February 24, 2024

Helping Teachers Teach Mathematics Conference -HTTMC – 2024


Helping Teachers Teach Mathematics Conference -HTTMC

One major objective of AIMS Ghana as a UNESCO Category II Centre of Excellence is to provide training and professional development in the Mathematical Sciences for high school teachers across Africa. In line with this, AIMS Ghana in collaboration with the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) at the University of Waterloo, Canada is organizing a conference on helping teachers to teach Mathematics and Computing.

The goal of the conference is to provide current teachers in Africa with the opportunity to expand their knowledge on how to teach mathematics foundations of the core high school curricula. It is also aimed to expose them to new ways of teaching and applying modern mathematics. Most talks in the conference include tasks that will be directly applicable to daily classroom teaching. The conference will also challenge the teachers to brainstorm creative and dynamic ways of transmitting their knowledge to students.

The AIMS Ghana – CEMC Helping Teachers Teach Mathematics Conference (HTTMC) will be held at the University of Ghana from 24th – 26th of April 2024. This blended (online/in-person) conference for Mathematics teachers is an opportunity to connect and share ideas. The Helping Teachers Teach Mathematics Conference (HTTMC) is to help bring educators together to share their knowledge and expertise, help build new connections and tap into a renewed enthusiasm for mathematics and computing.


Helping Teachers Teach Mathematics Conference -HTTMC

  • Comfort Mintah, University of Waterloo, CEMC
  • Angela Tabiri, AIMS Ghana
  • Rob Gleeson University of Waterloo, CEMC
  • Charlene Asiedu, AIMS Ghana

Helping Teachers Teach Mathematics Conference -HTTMC

Speaker: Ian VanderBurgh

Bio: Ian VanderBurgh has been the Director of the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) at the University of Waterloo since 2005 and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Mathematics at Waterloo since 2000, teaching mainly first- and second-year calculus and algebra courses and online courses in the CEMC’s Master of Mathematics for Teachers (MMT) program, of which he is also Director.  In 2008, Ian received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University, and in 2016, Ian won the Canadian Mathematical Society’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He enjoys sharing his love of math with students and teachers and has led workshops throughout Canada, as well as in India, England, Luxembourg, Ghana, and Kenya.

Title: Problem Solving is the Future

Abstract: Our world needs problem solvers.  In mathematics education, we have a unique opportunity to help train our students for this pressing need.  We will do some problem solving and talk about how this can be incorporated in our teaching practice.

Speaker: Marcel te Bokkel

Bio: Marcel te Bokkel is a graduate from the Mathematics Teaching Option and the Master’s of Mathematics for Teachers programs from the University of Waterloo.  He has been involved in secondary mathematics education since 1992, in various roles from classroom teacher, department head, and most recently as YRDSB Secondary Mathematics consultant.  Presently, he is Vice Principal at Innova Academy in Newmarket, Ontario.

Title: Area Models Presentation

Abstract: The regular use of visual representations play a critical role in opening access to understanding for all students.  When students are asked to visualize a problem and draw ideas that they might have, students exhibit higher levels of engagement. In classrooms where visuals play a greater role, more opportunities are available for students to develop an understanding of the mathematical ideas that are not present without the visuals. We will explore together how some games, models and tools can support the development of mathematics understanding in students.  We will consider the area model as it builds understanding throughout the grades.  Some resources will be links as well.

Speaker: Jason Van Rooyen 

Bio: Jason Van Rooyen  has been teaching for 30 years in Ontario, Canada high schools and lives near Toronto.  He teaches both mathematics and computer science including teaching the International Baccalaureate High Level Mathematics for approximately 15 of those years. He has been the Mathematics Department Head at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville for twenty years.  He loves exploring good problems.

Title:  Rich Tasks for Your Classroom

Abstract: This talk will explore different mathematical tasks that can be used in a math classroom. Each of the tasks will have common entry points for all students but students of varying abilities will be able to reach different end points.  Both Core and Elective-appropriate questions will be explored and often combined.

Speaker: Chisara P. Ogbogbo

Bio: Chisara P Ogbogbo holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Ibadan. Nigeria. (With specialization in Financial Mathematics). She is currently the Head of the Department of Mathematics, University of Ghana, Legon. Her research interests are Financial Mathematics, computational Finance, Mathematical modeling, especially stochastic modeling involving the financial market. Chisara has written a number of research papers published in competitive peer reviewed, international journals of Mathematics and Science. She has a significant number of collaborations globally.  She has supervised many students. She is also involved in programs for Training Teachers for effective teaching of Mathematics.  She is a recipient of a number of grants and academic fellowships, and also a mentor and advocate for Girls in STEM. 

Title: Destroying the Phobia for Mathematics, through Innovative Communication of the Subject.

Abstract: The ability of teachers to communicate Mathematics effectively will make a great difference in the learning process. To take our place in STEM education, Mathematics teachers need to be grounded, innovative, and dynamic with the teaching methods. Students would respond positively to Mathematics, if it is made interesting to the students. Even in the absence of modern technology in most African classrooms, something can still be done, to drive the necessary change, and inject enthusiasm. In my talk, I will present series of illustrations (using basic algebra, calculus, financial Mathematics) to sensitize the teachers and demonstrate that the teaching of Mathematics can be tailored, to suit even the students who have a phobia for Mathematics.

Speaker: Rich Dlin

Bio: Rich believes that guiding young people along their path is one of the highest honours and greatest responsibilities, which is why he is drawn to education and why he has been so focused on improving the student experience. Rich’s journey as an educator includes university lecturer, international lecturer, public speaker, high school teacher and math department head.  He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a degree in education from the University of Western Ontario. Rich has worked with thousands of students both in class and one-on-one, helping them to realize their full potential in mathematics success – a potential often far exceeding the students’ own expectations. He is passionate about the joy of learning and has found that the study of mathematics is a perfect path to discovering that joy. Rich believes that the threefold essence of a strong teacher is passion for learning, for students, and for the subject matter. He therefore works to teach and model all three of these, along with a good dose of humour to establish humanity. The depth of experience and introspection available through the study of mathematics is profound, and this, coupled with constant scrutiny of his ability to communicate it to a range of personalities, learning styles, and innate interest and ability levels, informs his approach as an educator.

Colloquium: Using Paradox to Motivate Thought and Learning: The Mysteries of Infinity

Abstract 1

In modern non-mathematical discourse, the word infinity is used often, and without a true notion of its mathematical implications. In mathematics, the contemplation of infinity as a concept is as old as time (and how old is that?). Infinity can transcend the math classroom and take us into the realms of philosophy and even religion. And while we may not truly understand infinity, we have done a lot of work to harness it! In this talk, Rich will discuss some implications of infinity through a mathematical lens. He will highlight some paradoxes that arise in even the most basic mathematics, and how we resolve them (or at least, quantify them) in mathematics.

Title: Understanding Mathematics: Returning to The Why

Abstract 2

Very often our approach to teaching mathematics leads students to believe that math is about “getting the right answer”. This methodology focuses on algorithmic approaches to answering questions, which is to say, it teaches students “how” to do mathematics. In this session we will cover the motivation for and methods to facilitate a purer approach to high school mathematics. We will investigate ways to help students see the “why” of the mathematics we teach, as opposed to the “how”. Topics will range from ‘simple’ things like exponent rules and solving equations, to more sophisticated concepts like teaching students to think deeply about zero and infinity, and why limits really are a big deal. This type of approach makes math enjoyable, easier to understand, and pays huge dividends as our students progress through to higher levels of mathematics study.

Speaker: Carly Ziniuk

Bio: A 2016 Descartes Medalist, Carly Ziniuk is a teacher of Mathematics and Statistics in Toronto, Canada. The “In the Middle” columnist for the OAME Gazette, she has extensive international writing and speaking expertise in middle and secondary school mathematics, showing how to apply real-life data to engage students in solving problems. Highlighted work at the National Gallery of Canada, NCTM, TVOntario/ILC. This year she has presented widely on the historical connections to curve stitching, linking modern Bezier curves with coronal loops. Carly is demonstrating widely how to use NASA resources in Math classrooms as part of the 2023-4 NASA Space Apps Collective: Building an Inclusive Global Space Community.  She has shown teachers the mathematical underpinnings of astronomical occurrences like Leap Days and the upcoming total solar eclipse. 

Title: Out of this World: NASA/CSA Resources for Math Educators

Abstract: With our theme “Building an Inclusive Global Space Community,” the NASA Space Apps Collective is using open data to spark innovations. As a Collective member and teacher, I will share free, easily-accessible astronomy, space, and climate resources. Learn how to apply open datasets, use beautiful satellite images, stream video content, incorporate local “Astroindigenous” knowledge, download posters, find ready-to-use lesson plans with solutions, and illustrate math concepts with astronomy facts.

Speaker: Mike Jacobs

Bio: Mike Jacobs is a Mathematics Consultant K to 12 for Durham Catholic District School Board in Ontario, Canada. Originally from Yorkshire in the U.K., he has been teaching for 34 years. He is passionate about finding effective ways to learn and enjoy mathematics. He has created number sense puzzles called yohaku puzzles and his favourite prime number is 23. When he is not working, he enjoys running and climbing mountains.

Title: Shaping Up Using the Concrete-Diagrammatic-Symbolic continuum in Geometry

Abstract: In this session we will look at how we can help our students develop a deeper understanding of many high school geometry concepts by using the concrete-diagrammatic-symbolic continuum. In particular, we will look hands-on activities to learn about circle properties, triangle properties and the Pythagorean Rule.

Speakers: Amanda Zammit and Sheri Hill

Bio 1: Amanda Zammit has been a teacher for 10 years and specializes in biology and mathematics. As an educator, Amanda is dedicated to understanding her students, breaking down math barriers, and instilling confidence by making the subject personally meaningful. Beyond the classroom, she enjoys expressing her creativity through knitting and crochet, and has a passion for travelling, exploring the cuisines and cultures of new places.

Bio 2: Sheri Hill brings over 20 years of teaching experience, specializing in mathematics and computer science. Passionate about the subject, she enjoys exploring the intricacies of mathematics and fostering students’ enjoyment of the learning journey. With a keen eye for mathematical applications in everyday life, Sheri endeavors to integrate math into her courses in a purposeful manner. Beyond the classroom, she finds joy in raising her two daughters, organizing STEM camps, and participating in cottage life.

Title: Shaping Up Using the Concrete-Diagrammatic-Symbolic continuum in Geometry.

Abstract: Exploring the Intersection of Mathematics, Art, and Nature: In our educational journey, we’ve embraced an innovative teaching method that blends symmetric art from diverse cultures with observations from the natural world. Our aim is to look into applying mathematical principles to tangible elements encountered in our environment. Through a hands-on approach, we examine the process of drawing, designing, and calculating using both traditional techniques and computer-based tools. We invite you to join us in discovering how this approach enriches mathematical comprehension and nurtures creative problem-solving abilities.

Speaker: David Petro

Bio: David Petro is the former Math, Science and IT consultant at the Windsor Essex Catholic DSB. Currently, he is the vice principal at St.Thomas of Villanova High School. He has also been known to work on curriculum and textbook writing from time to time (most recently, on the latest Data Management textbook from the former McGraw Hill). He is also a Desmos Fellow. In his spare time he helped to raise a small herd of 3 humans (who have grown up to be adults) and compete in Ironman triathlons. Find him on Twitter @davidpetro314.

Title: Exploring ideas to help students talk about Math in class

Abstract: If your students are doing the talking about math then they are doing the thinking. In this session we will explore ideas and techniques to get students to talk to each other and you about the math you are doing in class. When students are active members of your class, there is a greater chance they will do better when they start to work independently. Come to this session ready to talk.


Helping Teachers Teach Mathematics Conference -HTTMC

Speakers List

Ian VanderBurgh, Director , Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing,
University of Waterloo
Ngozi Peace Chisara Ogbogbo, Head of Department – Mathematics, University of Ghana

Mike Jacobs, Mathematics Consultant K to 12 for Durham Catholic District School Board in Ontario, Canada.

Angela Tabiri, Academic Manager, AIMS-Ghana

Sheri Hill, Math Teacher & Program Leader for Math Craig Kielburger Secondary School
David Stern,  Innovations in Development, Education and the Mathematical Sciences (IDEMS) International

David Petro, Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME), Past President
Marcel te Bokkel, Vice Principal at Innova Academy in Newmarket, Ontario

Jason Van Rooyen , Mathematics Department Head at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville

Carly Ziniuk, Mathematics and Statistics Teacher, OAME Gazette Columnist and NASA Space Apps Collective

Amanda Zammit, Science & Mathematics Department, IB Biology, Craig Kielburger Secondary School

Rich Dlin, Professor, University of Waterloo

Rhoda Hawkins, Academic Director, AIMS-Ghana

Application Information

Helping Teachers Teach Mathematics Conference -HTTMC


Applicants must be Mathematics and Computer Science teachers at the Primary, Junior or Senior high school level ie. Grades 1-12 who will be available to participate either online/ in-person within the stated period.


Click HERE to apply.

For more information, kindly send an email to organizers at httmc@aims.edu.gh. The subject of your email should have your full name and the abbreviations of the conference: HTTMC as shown in the example: Kwesi.Ofori.HTTMC2024.

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Helping Teachers Teach Mathematics Conference -HTTMC

Download conference schedule here.

NB: Schedule is tentative to change

Travel Guide

Travel Guide

Routine Vaccines:
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date.

Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications:
You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling to this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines are right for you.

Diseases include:

Hepatitis A
Yellow Fever – Country Entry Requirements
Hepatitis B
Meningococcal disease
Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travel health and safety:

Emergency medical attention and serious illnesses require medical evacuation. Medical services usually require immediate cash payment.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Prescription drugs
If you take prescription medication, you are responsible for determining its legality in Ghana.


  • Bring sufficient quantities of your medication with you
  • Always keep your medication in the original container
  • Carry a copy of your prescription(s)
  • Pack them in your carry-on luggage

COVID-19 Protocol at AIMS Ghana

AIMS Ghana adopts recommendations from National Covid 19 guidelines, so the main protocol is that anyone visiting Ghana or the Centre is required to be fully vaccinated. All participants should kindly adhere to this protocol.