Richard offers customized professional development workshops for high school mathematics teachers. These Pro-D workshops take place at the host's school or atop the majestic Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.
In these day-long professional development sessions, Richard presents classroom-ready problems for teachers that enable their students to demonstrate the core goals in the new BC math curriculum: developing mathematical understanding and fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought, and creative thinking.
Contact Richard to schedule a customized professional development workshop for your school or school board.
Whenever I encounter people like you who volunteer time and energy to speak at events for our youths, my enthusiasm for being able to bring positive change to our educational system is renewed. Your boundless enthusiasm, effervescent personality, love of your subject, and pedagogical approach to teaching is a joy to behold.
- Martin Pieters, Illinois Institute of Technology and Rainbow PUSH, Chicago, IL
Thank you so much for all of your time spent with us over the past 24 hours. It has been energizing and inspiring to spend my time doing math with many different people. Your enthusiasm and graciousness has inspired a lot of people over the past couple of days.
- Susan Robinson, Gulf Islands Secondary School, Salt Spring Island, BC
I just wanted to say thank you again for such an outstanding day. It's rare to see such an incredible combination of being a math teacher and a mathematician. Thank you again. We really look forward to working with you in the future.
- Andrew Wong, Collingwood School, West Vancouver, BC
I would like to pass on our heartfelt thanks for the time you spent with us to share your love and enthusiasm for mathematics. Your stories of applying mathematics to contemporary issues such as scheduling, drug smuggling and immigration helped to lend credence to the anecdotes we share in class. Your willingness to come back to the school and host a workshop for educators was the icing on the cake and has created many follow-up discussions.
- Richard DeMerchant, St. Michael's University School, Victoria, BC