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41 1/2 UBC Physics Olympics

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

On Saturday, March 6th, we held 41 1/2 UBC Physics Olympics. This was a completely virtual event and since we have never done it before, we were not sure how it will go. I am so glad to share that the event was a huge success. It was a collaboration of the UBC Department of […]

The Pleasure of Findings Things Out

Saturday, February 20th, 2021

Many years ago, when I was a little girl, my grandfather gave me a gift. As it was very common in our family – it was a book. The book had a smiling man with unruly curly hair on its cover. It was a translation of a book written by an American physicist – Richard […]

New Year, New Aspirations, and Old Challenges

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Today is the first day of the winter term in 2021. As always, early January is the time for new aspirations, new hopes, and new resolutions. This year is no different even if sometimes it feels like everything is different now. I would argue that at least in the context of teaching many of the […]

New STEM Videos on our STEM Videos for All Channel

Monday, December 14th, 2020

This year my Physics Methods course, as most of other courses on UBC campus moved online. I have to say that with all its challenges, it was a positive experience for me. I think I was able to interact with my students as much as we did during our Face-2-Face courses. We also discussed interesting […]

The Half Glass Full of the Current Situation

Monday, December 7th, 2020

While it is clear to everybody that a current situation with the COVID-19 is troublesome, we cannot ignore the positive outcomes that came with the necessity of learning how to teach online. For example, in recent months, I took part in many amazing online seminars and workshops that were only possible because now we all […]

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 […]

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