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Inquiry III course at UBC Teacher Education

I am teaching a summer Inquiry course for future mathematics and science teachers. As I was planning this course I decided to make it as exciting and relevant for the teacher-candidates and for myself as I could. So every meeting I try to share some interesting teaching ideas with them and to learn from them as much as I can. Moreover, I try to share teaching ideas that cross traditional boundaries of subjects and cultures. For example, today we discussed Pythagoras’s cup. If you do not know what it is, take a look at this amazing video:

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I didn’t realize how many fantastic ideas you can bring together while talking about it. For example, a few students mentioned the idea of aquaponics, which I didn’t know about:

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For mathematics and science teachers to bring ideas together and to connect them to the everyday life is very important. This all would not have happened if my teacher-candidates didn’t want to participate. But luckily they do!

UBC mathematics and science teacher-candidates from Inquiry III course.

I have to say that the success of any course depends on the students as much as it depends on the teacher. I am lucky with the students who signed up for my course. Today as we walked around UBC and explored our beautiful campus, I was thinking that the next year these young people will inspire the next generation of students.

I hope the rest four weeks of the Inquiry III course will be as exciting as the first two.

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