Events

  • Event: Consecutive Teacher Education information sessions

    Thinking about a teaching career? Registration for information sessions on Brock’s Consecutive Teacher Education program is now open.

    During the information sessions, you can learn more about:

    • the flow of the 16-month(2-year) program
    • courses
    • practicums
    • two campuses (St. Catharines and Hamilton)
    • admission requirements (academic and experience profile)

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  • Event: A Celebration of Mathematics

    OAME Golden Section Spring Conference

    The OAME Golden Section Spring Conference takes place in Welch Hall at Brock University on Wednesday, April 17. The conference is presented by the Golden Section of OAME, Brock University Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Brock University Department of Mathematics and Brock University Faculty of Education.

    This year, the conference features a keynote by the inspiring Bill Ralph.

    Registration Information

    Conference Fee

    • $30.00 for OAME member
    • $35.00 for non-member
    • $10 for Faculty of Education Students
    • Dinner: additional $25.00

    All registration will be done electronically at www.oame.on.ca/mcis starting on Tuesday, March 26th. Click on Conferences Open For Registration, then click on Online Registration for Golden MiniConference 2019. If you have questions regarding registration, please e-mail: liisa.suurtamm@dsbn.org.

    Other questions can be directed to: elizabeth.pattison@dsbn.org or jaime.rootes@ncdsb.com.

    Driving Directions to Brock University can be found here: brocku.ca/directions. Parking is available in Lot D. When arriving, tell the parking attendant you are attending the OAME conference to be admitted into the lot. To locate Welch Hall, please view the map of the Brock Campus available at brocku.ca/maps.

    Schedule of Events

    3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Registration Welch Hall, Brock University
    4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Session A: Keynote – Dr. Bill Ralph
    5:15  p.m. to  p.m. 5:30 – Break
    5:30  p.m. to 6:45  p.m. – Session B: Workshops
    7:00 p.m. – Dinner in Pond Inlet, Brock University (dinner will be a buffet selection including salads, pasta, an entre with side dishes and desserts)

    Session A: Keynote

    After professing his love for mathematics for more than 30 years in the Faculty of Mathematics at Brock University, Bill Ralph is retiring! Over those 30 years, Bill has been a consistent and enthusiastic supporter of Golden Section – he has opened his classroom to our students, given talks at our spring conference, provoked our thinking about the role of technology at our inaugural fall social, welcomed students at our Math Olympics and given a keynote address when the Provincial OAME conference was hosted by Golden. But more importantly, Bill has been, and continues to be, an inspiration to many mathematics teachers in the Niagara Region and beyond.

    We are thrilled that Bill will enlighten, entertain and inspire us once again at our mini-conference. Bill will be sharing highlights of his many interests, with a focus on:

    BOOM OR DOOM –The Mathematical Ups And Downs Of The Stock Market

    If your house is built on quicksand, in an earthquake zone, and on a flood plain, then buying stocks will be as easy for you as falling off a cliff. If you’re very risk averse like me, you might want to bring a little mathematics into your investing to help you sleep at night. We’ll look at what mathematics tells us about predicting risk and return and see if it can explain why the teachers’ pension fund does so well. Bring some coins to toss for some hands-on experiments that could introduce your students (elementary or secondary!) to stock market mathematics. You might want to have a look at my financial website www.portfoliomath.com or my art website www.billralph.com.

    Session B: Workshops

    B1: Engaging Students in Mathematics Learning Through Games and Puzzles

    • Presenters: Mary Vetere & Melissa Wigglesworth, NCDSB
    • Audience: Grades K – 3
    • Are you looking for ideas to engage students in math learning? This session will explore a range of tasks that can be used immediately to get K-3 students excited about mathematics.

    B2: Engaging Students in Mathematics Learning Through Games and Puzzles

    • Presenters: Susan Ume & Jaime Rootes, NCDSB
    • Audience: Grades 4 – 8
    • Are you looking for ideas to engage students in math learning? This session will explore a range of tasks that can be used immediately to get 4-8 students excited about mathematics.

    B3: Inquiry Based-Learning in Mathematics in Junior/Intermediate Classrooms

    • Presenter: Gillian Berard, NCDSB
    • Audience: Grades 5 – 8
    • “How can I create a business?” Learn how to implement, assess and document student driven inquiries in the junior/intermediate classrooms in mathematics. Engage in activities that show how to create a class of deep learning, wonder, to spiral your program and to integrate multiple strands during an inquiry. Learn how to use questions and curiosities to engage students in your mathematics classroom with examples of financial literacy, woodworking, coding, building, cooking and much more …

    B5: Building a Thinking Classroom

    • Presenter: Braden Coles, DSBN
    • Audience: 9 – 12
    • Have you ever wondered who does the thinking in your classroom? Is it your students or you? During this session we will explore elements of Peter Liljedahl’s Thinking Classroom such as vertical non-permanent surfaces, visible random groupings and flow. In this session participants will learn about these elements and how they benefit student learning. Participants will explore problem solving in a vertical classroom, putting themselves in the position of the student and witness firsthand the benefits to student learning. [Note: This session will be different from the DSBN PD Day session.]

    B6: Let Me Tell You My Problems

    • Presenter: Angelo Lillo, DSBN
    • Audience: Grades 9 – 12
    • Problem based instruction is a great way to engage students in Mathematics. I try to use problems to begin my classes as often as possible, but it is sometimes difficult to find good ones that fit the curriculum. I have scoured the internet and other sources for problems that will challenge your students and help them to become creative thinkers and risk-takers. Join me for a hour where you will have a chance to work on some interesting problems that fit different parts of the secondary Mathematics curriculum. . [Note: This session will be different from the DSBN PD Day session.]

    B7: Can You Escape Math Class?

    • Presenter: Melissa Suita, DSBN
    • Audience: Grades 9 – 12
    • Escape Rooms are all the rage right now and students are just as hooked as adults. Why not take something as fascinating as an Escape Room experience and adapt it for the classroom environment! With just a few basic supplies, and a bit of creativity, you can create a similar experience for your math students.

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  • Event: Upcoming information sessions

    Information sessions for three Faculty of Education programs will take place on March 23 at the Hamilton Campus:

    • An information session for those who have completed (or will soon complete) a university degree and would like to apply to the Consecutive Teacher Education program to pursue a career in teaching. Register here to attend the information session.
    • An information session for those applying for admission to the January 2020 intake of the Technological Teacher Education to become a Technological Education Teacher and teach one of Ontario’s 10 Broad Based Technology curriculum. Register for the information session here.
    • An information session for those already holding an ECE diploma who are interested in earning a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) degree. Register here to attend the information session.

    Brock will be offering on-the-spot admissions to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education program. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please bring:

    • high school and post-secondary transcripts
    • photo ID
    • $100 application fee for full-time studies; $55 application fee for part-time studies

    Directions to the Hamilton Campus are available here.

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  • Event: Speaker to explore new grounds on race debate in Cuba

    Guest speaker Porfirio Samuel Furé Davis will explore the race debate in Cuba during a presentation hosted by Brock’s Faculty of Education on Tuesday, March 12.

    Race and racism have been controversial topics in Cuba in the post-revolutionary period. Furé’s talk will explore new grounds for the race debate in Cuba and provide insight into a complex discussion.

    A distinguished scholar and Professor Titular in the School of Foreign Languages at the University of Havana, Furé is known for his work on Afro-Caribbean oral tradition, Cuban reggae and Anglo-Caribbean literature, and is also the author of La Cultura Rastafari en Cuba, his seminal history of the Rastafarian movement in Cuba. He also serves as a host and a scholarly mentor to visiting international scholars who go to Cuba to study the issue of Black culture in Cuba.

    The talk was organized by Michael O’Sullivan, Associate Professor and Associate Dean Graduate Student Services, Research and International in the Faculty of Education. Furé has been connected with Brock since 2008 and has collaborated with O’Sullivan on a research project in the past.

    His talk takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in WH 206. All are welcome to attend.

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  • Event: Exhibition highlights self-portraits by high school students

    Local high school students will showcase their artistic skills through a new exhibition featured at Rodman Hall Art Centre over the next few weeks.

    Face Value: An Exploration of the Self-Portrait through a Multimodal Lens officially opens on Thursday, Jan. 17, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. at Rodman Hall. Light refreshments will be served with remarks about the project at 5 p.m. The exhibition runs until Feb. 24.Read more

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  • Event: Environmental Buzzwords and their Meanings

    Trevor Norris, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, will be speaking at an event co-hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Research Center (ESRC) and the Posthumanism Research Institute (PRI) to explore environmental buzzwords in our daily landscape. Researchers from PRI and ESRC will gather to investigate the meaning of five key environmental terms and concepts: “transformation,” “resilience,” “sustainability,” “stewardship,” and “consumerism.” Everyone is welcome to join  for the general discussion among presenters and audience members that will follow brief presentations on each term/concept.

    January 16, 2019 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Plaza 600F
    Everyone is welcome.

    Featuring Guest Speakers:

    • Julia Baird, Assistant Professor, ESRC & Department of Geography & Tourism Studies
    • Jessica Blythe, Assistant Professor, ESRC
    • Christine Daigle, Professor of Philosophy and PRI Director
    • Trevor Norris, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies and PRI Member
    • Ryan Plummer, Professor and ESRC Director

    Hosted By: David Fancy, Associate Professor, Dramatic Arts and PRI Member.

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  • Symposium to explore youth visual and cultural identity

    Whether it’s Instagram, Snapchat or another popular platform, social media has the ability to impact the way teens see themselves and how they form their own identity.

    This concept, as well as others surrounding social media, beauty ideals and visual and cultural identities in adolescents, will be discussed at a research symposium taking place at Brock on Friday, Feb. 1.

    Impression Management: Constructions of Visual and Cultural Identities in North American Adolescents brings together researchers from several institutions and disciplines. Held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pond Inlet, the event is open to all members of the Brock community.

    Two discussion panels will be held throughout the day, with speakers also giving brief presentations on their work around the theme of youth identity construction.

    “Identity is a key issue across disciplines because it is contested and difficult to navigate. Asserting identity raises issues of class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion and politics,” says Faculty of Education Professor and event organizer Fiona Blaikie.

    Her recent research has focused on youth visual and cultural identity constructions and the need for these to be explored in art education.

    “Identity is a particularly problematic issue in high schools as adolescents begin to establish their sense of self,” says Blaikie. This process shapes youth as individuals and impacts the social ecosystem of schools.

    “Studies of high school identities reveal various manifestations of power and agency within subcultures, as well as bullying and exclusion,” explains Blaikie.

    The role of technology, celebrity culture and social media on identity construction will also be explored during the symposium.

    Many forms of identity construction as well as the impact of celebrity and pop culture influencers are realized via social media, including Instagram, Snapchat and blogs.

    Blaikie is currently leading a research project that focuses on visual and cultural identities and beauty ideals in adolescents, encompassing intersectionality and visual art self-creations and constructions through social media and art making.

    Symposium speakers include:

    • Olga Ivashkevich, Associate Professor, School of Art and Design at the University of South Carolina: Beyond “Bad” Bodies: Adjudicated Girls Perform Experimental Digital Narratives to Resist Criminalization
    • Dónal O’Donoghue, Professor, Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia: Becoming Somebody in Boys’ Schools
    • Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis, Assistant Professor in the School of Visual Arts, Pennsylvania State University: Decolonial Body Politics: Asian Refugee Girls’ Webtune Anime as Anti-White Privilege
    • Jennifer Rowsell, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies in the Faculty of Education at Brock University: Feeling with Materials: Analyzing Young People’s Affect-Driven Maker Practices
    • Kevin Gosine, Associate Professor of Sociology at Brock University: Reconciling Divergent Worlds in the Lives of Marginalized Youth
    • Shauna Pomerantz, Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University: ‘It’s my Lifeblood’, or Why Do We Disparage What Girls Value Most in Their Construction of Self?
    • Fiona Blaikie, Professor, Art Education, Faculty of Education at Brock University: Embodied, Constructed and Performed Youth Identities in Relation to Global Celebrity Influencers, Popular Culture, Social Media and Intersectionality: Dreaming the Impossible Dream.

    The discussions will be moderated by Dolana Mogadime, Associate Professor in Brock’s Faculty of Education. Mogadime’s scholarship resides in the arenas of ethnographic, auto-ethnographic and narrative inquiry. She focuses on social justice and intersectionality, particularly around issues of race, gender and class.

    Refreshments and lunch will be provided at the symposium. Members of local school boards have also been invited.

    Capacity for the event is limited and registration is required by Thursday, Jan. 24 for catering purposes. For more details on the day’s speakers and to register for the event, visit the Faculty of Education website.

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  • Event: IRC Future Ready Sessions

    The Instructional Resource Centres are hosting a series of Future Ready Sessions for students, instructors and faculty. All sessions qualify for Experience Plus for students.

    These 45-minute sessions will focus on exploring future-ready instructional resources available in the IRC as well as discussions of how these can be incorporated into classrooms. Future readiness and STEAM awareness are defining characteristics of the contemporary learner. The objective of these sessions is to prepare for the risk-taking, digital literacy and innovative instructional strategies required to serve future learners.

    Sessions will take place in the IRC at each campus.

    St. Catharines IRC sessions

    Tuesday sessions are held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., while Thursday sessions are held at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. For those whose schedules conflict with the sessions offered, there is an opportunity to book alternates times for groups of four or more people. Contact dpotts@brocku.ca to book sessions or with any questions.

    • Sept. 18 & 20 – 3D Printing
    • Sept. 25 & 27 – Computational Thinking
    • Oct. 2 & 4 – Coding & Robotics Part 1
    • Oct. 23 & 25 – Electric Circuits & Engineering Design
    • Oct. 30 / Nov. 1 – Coding & Robotics Part 2
    • Nov. TBD – iPADS in the Classroom

    Hamilton IRC sessions

    For students at the Hamilton Campus, specific topic sessions (listed above) can be booked for groups of four or more to accommodate schedules. Contact swelbourn@brocku.ca to book a session. Upcoming pre-scheduled sessions include:

    • Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. – 3D Printing
    • Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. – 3D Printing
    • Sept. 25 at 11:15 a.m. – 3D Printing

     

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  • Considering a career in education?

    We know a great teacher can make all the difference. That teacher can be you.

    The Faculty of Education is hosting a series of information sessions on Brock’s Consecutive Teacher Education program. Join us to learn more about the program, application timelines, admission requirements and more.

    Register to attend on Monday, 17 September 2018 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. This session takes place in WH209.

    Register to attend on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. This session takes place in STH216.

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  • Seminar: Elementary School Mathematics Education in India

    Implications for Teacher Training programs for Mathematics Teachers

    Join Dr. Anjali Khirwadkar from the Faculty of Education for a Math Ed Seminar Series @ Brock event on April 23 at 10:00 a.m. in WH130.Read more

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