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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 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 […]

Celebrating Math and Science at UBC Faculty of Education

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Yesterday, on October 19th, 2019 we hosted our 9th Family Math and Science Day. We had more than 600 guests and almost 150 volunteers. We started this event in 2010 and we were not sure how many people would be on board. I was lucky that my colleague – a math educator Dr. Cynthia Nicol […]

STEM in Teacher Education: A Canadian Perspective

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

I was very fortunate to be invited to be a part of an science education research panel at the University of Toronto Science Mathematics and Technology Centre. The panel was organized by Dr. Carol-Ann Burke and led by Prof. Douglas McDougall from OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). The panel challenged us to think […]

Feeling Proud of my Students!

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Today I participated in BC Association of Physics Teachers Professional Development event. It was a very successful event and I wrote about it on the BCAPT web site. However, what made it especially memorable and special for me is that I had an opportunity to meet my former students who are now physics teachers in […]

New Year and the Homework Battles

Friday, August 31st, 2018

As I am writing my last blog post this summer, I have noticed a number of new posts online on the “stop-homework-before-it-stops-us” movement. The movement, or at least the way I understood it, aims to abolish homework in our schools as it has very low value (if not a negative value) in the eyes of […]

Meeting Sheila Tobias

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Last week I had a very special opportunity that I almost missed…  UBC Faculty of Applied Science invited Sheila Tobias to present a special lecture .  I have learned about Sheila Tobias many years ago. When I was working on my Ph.D. at the University of TX at Austin, my supervisor advised me to read Sheila’s […]

UBC 39th Physics Olympics

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

I am very happy to report that 39th UBC Physics Olympics was a huge success. We had a record number of teams (69!) from all over BC (more than 500 British Columbia students came to participate!) and more than 60 amazing volunteers – faculty, students and staff from the Faculty of Science (Department of Physics […]

PISA 2015 Results

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Future School 2030 Conference in BJ

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

I am very fortunate to participate in a very special conference organized by the Beijing Advanced Innovation Centre for Future Education under the auspieces of the Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University. The goal of the project to facilitate a collaboration between researchers at BNU and other countries (Finland, Canada, etc.) in the field […]

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