This year’s Fall Conference will be held on October 21 at Gladstone Secondary in Vancouver.
Our chosen theme, “Math is Social”, addresses the increasing attention paid to the social nature of learning (and teaching) in recent years, and a move away from teacher-centred and individual learning. This is reflected by the fact that “Communication” and “Personal and Social” competency are two of the core competencies in BC’s revised curricula.
Register before July 1 to receive a super-early-bird registration rate as low as $110 (including the $40 BCAMT membership) for BCTF members.
For more information, visit our conference website at www.bcamt.ca/fall2016
The latest edition of Vector is now online. It can also be found in the electronic archive of all past issues of vector. Please note that this archive now has its own search engine for finding relevant articles on topics of your choice.
Just in time for our winter break, the BCAMT book club web page is operational.
The featured books will change over time, but we will keep a history of all reviewed books with reader comments and ratings. If you have read any of the feature books already, please take some time to write your own comment and give a rating. The comments section can also be a place to start a discussion – this is how it will start to feel more like a book club.
Videos of the seven ignite speakers at the Northwest Conference in Whistler are now online. Six can be found here on youtube and the seventh is hosted on vimeo by Andrew Stadel.
Each year the BCAMT budgets $5000 to give away in grants, generally to groups who want to work collaboratively on projects related to math education in BC. Last year we supported the Math Challengers program (https://apeg.bc.ca/Math-Challengers/Math-Challengers-Home) and a cross-district Reggio-inspired project (https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCAMTreggio). Although the deadline has passed this year, there is still a significant amount of money available, so we have extended the dealine to January 8. Note that successful applicants must write an article detailing their work for “Vector”.
For more information, and an application form, please visit www.bcamt.ca/grants.
We regret to announce that this year’s New Teachers’ Conference has been cancelled. If you have already registered, you should receive a refund on your registration in the next couple of days.
Children learn mathematics to help them make better sense of the world around them, and to develop skills necessary in their lives. Part of this is achieving computational fluency with basic multiplication and addition facts. The BCAMT has produced a pamphlet (and accompanying web page) for parents, teachers, and students that attempts to answer some frequently asked questions about how to learn basic number facts. You can access it and download the pamphlet at www.bcamt.ca/facts.
In addition to the BCAMT membership, Elementary schools across the province have received a special edition of Vector (the official journal of the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers) supporting the teaching of mathematics in the elementary classroom.
This exciting publication includes many well-known mathematics specialists from our province who present numerous mathematical investigations and teaching strategies that can be used in their classroom.
An online version (in colour) may be found at:
In support of the new curriculum, the BCAMT has developed a website that will host example resources that can be used to assess and guide students using the core curricular competencies. You can find it here:
To order a copy of the BCAMT’s collection of stories on assessment, please go to www.bcamt.ca/questions