How to manage grad school, a part-time job (or jobS), a relationship (or a family) and not to go crazy? If you’ve been to grad school for over 6 month you have probably figured out that it’s a rhetorical question. However, we c an always brainstorm strategies to “Keep calm and ______”. The next question … More 4.5 Ways to “Keep Calm And __[incert anything]”
Some people perceive millennials as a generation of spoiled coffee-drinking infantile youngsters with hyper-extended childhood who take about 30 years to ‘find themselves’ only to find themselves working as baristas while pretending to be engaged in ‘vaguely creative activities’. Misconceptions about graduate students, especially the ones in humanities go even further. Just for laughs – here … More Assorted Stereotypes About Grads
This weekend was really mathematical for me! I went to Canadian Mathematical Society Annual Winter Meeting! This year it was held in Niagara falls. We didn’t get to see the falls and the fire alarm nearly chased us out of the conference halls, but overall the trip was incredibly productive and fun. I also met … More Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting 2016 – Niagara!
I work with teens and most of them love arguments and debates [i love debates as well!] But debating is a form of art. Some of my students have not mastered it yet, so they often end up having a ‘teenage debate’. A ‘teenage debate’ is a discussion where participants criticize each other instead of … More How not to have a ‘teenage debate’
I’m a math teacher and a graduate student. I don’t teach at a public school. Instead I teach at special programs for gifted children, or work with children individually. I guess that makes me a freelancing math teacher.
There’s no Nobel Prize in math but there’s a Fields Medal which is given to mathematicians under the age of 40 for their outstanding achievements. Every year Toronto’s Fields Institute hosts an annual Fields Medal Symposium to honor one of the medalists. This time we have Prof. Manjul Bhargava – a number theorist born in … More Fields Medal Symposium 2016
One very common example of a graph is Internet. … More Math Snippet: Graphs, Instagram, Internet
The lines between the ‘body’and the ‘image’ of knowledge can blur. One of such ‘grey’ area is education. … More Pedagogy -Balancing on the Border of the ‘Image’ and the ‘Body’ of Knowledge
Do you ever have these awkward 5-minute time slots in your day when you are either waiting for a bus, getting ready for a conference call, etc.? Here are a couple of ideas on what to do in those 5 min. You can exercise, snap photos, call a friend… the rest of it is on … More Things to do in 5 spare minutes
All of us have a creative bone in our bodies. Have you ever broken in? If so, I posted a step-by-step guide for recovering your creativity just in time for the back-to-school season. http://www.lifehack.org/456391/5-steps-to-get-creative-again How do you stay in tune with your creative side? Any tips?
Are you trying to become a ‘morning person’ for the back-to-school season? See a tip that would help with beating the morning grogginess while keeping you productive. http://www.lifehack.org/452497/one-tip-for-beating-the-morning-grogginess What do you do during your morning commute?
Another post on Lifehacker.Org about taking 5 minutes a day to start off a project hat you have been putting off, finding and eliminating the reasons that are holding you back. http://www.lifehack.org/445462/start-a-project-you-have-been-putting-off-in-just-5-steps Is there a project that you have been putting off?
I became a contributing author for Lifehack.Org Here is my first post about math anxiety inducing phrases that all of us should avoid when talking to kids about math or academic subject matter in general. http://www.lifehack.org/431623/3-phrases-that-contribute-to-math-anxiety-in-children Lifehack.org would not appreciate if I just pasted my post here, but in short, whenever you talk to kids … More Math Anxiety Inducing Phrases
I always get an extra boost of creativity, motivation and productivity in my graduate research after periods of teaching. I’ve been working at different math summer camps for the last few weeks, and the experience was tiring and challenging at times. However, after the camps were finished I noticed that some ideas related to my … More A ‘quirk’ that Dedekind, Mendeleev and Hilbert had in common 🙂
This summer I have been teaching a Online Math Kangaroo Enrichment Classes for grade 4. In each class we looked at several core concepts and then solved numerous problems that resembled problems from Math Kangaroo Contests. Teaching an online class was a new experience for me and I am extremely happy that i had a chance … More Teaching an online course: Online Math Kangaroo Enrichment Classes
I was honored to be one of the speakers at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics held with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Once again, I was speaking of various regional differences in the Soviet mathematics education. The comments from the attendees were … More Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2014
Last week Department of Mathematics of UofT welcomed school teachers and teachers in training for a week of professional enrichment – Classroom Adventures in Mathematics Summer Institute 2014. UofT faculty and graduate students spoke to the teachers about enrichment of traditional curriculum for students of different ages and academic backgrounds as well as highlighting the … More Classroom Adventures in Mathematics Summer Institute 2014
Last week I had a pleasure of being a camp coordinator of Canada Math Camp! Working at a camp is always intense but very exciting. Although it can be tiring at times, I can’t wait to do it all over again already! Canada Math Camp is for students who achieved high scores at the Canada … More Canada Math Camp 2014
Last Thursday I, along with a great group of volunteers, had a pleasure to participate in the Toronto Distillery District Geek Street Fair powered by Google. The event was designed to demonstrate how fun and exciting STEM subjects can be. Read more about this event at out new website at http://mathplus.math.utoronto.ca/home/a_geek_street
On May 3rd and 4th York University hosted the Localities conference. See the following link for the program that was offered http://yorkustsgradconference2014.wordpress.com/program/ I was honored to be one of the speakers. I was speaking of regional differences in mathematics and science education of the Soviet Students. This was a new talk that I have recently prepared and … More Localities – Graduate Student Conference at York University