October 2012

Archive for October, 2012

TLEF Showcase: Presentation of MSTLTT Project

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

My students (Heather Fisher, Alex MadDonald, Jeremy Ko and Kevin Yin) and I have been working on the presentation about our Mathematics and Science through Technology Project. We are going to present it on Monday, during the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Conference. It is very exciting as we have put lots of efforts into […]

Italy Finds Scientists Guilty…

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

This is an article from NPR – October 22, 2012. Believe it or not, but I am completely dumbfounded by this news. Is it 21st century Europe? What is going on there? I think the next step will be to burn those scientists at the stake… Oh wait, this has been done before…

BCAPT Fall 2012 Meeting at TRIUMF

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

I had a great opportunity to attend the BCAPT Fall 2012 Meeting together with more than 60 other physics teachers from all over BC. I just wanted to tell you how much impressed I was by the presentation of Dr. Bernd Stelzer from Simon Fraser University who spoke about the recent discoveries in the field […]

Evolution Versus Creationism: What should science teachers do?

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

I am teaching a very interesting (at least for me) graduate course on the Research in Science Teaching and Learning. Our last meeting focused on the Nature of Science and we of course had an opportunity to discuss the Evolution-Creationism controversy that has been raging for decades South of the border and also in Canada… […]

Taking My Students to a Physics Teaching Conference

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

On Saturday, October 13th, five of my students and I drove to Bellingham, Washington to attend a Washington Section AAPT Conference. I have posted my feedback about the conference here. It was a very special event and I felt that in some way I am repaying a “debt” of more than 12 years ago. Then […]

Why Do I Like Physics Teaching?

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Publish or Perish: The State of Academic Publishing in Science Education

Friday, October 12th, 2012

As I am going through my tenure and promotion process, I have a chance to think of the value of my own publications and my own contributions to the field of science education. What is the impact of my own studies? Do they truly matter? Do they have any impact on science education or on […]

Sure Enough the Second Stump Was Once a Teacher

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

This is my mom’s artwork… I hope that these pictures represent our work…  I, however, have to admit that I like both pictures. I am not sure which one of the stumps, my mom meant to be “the second stump” and if the first stump could not have represented a teacher as well… I remember […]

World Teachers’ Day – October 5, 2012

Friday, October 5th, 2012

I just found out that October 5th has been designated by UNESCO as World Teachers’ Day. I was glad that it is an official day and many great teachers all over the world will be recognized today. Teachers play such an important role in our lives… I also hope that Teachers who inspire their students […]

Family Math and Science Fair 2012

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Once again my colleagues, students and I are thinking of our Family Math and Science Day at the Faculty of Education. This year it will take place on October 27th. I am happy to know it is becoming a tradition… I hope we have lots of guests and enough volunteers!

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