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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning



Ron Lancaster
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

phone: (416) 978-0114
email: ron.lancaster@utoronto.ca  

Departments:
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education


Research Overview

Ron is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto where he teaches mathematics methods courses for future middle and high school teachers. He has over 20 years of experience teaching grades 7-12 mathematics. Ron's professional activities include consultations and conference presentations in North America, Asia, England, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar and Africa. Ron is an author for the NCTM (The Mathematical Lens) and member of the Advisory Board for the Museum of Mathematics in New York City. He is the recipient of the 2015 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award Recognizing Innovation and Excellence in Mathematics Education awarded by the Fields Institute.

https://www.fields.utoronto.ca/press/14-15/SinclairAward2015.html

Curriculum Vitae

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/Curriculum_Vitae/Ron_Lancaster_CV.pdf

Academic History

Master of Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, 1980
Bachelor of Education, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, 1977
Honours Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 1975

Teaching Overview

Ron has taught the following courses:

• Intermediate/Senior Mathematics
• Primary/Junior Mathematics
• Junior/Intermediate Mathematics

Representative Publications

NON-REFEREED JOURNAL COLUMNS

Zero Degrees, Bristol, England (2010), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 103(7): pp 478-481

Mathematical License (2010), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 103(6): pp 398-401

Roller Coasters and Railways, Orlando, Florida (2009/2010), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 103(5): pp 328-331

Woodstock Revisited, Sullivan County, New York (2009), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 103(4): pp 246-249

Playground Icosahedron, McFarland, Wisconsin (2009), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 103(3): pp 206-208

Planes, Ferries and Cylinders: Some Conic SectionsB (2009), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 103(2): pp 104-107

Building Mathematically, Beijing, China (2009), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 103(1): pp 14-16

Watching Buildings Go Up, Toronto, Ontario (2009), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 102(9): pp 656-659

Annuals, Perennials, Periodicals, Canton, New York (2009), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 102(8): pp 586-590

The Moving Ladder, Toronto, Ontario (2009), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 102(7): pp 492-496

Starry Night, Central Park, Manhattan, New York (2009), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 102(6): pp 408-412

Tent Mathematics, Campsite in Massachusetts (2008/2009), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 102(5): pp 356-358

Fifty-Six Views of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Utah (2008), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 102(4): pp 276-279

Quilt Blocks, Neversink, New York (2008), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 102(3): pp 206-208

Slippery Slopes, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas (2008), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 102(2): pp 116-119

Reflections, Electric City, Tokyo (2008), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 102(1): pp 24-26

Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Turkey (2008), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 101(9): pp 652-654

Wagon, Luang Prabang, Laos (2008), The Mathematical Lens, The Mathematics Teacher, 101(8): pp 586-590

Honours and Awards

2006-2007 OISE Award for Excellence in Initial Teacher Education
2015 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award Recognizing Innovation and Excellence in Mathematics Education awarded by the Fields Institute.

https://www.fields.utoronto.ca/press/14-15/SinclairAward2015.html

Professional Activities

Keynote Addresses:

• 2010. Mozart’s Dice Game and other beautiful connections between probability, music, art, drama and literature. The Ontario Association for Mathematics Education Leadership Conference. Toronto, Ontario.
• 2009. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa: Using fiction to teach mathematics and to promote reading. Annual Conference of The Independent Schools of Ontario Mathematics Association. Upper Canada College. Toronto, Ontario.
• 2009. Wordplay and a Mathematical Analysis of the Poetry of JonArno Lawson. Scarborough Association for Mathematics Education Winter Conference. Scarborough, Ontario.
•2008. Mozart’s Dice Game and other beautiful connections between probability, music, art, drama and literature. The Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.
•2007. The mathematical writings of Martin Gardner. The South East Asia Mathematics Competition for Students. Singapore American School. Singapore.
•2007. Put on a pair of mathematical glasses and view the world through a mathematical lens. The South East Asia Mathematics Competition for Students. Singapore American School. Singapore.
•2007. Beautiful results that require patience, perseverance, careful work and good organizational skills. The South East Asia Mathematics Competition for Students. Singapore American School. Singapore.
•2006. The Mathematical Lens: Using photographs as a springboard for mathematical inquiry. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference. St. Louis, Missouri.
•2006. Mathematical snapshots. 22nd Annual Conference on Teaching Mathematics. Southern Illinois University. Carbondale, Illinois.

Recent Conference Presentations:
•2009. Calculus before Calculus: Activities to enrich any algebra, geometry or precalculus course. Ten-hour course. The 25th Annual Anja S, Greer Conference on Secondary School Mathematics, Science and Technology. Phillips Exeter Academy. Exeter, New Hampshire.
•2009. The Mathematical Lens: Photographs, videos, new features of Sketchpad and mathematical inquiry. Ten-hour course. The 25th Annual Anja S, Greer Conference on Secondary School Mathematics, Science and Technology. Phillips Exeter Academy. Exeter, New Hampshire.
•2008. Calculus before calculus. Ten-hour course. The 24th Annual Anja S, Greer Conference on Secondary School Mathematics, Science and Technology. Phillips Exeter Academy. Exeter,