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February 2016
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Happy February everyone!

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Curriculum Drafts
The 10-12 curriculum drafts have been updated including the new elective courses for Statistics, Math History, Geometry, Calculus, and Logic / Programming. The new drafts are available on under the "curriculum" tab. Please send your feedback to the ministry:

Fawn Nguyen Speaking at Fall Conference
We are excited to announce that Fawn Nguyen has been confirmed as a speaker at the Fall Conference in Vancouver. Fawn teaches math at Mesa Union Junior High in southern California and is part of the UC-Santa Barbara Mathematics Project leadership team that presents at workshops and retreats for math teachers, coaches, and administrators in the Tri-County area.

Fawn blogs at Finding Ways and also started to help students develop algebraic thinking.

Upcoming Conferences

Interior Math Conference
Date February 19
Location Vernon Secondary School, Vernon
Online Registration Click here to register
Program Available here
Keynotes Cathy Bruce / Tara Flynn
Tapestry Conference
Date February 19
Location Esquimalt High School, Victoria
Keynote Eddie Robinson
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BCTF New Teachers' Conference
Date February 26-27
Location Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Richmond
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PIMS Changing the Culture
Date May 13
Location SFU Harbour Centre
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BCAMT Fall Conference
Date October 21
Location Gladstone Secondary School, Vancouver

BCAMT Book Club

Please take a look at BCAMT’s new book club page:
The comments are open for you to let us all know your impressions of the books or how you may have used the books in your classroom.

Basic Facts Pamphlet

Do students need to memorize basic facts?

Is knowing basic facts important for students to be successful in mathematics?

Thoughts on these questions and more can be found in BCAMT’s Basic Facts pamphlet:


Vector is always looking for articles from all math teachers in BC. If you have a personal teaching experience to share, please consider writing an article. Perhaps you have discovered a great new way to for students to experience geometry, or you have tried a unique assessment model (it doesn’t even have to be a story of success), we would love to hear from you. Send stories of your experiments, discoveries, and journeys in math education to The next edition of Vector will be mailed in the Spring.

Questions Worth Asking

The BCAMT is proud to present a collection of stories by educators from across the province called Questions Worth Asking About Assessment in Mathematics Classrooms. Three chapters are available online as a preview:

To purchase copies of the book ($15 + S&H), please email Colin McLellan at

Problem of the Month

Design a circuit board that connects opposite pairs of points on this circular disk. The problem is that no connectors may overlap and no more than two connectors may go “around the back” of the point.

connect the dots


Interesting Maths

Check out the Euler Line on Numberphile: Triangles have a Magic Highway

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