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Hello FYMSiC,

Have you ever needed or wanted . . .

  • To discuss a new course (course content, delivery, assessments, resources, etc.) you are teaching and have no one to reach out to?
  • Advice and tips on how to write a grant application or a paper?
  • Collaborators or speakers for an event that you are planning to organize?
  • To work on a mathematics or mathematics education research project or outreach initiative?

Well, look no further! FYMSiC PROFILES is here! 🙂

Supported by PIMS and CMS, FYMSiC has created FYMSiC Profiles, an accessible online repository whose purpose is to better connect the mathematics community in Canada and beyond. This centralized, password-protected, user-verified repository contains self-entered data about instructors, including professional contact information, courses taught, research interests, research projects, publications, and resources. It is easily searchable, so you can use it to find other members of the community with similar interests!

You can access FYMSiC Profiles through the FYMSiC website: www.firstyearmath.ca 

But you need to register! 

We will not share the FYMSiC Profile data with anyone.

The only individuals who have access to FYMSiC Profiles are those who were verified when registering for the FYMSiC website.

To register …

  1. Please visit www.firstyearmath.ca .
  2. In the toolbar at the top of the page, click on ‘Register’. (Note that if you registered for a FYMSiC account prior to April 2024, you will need to register again to access FYMSiC profiles as we started on a clean slate.) 
  3. On the Create an Account web page, fill out Account Details (username with no spaces, email, and password) and Profile Details (full name, position/job title, institution/company, state/province/territory, and country). After filling in all required fields, click on ‘Complete Sign Up’.
  4. You will have to wait about 48 hours or less to be verified. Once the FYMSiC Team checks your Account and Profile Details, you will receive an email that you are approved.
  5. After the email, you can log into your account and fill in your profile with as much information as you feel comfortable sharing: courses taught, research interests, research projects, publications, and resources. Please think of keywords that would be easily searchable. For example, you can write the course code, but this may not mean anything to someone at a different institution. So, provide a short description of the course such as ‘several variables calculus’. Check out the FYMSiC Profiles of the FYMSiC Team to see how you might want to format your FYMSiC Profile.
  6. You can edit your information at any time when logged into your account. We will contact individuals to do an update ‘spring-cleaning’ once or twice a year.
  7. If you wish for your FYMSiC Profile to be deleted, please email: Andie Burazin a.burazin@utoronto.ca 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact: Andie Burazin a.burazin@utoronto.ca

We will send out a reminder email to sign up for FYMSiC Profiles in about a week.

Again, we hope that this initiative helps us all to better connect with the mathematics community in Canada and beyond.

That is FYMSiC’s main goal.

Thanks for joining FYMSiC Profiles! 🙂

 

G’Day FYMSiC! 🙂

Passing along a fantastic math ed event thanks to our wonderful FYMSiC friend, Ana Duff (Ontario Tech). Check it out!


For those within the commuting distance of Ontario Tech University (Oshawa, Ontario):

We would like to invite you to an in-person workshop that we will be leading as part of our research into teaching problem-solving using a systematic approach. The workshop will take place at Ontario Tech University on August 19 – 21, 2024 (Monday – Wednesday). The workshop is intended for educators in mathematics and related fields. If you categorize yourself as one, your knowledge, experience and skills in teaching problem-solving in these areas will provide an invaluable contribution to the workshop discussions and the research project as a whole.

There is no fee associated with the workshop. Those already signed up come from across the spectrum of experience, including high school, college, and university teaching in math and other areas. We welcome the diversity of experience, particularly in teaching problem-solving.

We attach the official letter of invitation which includes more detailed information about the workshop and the research related to the workshop. We would be grateful if you could let us know as soon as you are able if attending this workshop may be a possibility, with a final confirmation (or the decline of the invitation) by July 15, 2024. The best way to do so is by email to ana.duff@ontariotechu.ca.

Additionally, it would be wonderful if you could share this invitation with other teachers who may be interested in the subject of teaching problem-solving and who are located in the Oshawa commuting area. If you or they have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Workshop leadership team: Ana Duff, Kseniya Garaschuk and Lynn Pacarynuk

*** OFFICIAL INVITATION LETTER: Invitation – Teaching problem-solving workshop 2024 ***

To teaching problem solving in math, FYMSiC! 🙂

 

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Just passing along a great job opportunity thanks to the wonderful and fantastic Brian Forrest (Waterloo) via Ian VanderBurgh (CEMC):

The CEMC has posted a new Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream position.  For this particular position, the success candidate will be First Nations, Métis, or Inuk (Inuit).  The position will involve teaching at the University of Waterloo as well as taking a leadership role in the CEMC’s efforts to support the Indigenization of mathematics and/or computing education in K to 12 schools across Canada.

More details can be found here:
https://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/career-opportunities.html

Great stuff, FYMSiC! 🙂

 

Howdie, FYMSiC! 🙂

Passing along a numeracy education event happening in Toronto this November, thanks to our colleague Luke Tunstall (Trinity University, Texas):

Greetings, colleagues,

There are five months until we gather in Toronto, Canada for the NNN 2024 Annual Meeting! See the site here for the call for proposals and for registration. You will see that the priority deadline for proposals is July 1, 2024

Additionally, note we are excited to announce our two keynote events

  1. On Friday, November 8, 2024, we will be joined in person by Kees Hoogland, professor of Mathematical and Analytical Competence of Professionals at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands. Kees is active as member of the OECD Numeracy Expert Group for PIAAC, and project leader of the Erasmus+ projects: Common European Numeracy Framework and Numeracy in Practice. 
  2. On Saturday, November 9, we will have a keynote panel on quantitative centers in higher education; both Canadian and U.S. center leaders will share their experiences and insights into quantitative centers and their role in promoting quantitative reasoning in higher education. Our two lead panelists are Catherine McCune, Director of the Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Chris Stewart, Quantitative Reasoning Coordinator at Quest University in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. 

We hope you are as excited as we are to engage with our keynote presenters.

On a logistical note, for those individuals coming from outside of Canada, now is a good time to check and/or update your passport to ensure you don’t run into any issues in November! 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Best wishes,

Luke 

— 

Luke Tunstall, Ph.D. (he/him)

Director, Quantitative Reasoning and Skills Center | Lecturer, Department of Mathematics

President, National Numeracy Network

Coates Library 308E | 210.999.8033 | Luke.Tunstall@trinity.edu

Schedule a meeting with me

Let’s be numerate, FYMSiC! 🙂

 

Congratulations

Awards

Chantal Buteau (Professor of Mathematics, Brock University) received the 2023 Brock University Distinguished Teaching Award. Press Release: https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2023/12/outstanding-faculty-instructors-lauded-for-teaching-excellence/

Christopher Eagle (Associate Teaching Professor, University of Victoria) received the 2024 CMS Excellence in Teaching Award. Press Release: https://cms.math.ca/news-item/dr-christopher-eagle-to-receive-the-2024-excellence-in-teaching-award/

Lauren DeDieu (Associate Professor (Teaching), University of Calgary) received the 2024 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award. Press Release: https://www.fields.utoronto.ca/news/Dr-Lauren-DeDieu-receives-2024-Margaret-Sinclair-Memorial-Award


Matt Coles (Educational Program Director and Honourary Lecturer, University of British Columbia) received the 2023-2024 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. Press Release: https://www.math.ubc.ca/news-events/awards/apr-16-2024-matt-coles-awarded-killam-teaching-award

Peter Taylor (Professor, Queen’s University) received the 2024 Graham Wright Award. Press Release: https://cms.math.ca/news-item/dr-peter-taylor-named-2024-graham-wright-award-recipient/

Trefor Bazzet (Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Victoria) received the 2024 PIMS Education Award. Press Release: https://www.uvic.ca/science/math-statistics/home/home/announcements/current/2024-bazett-pims-edu-award.php#:~:text=Trefor%20Bazett%20was%20awarded%20the,Congratulations%20Trefor

Edward Dolittle (Associate Professor, First Nations University of Canada) recognized in the CMS 2024 Class of Fellows. Press Release: https://cms.math.ca/news-item/canadian-mathematical-societys-2024-class-of-fellows-announced/

 

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, August 21st, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT)

Title: Swimming optimistically towards the new academic year: What is exciting and new?

Abstract: Open discussion and catch up.

Zoom link: TBA

Passcode: TBA

 

Most recent meetup …

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

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

Abstract: 

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: 

MATH137 https://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/~baforres/UCM137/Lectures/BarbsM137Lectures.html

MATH138

https://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/~baforres/UCM138/Lectures/BarbsM138Lectures.html

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! ^^^

 

Save the date …

♦ Fall term coming soon . . .

 

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

 


Other Math & Stats Education Events

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, Toronto, Ontario

November 22nd — 23rd, 2024 [Online]: 2024 CMS MathEd (Online) Meeting

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

 

Fields Institute Mathematics Education Forum

Meeting Information: http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/centres/centre-mathematics-education

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

Current 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: newsletter@firstyearmath.ca 

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:

https://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/~baforres/UCM137/Lectures/BarbsM137Lectures.html 

Calculus 2 course notes and lectures:

https://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/~baforres/UCM138/Lectures/BarbsM138Lectures.html 

Inspire, FYMSiC ! 🙂

 


FYMSiC Recent Publications

 

  • Blanck, N., & Jungić, V. (2024). A Threading Path to a Ramsey Number, The Journal of Mathematics and Arts. Retrieved from:  https://doi.org/10.1080/17513472.2024.2321562
  • Burazin, A., Jungic, V., & Lovric, M. (2024). A detailed look at continuity in Calculus textbooks, International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 1–17. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2024.2337943
  • Gerofsky, S., & Fellus, O. (December 6, 2023). JCACS interviews Susan Gerofsky: Where is mathematics in everyday life. YouTube channel: Curriculum without borders. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT34KN7Bqfg&t=387s
  • Fellus, O., Freiman, V., *Lurette, O. (2024). Rapturousness in makerspaces: Delight in construction. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Mathematics and its connections to the Arts and Sciences (MACAS), Moncton 2022. IAP. 
  • Fellus, O., Khan, S., & *La France, S. (forthcoming). Weaving identity in mathematics education: Fads, fictions, fibers, and freedoms / Le tissage d’une identité dans l’enseignement des mathématiques: les modes, les histoires, les ficelles et les libertés. In J. Holm (Ed). Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group (CMESG).
  • Freiman, V., & Fellus, O. (2024). Spatial reasoning in authentic contexts of an engineering challenge: Tapping into children’s intuitive understanding of relationships between objects and self. The 26th ICMI Study: Advances in Geometry education. Reims, France. https://icmistudy26.sciencesconf.org/data/pages/ICMI_Study_Pre_Proceedings.pdf
  • Jungić, V. (2024). The Never-ending Happiness of Erdős’s Mathematics, The Mathematical Intelligencer, 46 (10), 33-41. Retrieved from:  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00283-023-10267-5
  • Lacerda Jacinto, E., Towers, J., & Martin, L. (2024). “They know how to navigate…but they don’t know where to go”: Students’ Feedback on Mathematics Teachers’ Practices. Alberta Journal of Educational Research70(1), 130–141. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.55016/ojs/ajer.v70i1.77811
  • Mason, J., Watson, A., & Fellus, O., (December 6, 2023). JCACS interviews Anne Watson and John Mason: Mathematics in the curriculum. YouTube channel: Curriculum without borders. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMx1haggeUs&t=1s
  • Polotskaia, E., Savard, A., Fellus, O., & Freiman, V. (2023). Equilibrated development approach to word problem solving in elementary grades: Fostering relational thinking. In K. Robinson (Ed.), Mathematical Teaching and Learning: Perspectives on Mathematical Minds in the Elementary and Middle School Years (pp. 29–50). Cham: Springer International Publishing. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-31848-1_3
 
For previously announced Publications, please visit the T&L Resources page.

 


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