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Mentorship matters: In memory of Dr. Gordon Gore

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

A number of years ago I read a book by one of my favourite authors – Mitch Albom, “The  Five  People You  Meet  in Heaven”.  One of the themes of this book is that some people we encounter in our lives make a profound impact on us independently if we realized that at the time […]

Special Issue: Towards a Sustainable Future through innovative STEM Education

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Dear STEM Education researchers, educators, teachers and students: We are very excited to announce a Call for Papers in the new special issue of MDPI journal. Please read the information below. Special Issue “Towards a Sustainable Future through Innovative STEM Education” Print Special Issue Flyer Special Issue Editors Special Issue Information Keywords Published Papers A […]

CATALYST 2020 BC Science Teachers Conference

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

This Friday, I was invited to take part in the BC Science Teachers’ Association Annual Conference, called Catalyst. This is an annual gathering of science teachers from all across British Columbia. Usually, most of the teachers come from the Lower Mainland as the conference often happens here. However, this year it was an online conference […]

Myths about Face-To-Face and Online Education

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

As thousands of teachers all around the world are making their final preparations for our online courses, I would like to share a few thoughts on the biggest myth related to online and face-to-face education – the level of student engagement. Actually, I decided to do that after responding to an interviewer’s question on Spice […]

A New Challenge or a New Opportunity

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. (Ulysses, Lord Tennyson) Every year at the end of August many K-12 and post-secondary teachers like me feel excited and a little bit nervous. What will the next academic year bring us? Who will come to our classrooms? What interesting novel activities and experiments will […]

Selected Media Interviews: Education in the Times of COVID-19

Monday, August 17th, 2020

This is a list of my recent interviews on the topics related to the education in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic: A CBC Interview (via Zoom) with Jessica Wong on the topic of changes to school year during the pandemic and their impact on the students, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/high-school-educators-condensed-schedule-1.5788334 , November 8, 2020. A Zoom interview […]

Getting Ready for a New & Unusual School Year

Friday, August 14th, 2020

It is the middle of August… Moreover, it is the middle of August 2020, which has been one of the strangest summer months in decades.  Most of us have spent this summer at home, or had a chance to do some small travels exploring our outdoors – such as nearby parts and campsites. If you […]

Presentation at the International LUMAT Symposium 2020

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

I was honored to give an invited talk at the International LUMAT Research Symposium 2020 on June 3, 2020.  The goal of my talk was to consider the following questions: What does it mean to move from STEM to STEAM? What do we gain and what do we lose by expanding the acronym? What is […]

The Silver Lining of the Pandemic: Implications for STEM Teacher Education

Friday, May 29th, 2020

While it is clear that the pandemic wreaked havoc in many areas of education, there is a clear positive outcome of the pandemic – we realized that we can use technology to bring us closer, rather than to move us apart. It is very unfortunate, it took a disaster like COVID-19, to show us the […]

Supporting Children’s Education during the Pandemic: A webinar for UNA community

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. – Khalil Gibran (Your Children, from The Prophet) When my children were growing up and I was struggling […]

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