I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Biology in 2008 and my PDP with the focus in Secondary Mathematics in 2009, both from Simon Fraser University. I have successfully defended my thesis, titled “Discussion-Based Learning in a Harkness-based Mathematics Classroom” in the department of Education at SFU under the supervision of Dr. Peter Liljedahl and thus graduated with a Master’s of Science in June 2016. In September 2017 I have started my PhD studies in Mathematics Education at SFU, currently exploring contemplative approach to education with the focus on students’ experiences in the classroom.
Teaching and learning have been my number one priority for fourteen years now and counting, starting in my first year of university. In my professional career I have taught at Simon Fraser University as a teaching assistant, in the Surrey and Burnaby School Districts and in the independent school system at Southridge School. I have developed courses, taught summer school, implemented technology, created alternative assessment methods, conducted classroom research, presented at conferences, created and organized outreach activities, published books, articles and projects, mentored student teachers, and stayed closely connected with the education community in British Columbia. I’m currently an Instructional Coach working and mentoring the faculty and students with discussion-based approach to teaching and learning.
With the introduction of the new curriculum in BC we find ourselves well-prepared and at the cross roads at the same time. I strongly believe in the fundamental pillars and structure developed in our new curriculum and continue to contribute to its development, implementation and growth.
I believe that my knowledge, experience and skills are going to be an asset to many classrooms and practices. I am always looking for new ways to enhance my own practice and stay up-to-day and contribute to engaging the world in technology and educational research. I truly believe that lifelong learning is one of the most important elements of being an outstanding educator and mentor.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss professional development possibilities and things on your mind with teaching and learning of mathematics.
Max Sterelyukhin (BSc, BEd, MSc, PhD in progress)