerary: 2024 FYMSiC Conference Itinerary


Kia Ora FYMSiC! 🙂
Thanks to the wonderful Andrea Hyde (College of the Rockies), two great job opportunities are presented to FYMSiC:
First job.
Part-time Instructor – Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Mathematics Department, Capilano University
Closed date: 06/05/2024
Second job.
Regular Probationary Faculty – Mathematics
Douglas College
Waimarie pai, FYMSiC! 🙂




Thanks to our dear FYMSiC friend, Sean Fitzpatrick (Lethbridge), sharing a great job opportunity!

Please circulate the ad below to the FYMSiC network:

This is a continuing position. Preferred qualification is a Master’s degree in Stats or Math. Duties will consist of teaching introductory stats labs, some courses in statistics, and potentially introductory courses or tutorials in mathematics.

To clarify the rank: at U of L, an Instructor II position usually requires a Master’s degree, and teaching is a mix of labs/tutorials and courses. An Instructor III position usually requires a PhD, and most of the teaching consists of courses.

This is an Instructor II position.



Ciao FYMSiC! 🙂

Thanks to our fabulous colleague Nicholas Harland (University of Manitoba), sharing a great job opportunity to pass along:

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg is seeking a new hire with at the rank of Instructor 1.

Applications are due by May 19th.

Potential applicants can find the job postings at the following links:

To teaching & learning of mathematics, FYMSiC! 🙂



A great opportunity to help out in a research project by a graduate student, Qiye Huang (Nipissing University), supervised by our dear colleague, Timothy Sibbald (Nipissing University)!


Message for FYMSiC’s members: 

I am Qiye Huang, a grad student from Nipissing University and I am currently researching the Impact of Grade 12 Mathematics Curriculum. I have a survey that I would like Ontario University STEM students to complete. I am interested in understanding how the cross-curricular content in the Grade 12 curriculum has prepared students for university-level studies in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. The participants of the survey are University students who are in STEM programs in Ontario, and who have previously taken Ontario high school math courses. Their valuable input will help them self-reflect on their Grade 12 mathematics education and think about how the cross-curricular contents help them with their studies and will contribute to informing future curriculum development and enhancing educational outcomes. The survey will take them 20-50 minutes to complete.

The survey has received approval from my thesis supervisor, Dr. Timothy Sibbald (, a professor, at Nipissing University and the Nipissing University Research Ethics Board (REB) (file number: 103519). Please do not complete the survey if you are or have been one of Dr. Sibbald’s students. The participants will be asked to answer questions about their experiences with Grade 12 Mathematics. The information needed from them is, for example, their year of university, program of study, and their experiences with Grade 12 Mathematics. If the participant is interested in winning a $25 Indigo gift card reward then their email address will be required. Their responses will remain confidential, and their email address will only be used for addressing the prize. It’s important to note that participation will remain anonymous for those who choose not to enter the draw and do not provide their email address.

Please circulate the survey link to university students, and other faculty who may also be able to circulate it, which is:

I can be contacted at if you have any questions. There is no set deadline for the survey. The link will be closed once enough responses have been collected.

Thank you so much for your consideration. 

Thank you,


Qiye Huang

Nipissing University

Help out, if you can, FYMSiC! 🙂


Oh FYMSiC! 🙂

A great math education event shared to you, FYMSiC, by the wonderful Ami Mamolo (Ontario Tech):

Dear members and friends of RUME,  

I am delighted to invite you and members of your department to a super cool workshop this summer:

Master Class in Teaching Math Modeling for Life Sciences

23 – 28, June 2024

Hosted by the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University.

The workshop is designed for faculty members interested in launching a new life science modeling course that would be an alternative to calculuswithin the next couple of years. You or your calc-teaching colleagues that you pass this notice on to will learn to use modern computational tools to teach calc in a rigorous, modeling-centric way (e.g., Jupyter notebooks), develop your syllabus for a new modeling course to fit your own institutional context, dig into student thinking by looking at student work on assessments, and observe students building the concepts by watching colleagues teach Mathematical Modeling course at Harvard’s Summer School (more info on HSS:

Please pass this note along to anyone you might know who would be interested, but space is limited, as is funding, so please get your app materials submitted by April 15th!

You can contact myself (Jennifer Czocher, or the other excellent organizers Brendan Kelly ( and Alan Garfinkel ( for further information.

Hope to see you (or your lovely colleagues) there,


Jennifer A. Czocher, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics

Texas State University

Stay saucy, FYMSiC!

It’s all about the awesome sauce. 🙂




Amenda Chow (Associate Professor, Teaching, York University) received the 2023 York University Faculty of Science Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. 

Press Release:

Lynda Colgan (Professor Emerita, Queen’s University) received the 2023 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award.

Press Release:


In the News

Lauren DeDieu, Associate Professor (Teaching), University of Calgary was featured in Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, Class of 2023.

Retrieved from: 



Xinli Wang (Instructor, University of Manitoba) received the University of Manitoba Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Support Fund, Teaching Scholar (2023-2024). 
Project Title: Investigating whether artificial intelligence systems can help math students in learning mathematical proofs more effectively

Press Release:

Andie Burazin (Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Mississauga), Lauren DeDieu (Associate Professor (Teaching), University of Calgary), Veselin Jungic (Teaching Professor, Simon Fraser University), and Miroslav Lovric (Professor, McMaster University) received a CMS Endowment Grant and PIMS Discretionary Funding.
Project Title: Canadian Mathematics Instructor Repository



An announcement from Eugene Li (Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Langara College):

As of May 1, 2024, our Mathematics and Statistics Department at Langara College will be split into two separate departments: Department of Mathematics, and Department of Statistics and Data Analytics (called STADA). STADA is the first statistics department at a college in British Columbia, if not in Canada as well. And I have the honour to be the founding Chair of STADA.


Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication
to mathematics and statistics education!

For past FYMSiC News, please visit the Past News.


FYMSiC Online Teaching Meetups

Online Teaching Meetups are a great virtual space to have a conversation about math and stats teaching and learning with students and educators. Each meetup has a specific theme such as ‘How to teach ‘em math proofs in first-year and beyond?’ or ‘What is CEGEP?’ or ‘Transitioning to university: high school teachers’ experiences and views’, which may be accompanied by a couple of presentations – but for sure, a healthy, therapeutic and cathartic dialogue is always there about teaching and learning!


Upcoming meetup … 

Wednesday, March 20th, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. (EDT)

Title: Let’s focus on content and good examples PART 3


By the end of [blank] course, my students should know or be familiar with the following mathematical content: ____________ , so that they can succeed in subsequent mathematics courses or elsewhere.


First and foremost, we want to THANK all presenters. *You are awesome!* 🙂

To finish off the meet up focus this Winter 2024 term … we will have four presenters give 5–15-minute presentations about the content and possible some good examples of their calculus course or the first-year calculus course sequence:

*Dan Wolczuk (University of Waterloo)

Course Schedules:  MATH 127 Course Schedule & MATH 128 Course Schedule

Course Notes: coming soon in April

*Ivan Khatchatourian (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Presentation Slides: MAT137/138 Calculus

*Mark Hamilton (Mount Allison University)

Presentation Slides: “New” Calculus Courses

*Brian Forrest (University of Waterloo)

Presentation Slides: MATH137/138 Calculus for Honours Mathematics

Course and Lecture Notes: 



If anyone else would like to share things about their calculus course content and good examples, please join the meet up and we will give you the time to shine.

Again, thank you presenters! ^^^


Most recent meetup …

♦ Wednesday, February 28th, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. (EST)

 Title: Let’s focus on content and good examples PART 2


By the end of [blank] course, my students should know or be familiar with the following mathematical content: ____________ , so that they can succeed in subsequent mathematics courses or elsewhere.

Notes of the meetup: 


Save the date …

♦ Coming soon . . .


For past FYMSiC Online Teaching Meetups & Events and Resources mentioned and discussed, please visit the Meetups page.


Other Math & Stats Education Events

May 9th, 2024 [Online]: FYMSiC One-day Online Conference: Why are we teaching mathematics today?

May 31st — June 3rd, 2024 [In Person]: 2024 Canadian Mathematical Society Summer Meeting, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

May 31st — June 4th, 2024 [In Person]: 2024 Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group Meeting, Laval, Québec

June 11th — June 14th, 2024 [In Person]: 2024 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), Niagara Falls, Ontario

July 7th — 14th, 2024 [In Person]: 15th International Congress on Mathematical Education, Come and Be Counted!, Sydney, Australia

November 8th — 10th, 2024 [Hybrid]: 2024 National Numeracy Network Annual Meeting, George Brown College/The Fields Institute, Toronto

November 29th — December 2nd, 2024 [In Person]: 2024 Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting, Richmond/Vancouver, British Columbia


Fields Institute Mathematics Education Forum

Meeting Information:

The Fields Institute Mathematics Education Forum promotes discussion of issues in mathematics education at all levels, with special emphasis on education in the Province of Ontario. The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences serves as the host of the Forum, but does not determine the agenda or the conclusions of the Forum. It is the goal of the Forum to consider objectively new ideas and diverse views in mathematics education, to facilitate consensus and to promote the enhancement of mathematics education in Ontario and Canada.

The Forum’s mandate is to foster the development of new ideas, methodologies and materials with respect to possible changes that could improve education in mathematics, and to work for the implementation of such changes.


University of Waterloo Mathematics Teaching Seminar

The Mathematics Teaching Seminar at the University of Waterloo is a biweekly meeting featuring discussions on undergraduate mathematics teaching. Participants in the seminar include lecturers, research faculty, and graduate students from all four of Waterloo’s mathematics departments and the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, as well as faculty members and teaching enthusiasts from around the world. Those who would like to attend are encouraged to reach out to the organizers, Burcu Tuncer Karabina and Chelsea Uggenti


FYMSiC Newsletter

Latest issue …

Issue 14 – February 9th, 2024

Our fifteenth issue is coming out in July 2024. If you wish to contribute to our Newsletter, please visit the Newsletter page.

Please send your contributions in Microsoft Word or LaTex (source) formats to: 

For the fifteenth newsletter issue, the contribution deadline is on Friday, July 12th, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. (PDT). 


FYMSiC Latest Share ….

Takes to the wonderful and wise Barb Forrest (UW), great free first-year calculus course and lecture notes for anyone to use:

Calculus 1 course notes and lectures: 

Calculus 2 course notes and lectures: 

Inspire, FYMSiC ! 🙂


FYMSiC Recent Publications

For previously announced Publications, please visit the T&L Resources page.


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