Yana Weinstein

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Bryan Penfound

Professor of Mathematics, Okanagan College


Interleaved Mathematical Problems: Perspectives from Research & Teaching

This talk will be a co-presentation by Yana Weinstein & Bryan Penfound. Yana has been intrigued by interleaving ever since she started talking to teachers about this technique 18 months ago. These conversations prompted her to dig deeper into the literature to figure out what exactly we know, and what we don’t yet know about how interleaving mathematical problems helps learning. Inspired by current findings in educational psychology, Bryan utilized the interleaving spreadsheet created by The Learning Scientists to mix-up end-of-chapter practice problems in his college calculus class. He will share some of his experiences with interleaving in mathematics, as well as how you might be able to demystify the data that you will obtain.


Yana Weinstein –Yana Weinstein is an Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She received her PhD in Psychology from University College London and had 4 years of postdoc training at Washington University in St. Louis. The goal of her research is to help students make the most of their academic experience. Yana’s research interests lie in improving the accuracy of memory performance and the judgments students make about their cognitive functions. Yana tries to pose questions that have direct applied relevance, such as: How can we help students choose optimal study strategies? Why are test scores sometimes so surprising to students? And how does retrieval practice help students learn? She blogs about learning science and its application to instruction at the Learning Scientists blog.

Bryan Penfound – Over the past two years, Penfound had the opportunity to work jointly with the Faculty of Education and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. Central to his role was to help develop and implement a program to ensure that students had an appropriate level of mathematical proficiency upon entering the Faculty of Education. This included development and delivery of specialized mathematics content courses for pre-service teachers. Inspired by current findings in educational psychology, Bryan has utilized the resources created by The Learning Scientists to mix-up end-of-chapter practice problems in his college calculus class.

Blog: bryanpenfound.wordpress.com