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.
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