I am an instructor at Okanagan College who is interested in open-resource assessment and cognitive science in the mathematics classroom. If you would like to discuss one of these topics, or to have me visit your classroom, please contact me. I am always happy to discuss mathematics and to present to all levels of learners!


  • Organizer of the Spring into Math Event: a day of interactive and movement-based mathematics for elementary school students, hosted by Okanagan College
  • Established presenter in Canada (BC, SK, MB, ON, PEI) and internationally (NY, DC)
  • Winner of the Strong Start Faculty Award at Okanagan College (2018)
  • Finalist for the Strong Start Faculty Award at Okanagan College (2017)
  • Designs mathematics workshops for Educational Assistants, home-learners, and elementary/secondary students across Canada

Bryan Around the Internet:



University of Winnipeg
Precalculus Website

Taylor & Francis Online
Power matrices for Faber polynomials and conformal welding ($)

The Variable, Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society
What makes a function, function?

The Learning Scientists
Evidence-Based Practices in Teacher Training
Rethinking Teacher Training

Constructing Trinomials – Where to go Next?

Kerri on the Prairies
Twitter in the Classroom

University of Manitoba
The Manitoban, Two Poems


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Thoughts on closing the attention/deficit gaps
MCATA Fall Conference, Jasper, AB

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: What does cognitive load theory have to say?
researchED Vancouver

Cognitive Load Theory: Moving from Theory to Practice
OAME All In! Ottawa, ON

Disassembling Mathematics Anxiety: Using RoosterMoney to create an accessible classroom culture
UNBOX, Okanagan College, BC

A String of Mathematical Oddities
Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest, Kelowna, BC

Stop “Blocking” Students’ Learning
Connections, Okanagan College, BC

Non-Routine Cognitive Tasks
SUM Conference, Saskatoon, SK

Interleaved Mathematical Problems: Perspectives from Research & Teaching
researchED New York

Adding it all up: A look at BC’s new math curriculum
Okanagan College, BC

Stop “Blocking” Students’ Learning: Flexible and Long-Term Learning via Interleaving
OAME And Now for Something Completely Different, Kingston, ON

Bridging Mathematics & Mathematics Education
researchED Washington, D.C.

Quizzing Software in the Mathematics Classroom
PIMS Emerging Mathematics Instructor Workshop, Winnipeg, MB

Instructional Videos in the Mathematics Classroom
CHARGE Conference, Winnipeg, MB

Connecting the High School Precalculus Curriculum with Higher Education
MAMT Math Outside the Perimeter, Selkirk, MB

Explain the Method: The Use of Video Assignments for Pre-Service Teachers
CMS Summer Conference, Charlottetown, PEI

The Flipped Classroom Model in Post-Secondary Education
CMS Summer Conference, Winnipeg, MB


Master of Mathematics for Teachers (MMT), University of Waterloo
Graduated: Fall 2015
Capstone Project: Proof Techniques: The Uniqueness Method

Master of Science, Mathematics (MSc), University of Manitoba
Graduated: Summer 2010
Supervisor: Dr. Eric Schippers
Thesis: A Study of the Geometric and Algebraic Sewing Equations

Bachelor of Science, MICA* (BSc), Brock University
Graduated:  Summer 2008
Minor: Biology
Concentration: Pure Mathematics
*Mathematics Integrated with Computer Applications



3 responses to “About”

  1. jackie Avatar

    Hi, I found your blog while searching for feedback on Waterloo MMT program. I have noticed that you’ve done MMT and another masters, may I ask why? What made you decide to get two masters, and what makes MMT stand out from a “regular” masters in math?


    1. Bryan Penfound Avatar

      Hey Jackie,
      the MMT is designed for high school teachers who might be looking to upgrade or extend their learning in many areas of mathematics. I took the second masters since I am heavily focused on mathematics teaching within my career, and I thought it would help me stand out from the crowd. It also allowed me to take some math courses that I wasn’t able to during my undergrad/grad programs such as math finance or cryptography. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at bryan.penfound@gmail.com. 🙂


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